Microvision is currently showing off the prototype of a miniature full-color projection display that is small enough to be built into in hand-held devices, including mobile phones. The demonstrations are going on at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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"Small, two inch displays that are common to mobile devices such as cell phones are barriers to growth of exciting mobility markets, because they limit the user viewing experience, said Alexander Tokman, President and CEO of Microvision. "Our projection display solution is expected to eliminate this bottleneck, benefiting consumers, mobile operators, content providers, and consumer electronics OEMs. Consumers should be able to obtain a radically new viewing experience by projecting photos, videos, movies, and TV from personal mobile devices onto virtually any surface for entertaining and sharing with friends and family — whenever, wherever."
Microvision’s projector can display an image the size of a laptop screen, or if the projection surface is moved further away it can create an image the size of a big screen plasma TV.
The prototype hardware is about the size of a "thin mint" chocolate candy or the generation two iPod shuffle. This could be embedded directly into a device like a mobile phone, or be used as a standalone accessory display with a variety of mobile devices.