My apologies. We were to speak with the top guy at TouchPico. Unfortunately, he was stuck in an airport. He was trying to arrange for their technical lead to call in, but he is located in Singapore. We spoke with their marketing person for a bit and we all agreed to try to reschedule for August. We do have another podcast with another group on August 12th at 7pm ET.
Yes, it will stream live at 8pm ET tonight on the AV Nation YouTube channel. Then a week or so later, it will post on their website
Touch projection can be done with any display technology. They are using an IR detector.
The TouchPico touch interactive pico projector is coming soon. AND, we are talking with them tonight on our latest podcast!
Nokia has a lot of IP and some really creative uses for pico projection. When MicroVision stated this last company is a Fortune Global 500 OEM and not a Global 100, it was a HUGE tell in my opinion. Based on the last published list by Fortune, you're pretty much talking LG, Nokia, Microsoft, and some other less-likely partners. If it was a top 100 OEM, they would have said so, so those talking Apple, Samsung, etc. are mistaken in my opinion . But, what do I know?
I continue to believe the Global 500 OEM could very well be Nokia. Here is a very intriguing patent application of a wearable-type touch projection system. Laser beam steering is mentioned, in addition to other approaches.
Thanks for the wonderful feedback. Hopefully, something will happen with MicroVision and result in a podcast with us.
Yes, there is a new pico projector to be announced this week by another OEM. Not sure when we'll get the review unit, but it should be soon.
Somebody posted a comment earlier on last night's podcast. If interested, here is the link to the unedited video. The polished version will be available via AV Nation very soon!
Thanks for the kind words. It was a fun show. I agree, having MicroVision on a podcast would be great. They wanted to 6 months ago, but had scheduling issues. I hope they circle back with us to set something up.
My theory is that they would have said Global 100 if they were in the top 100, as they did with Sony. However, you never know. In the top 100 are: Samsung, Apple, HP, Sony, Hitachi, and Panasonic. Only 3 make sense for a smartphone product, Apple, Samsung, and Sony and Sony is already involved.
I believe I have the full list of potential OEMs. If it was a LARGER one like Sony, they would have said Global 100 OEM, like they did with Sony, for what it's worth. However, still a very nice list of companies that fall below the top 100: Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Fujitsu, LG, Nokia, Huawei, and Sharp.
My best guess is LG. They have a ton of IP around pico-enabled phones. Also, one of the few smartphone manufacturers. Others here include Nokia and Huawei. I suppose Nokia would be my second choice, as they have published some very interesting IP with unique uses for pico projection.
For what it's worth...
Lemoptix to show a smartglasses prototype this month using their LBS technology: