Light Blue Optics Demonstrates Miniature Projection Systems At CES 08

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Light Blue Optics (LBO) today announced it will show a range of miniature projection systems at the International Consumer Electronics Show, 7 - 10 Jan (CES 08). The systems are ideal for deployment in a range of markets including consumer electronics and automotive and feature significant laser speckle reduction, an ultra-wide throw angle and a new custom designed phase-modulating microdisplay component that delivers high brightness WVGA images. This news follows LBO's recent closure of a $26 million Series 'A' funding round to accelerate its product development programme.

    LBO's miniature projection systems use laser light sources to create bright, full colour, high-quality video images with the widest possible colour gamut. Only LBO's patented holographic laser projection technology can simultaneously deliver a range of enabling features and benefits including high brightness, in-built laser speckle reduction, an ultra-wide throw angle, focus-free operation, low power consumption, and a robust design that naturally lends itself to miniaturisation and low cost manufacture.

The systems incorporate a fast-switching phase modulating FLCOS microdisplay with a 7x7mm active area, custom designed for LBO by development partners Displaytech Inc. In addition, LBO's miniature projection systems deliver an ultra-wide throw angle greater than 90 degrees, creating large images at very close proximity to the projector aperture. This unique feature enables new use cases to be realised, such as the projection of images onto a table-top from a small mobile device and ultra thin rear-projection for applications including automotive instrument clusters and Head-up Displays.

Light Blue Optics' CEO, Dr Chris Harris said, "At CES 08, we will demonstrate high-resolution miniature projection systems that significantly reduce laser speckle from within the projection device and deliver ultra-wide throw angles and focus-free operation without compromising the high image quality our customers require. This combination of features is unique to LBO's proprietary holographic laser projection technology, opening up new and exciting use cases in a range of high-volume markets, and positioning us to become the world's leading supplier of miniature projection systems."

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Light Blue Optics (http://www.lightblueoptics.com)

Light Blue Optics (LBO) is a dynamic, privately-owned company, developing miniature projection systems.

LBO's patented holographic laser projection technology delivers bright, full colour, high-quality video images that remain in focus at all distances. The technology's efficiency, small form factor, robustness and cost advantages make it ideally suited for deployment in multiple markets including automotive, digital signage and consumer electronics.

LBO is funded by a group of investors including 3i plc., Earlybird Ventures and Capital-E.

LBO is demonstrating at CES 2008 by invitation only. For more information and to arrange a viewing, please contact:

Displaytech Inc. (http://www.Displaytech.com)

Displaytech, Inc. specializes in high-speed, low-power FLCOS microdisplays that provide brilliant, full-color images in an extremely small package. Founded in 1985, the company has shipped over 17-million imaging devices to some of the world's premier consumer electronics companies including Sony, Kodak, Olympus, JVC, Hitachi, Konica-Minolta, Kyocera and Hewlett-Packard. With over 100 patents granted, licensed or pending, Displaytech has received numerous honors and awards for its unique technology, including being ranked as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America by Deloitte and Touche in 2005.

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