Saturday, October 17, 2009

Light Blue Optics: Interactive Microprojectors in your Day-to-Day Life

Light Blue Optics(LBO)is a privately-owned company in Cambridge, UK, with a facility in Colorado Springs, USA. LBO offeres a holographic laser projection technology that maintains high-resolution images from a pico projector.  This technology looks quite useful, as it has a variety of applications that could easily support our day-to-day activities.

Here are a few pictures of the technology in action from the LBO website:


The pictures above demonstrate how a holographic laser can be projected on a windsheild or side-view mirror to provide safety information to the driver of a car.


The above picture shows how LBO's system can project pictures onto curved and angled surfaces, ideal for use in retail settings.

The mini-projector system can be used for collaborative interaction with multimedia content:

From the LBO Website:  How It Works

"LBO's novel approach to miniature projection has a range of differentiating features and benefits.  The term "holographic" referes not to the projected image, but to the method of projection.  A diffraction pattern of the desired 2D image, calculated using LBO's patented holographic algorithms, is displayed on a custom-designed phase-modulating Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) microdisplay.  When illuminated by coherent laser light, the desired 2D image is projected."


Touching the void  -(Memex 1.1, John Naughton, 9/16/09)
Head-up Displays go Holographic -(MIT Technology Review, Duncan Graham-Rowe, 10/15/09)
Interactive microprojectors -(The Economist,  6/9/09)
SID Vehicles and Photons 2009: 16th Annual Symposium on Vehicle Displays

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