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Motorola To Build Tiny Projectors Into Mobile Devices

The technology would allow people to share movies, personal videos, mobile TV, photographs and presentations on a larger screen.

Motorola this week signed a deal to incorporate projector technology from Microvision in mobile devices, making it possible for people to project pictures and video on a wall or other large surface.

Microvision builds ultra-miniature laser-based projectors that provide a "big screen" viewing experience from mobile devices. The technology is offered 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.

"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 released Tuesday.

Microvision's PicoP projector is an ultra-thin, low-power device that's optimized for use in a mobile gadget. The company's other products include the Nomad Display System, which is a head-worn display that workers can use for hands-free access to digital information. The wireless device, which communicates with a belt-worn computer, is used by the military and other organizations.

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. Microvision first demonstrated its PicoP projector in a mobile device in May during the Society of Information Display conference in Long Beach, Calif.

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.

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