The Next Must Have Mobile Device: The PicoP™

Tech reviewers are still writing about the fuzzy line between mobile devices and personal computers. Yes, it's a fuzzy line. Get over it; the line's about to get fuzzier.

Today, no one wants, or in some cases, can afford to be tied to anything; not an office or a desk, not a chair, not a seat in the car or a seat in front of a TV.

Now that even television is going mobile, there seems to be only one big thing missing for the mobile market... and that is projection. Projection, so that you can finally see what's on that mini-screen of yours, and projection, so that you can share the results of your search, the chart you created, the video game you are playing, the photos you have taken, Google maps, your text message, the movie videos, and (yes!), the TV shows and sporting events you like!

Now, I wouldn't lead you this far without the promise of fulfillment, would I?

Enter Microvision®, a Washington-based technology company that's been working on display and mobile imaging since 1993, creating innovative products for industry and the military. Microvision is working on an amazing device called the PicoP™, short for Pico Projector, a mini projector that will take what's on your cell phone, laptop, iPhone®, or game player and project it onto any surface you want for whatever purpose you have!



Movie downloads...

Flirting with your bartender...


Business presentations...



Teasing friends...



Playing video games...


And (my greatest wish) watching TV... soon, soon.

Well, about now, you'll be thinking how will you ever get the quality of an LED television screen? According to Microvision and PicoP's product testers, the picture quality of the PicoP is every bit as clear as the LED screen, and more so.

The PicoP proprietary technology incorporates four functional blocks into a "micro display engine" that

1) breaks down the picture electronically into red, green, and blue signals;
2) sends that information through three laser lights to an optic lens that
3) blends the color information and sends a single modulated light to a MEMS scanning mirror that
4) breaks down the light pixel by pixel to recreate the picture. (see How It Works)

At this level of scanning technology, laser lighting is sharper and more accurate than LED lighting. (Read more about the benefits of this technology here.)

Microvision has covered all bases, with "stand alone" PicoPs and embedded PicoP's. The "stand alone" is a separate handheld device, an accessory to your iPod, cell phone, etc. The embedded PicoPs gives Microvision the opportunity to partner with existing or new device makers that want to offer the projection feature into its mobile device, such as the iPhone or Motorola's new mobile television phone. (That's just a suggestion, not a done deal.)

Microvision is getting production plans underway with Asia Optical, a Taiwanese major player in optics manufacturing. Once the PicoP's are available (I'm betting early 2009), the lines are going to be longer than the iPhone lines. And I, for one, am going to be on one!


Oct 22, 2008
by Anonymous

you must be joking

Is this some sort of microvision commercial? The applications you show are patently ridiculous and are cut-and-paste from micrivision PR. This article is a sham (a commercial disguised as an article).

Oct 22, 2008
by Must Love Gadgets


No, this is not a commercial, and it is not PR. We have no relationship with Microvision. The "applications" you refer to are photos taken by Microvision to show PicoP in use.