MicroVision, Inc.

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Key people
Perry Mulligan, CEO
ProductsLaser Beam Scanning, Projectors, 3D Sensing
Number of employees

MicroVision, Inc.[1] is a US company that develops laser scanning[2] technology for projection, 3D sensing, and image capture. MicroVision's display technology uses a micro-electrical mechanical systems (MEMS) scanning mirror with lasers, optics and electronics to project and/or capture images. The company licenses its products primarily to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Sony Corporation [3] and STMicroelectronics[4]

The MEMS scanning micro-mirror is the basis of MicroVision’s technology platform. The MEMS design consists of a silicon device with a millimeter-scale mirror at the center. The mirror is connected to flexures that allow it to swing vertically and horizontally to display (or capture) an image.[5] In projection-mode the MEMS laser beam scanning display method can be compared to raster scanning in a cathode ray tube (CRT) display. Product applications include mobile projection,[6][7] virtual retinal display,[8] head-mounted display,[9] automotive head-up display,[10] and 3D depth sensing (LiDAR). Head-mounted displays are an emerging area of development.

In May 2018, Microvision entered into a license agreement with a global technology company to use company's display technology to manufacture and sell display-only engines.[11][12]

A MicroVision laser pico projector


  1. ^ "Double Vision: Retinal Displays Add Data Layer". The New York Times. 26 April 2001.
  2. ^ Freeman, Champion, Madhaven--Scanned Laser Pico-Projectors: Seeing the Big Picture (with a Small Device) http://www.microvision.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/OPN_Article.pdf
  3. ^ "Sony's updated laser pico projector, the MP-CL1A is now shipping".
  4. ^ Ltd, SPIE Europe. "MicroVision jumps on auto lidar bandwagon with STMicroelectronics".
  5. ^ "Frequency tunable resonant scanner".
  6. ^ Thill, Scott. "Pico Projector Film Fest Turns Ice Sculpture Into Screen".
  7. ^ Horwitz, Jeremy (15 October 2015). "Review: Sony's MP-CL1 updates a proven HD pico projector with a thin, Apple-friendly shell".
  8. ^ Internet Archive / Panagiotis Fiambolis. "Virtual Retinal Display (VRD) Technology" https://web.archive.org/web/20080413063727/http://www.cs.nps.navy.mil/people/faculty/capps/4473/projects/fiambolis/vrd/vrd_full.html
  9. ^ https://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=11502
  10. ^ https://www.engadget.com/2012/05/09/pioneer-touts-worlds-first-car-gps-with-augmented-reality/
  11. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "BRIEF-Microvision - Entered Into License Agreement To Allow..." U.S. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  12. ^ "-> MicroVision, Inc. Announces New License Agreement with a Leading Technology Company". www.us-tech.com. Retrieved 2018-05-22.

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