jectors and is expected to retail for about
Light Blue Optics (LBO), a startup inCambridge, UK, recently secured another$15 million in funding for its holographiclaser projection technology. With its system, a diffraction pattern of the desired2-D image is calculated using patentedholographic algorithms, then shown on anLCoS microdisplay. When illuminated bycoherent laser light, the desired 2-D imageis projected. Three techniques, two proprietary, are used to remove speckle and improve the image.
LBO’s “cool” factor lies in its ability toturn the projected image into a touchscreen via an infrared beam – invisible tothe eye, superimposed over the projectedimage – and a sensor that detects whenand where the image is touched.
LBO announced in June that its firstproduct will be released to OEM customers in the fourth quarter of 2009.
The WWW.Brighter.Eu (World Wide
Welfare: High Brightness Semiconductor
Lasers for Generic Use) Project aims to
push the limits of current laser diode tech-
nology toward high brightness for health
care, telecommunications and displays such
In the coming months, the red and green
laser modules will be tested for display
application feasibility. The goal is to cre-
ate devices featuring the technology over
the next two to five years.
Late last year TI began selling a DLPPico projector development kit, called DLPDiscovery, that allows developers to incorporate DLP into emerging applications.
“The open source community is usingthe Pico kit in a variety of interestingways: for example, 3-D optical measurement systems and augmented reality overlay of information,” said Arun Chhabra,business development manager of DLPEmbedded at TI. Based on feedback fromdevelopers, he said, “We plan to introducekits that are targeted at more specific application areas” to accelerate experimenta-tion-to-development time.
“Stay tuned over the next six monthsfor exciting developments on this front,”he added.
Microvision also is working with OEMsto design products that embed its PicoP,which is about the size of an Andes chocolate mint. Those products might be introduced in 2010 or 2011, Nichols said.
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as mobile projectors, head-up displays andrear-projection TVs. The € 16.2 million program, a consortium of 23 companies andresearch institutions, began in 2006 with€ 9. 7 million in European Union funding.
It is scheduled to end in January 2010.
Over the course of the project, Brighterannounced a series of firsts in lab-basedrecords for red, infrared and green lasers.