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Motorola phones soon to offer tiny projectors

Posted: 27 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Motorola has sealed a deal to incorporate Microvision's projector technology in mobile devices, making it possible for people to project pictures and video on a wall or other large surface.

Microvision builds ultraminiature laser-based projectors that provide a "big screen" viewing experience from mobile devices. The PicoP projector from Microvision is an ultrathin, low-power device that's optimized for use in a mobile gadget. The technology offers as an easy way for users to share with friends and business associates multimedia applications, such as movies, personal videos, mobile TV, photographs and presentations.

The projector is built upon Microvision's Integrated Photonics Module (IPM), which allows images on portable device screens to be projected on nearby surfaces for improved viewing. Using the IPM to drive a mobile phone projector, images stay in focus at any distance, even on curved surfaces, according to the company.

"Working together with Microvision, we are pursuing ways that projection technology can redefine how mobile consumers view and interact with the media they take with them," Rob Shaddock, chief technology officer for Motorola mobile devices business, said in a statement.

Terms of the Motorola agreement were not disclosed. The companies plan to first integrate the Microvision projector in a functioning mobile device for demonstration purposes.

- Antone Gonsalves

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