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Microvision Unveils Pre-Production Pico Projector, SHOW WX, at Macworld

Ultra-Small Laser Projector Boasts Simple Focus-Free Use, Bright Wide-Angle Projection, Vibrant Colors and Contrast, and a Pocket-Sized Slim Design

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2009--Microvision (NASDAQ:MVIS), a leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display products for mobile devices, today announced plans to unveil the pre-production version of its laser display solution for mobile devices at Macworld Conference and Expo 2009 in San Francisco. Providing an even more brilliant display experience and a 25% package-size reduction over Microvision's SHOW(TM) prototype, SHOW WX(TM), the code name for the new device, combines ultra-thin pocket-sized convenience with the power to project DVD-resolution images up to 100 inches across.

The production version of SHOW WX is planned to be a simple plug-n-play pico projector for people on-the-go who want to spontaneously view mobile TV, movies, photos, presentations and more. Users could take the pocket-sized projector anywhere, plug it into their portable media players, mobile phones, notebooks and other mobile media devices with TV-Out or VGA functionality and share a big screen experience with friends, family or business associates.

SHOW WX uses Microvision's PicoP(TM) display engine technology to deliver stunningly colorful, bright, vivid and detailed images. The patented display engine technology requires no projection lenses or focus adjustment. As a result, SHOW WX images are always in focus, regardless of projection distance, producing widescreen images as small as 6 inches to as large as 100 inches across.

SHOW WX Features

  • Easy setup: Simply plug and play.
  • Small and sleek: Sits comfortably in the user's hand and easily slips into a pocket or purse; just 118 mm long by 60 mm wide and just 14 mm thick, approximately the size of a personal media player or mobile phone.
  • Always in focus: No focus adjustment is required, ever!
  • Image of any size: Ideal for controlled lighting environments, images are projected as small as 6 inches to 100 inches, or more.
  • Wide projection angle: Brings the "big screen" closer to the user.
  • High-resolution (WVGA) and 16:9 format: Serves both consumer (e.g., video) and business (e.g., presentations) applications.
  • Vivid images: Stunning laser colors combined with exceptional contrast.
  • Long battery life: Expected for the production version, up to 2 hours, provides plenty of time to view a movie on a single charge.

Initial commercial production is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2009, followed by larger commercial quantities in the second half of the year. Consumers interested in receiving more information about the availability of the production version of SHOW WX are invited to join the VIP Club, http://www.microvision.com/showwx/.

See Microvision at Macworld Conference & Expo:

Microvision is providing public demonstrations of SHOW WX at booth number 4427, The Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA from January 6 - 9.

About Microvision (www.microvision.com)

Microvision provides the PicoP display technology platform designed to enable next-generation display and imaging products for pico projectors, vehicles displays, and wearable displays that interface to mobile devices. The company also manufactures and sells its bar code scanner product line, which features the company's proprietary microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Certain statements contained in this release, including those relating to the introduction, timing and quantity of future products and words such as "planned," "could," and "expected," are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the Company's forward-looking statements include the following: our ability to raise additional capital when needed; our financial and technical resources relative to those of our competitors; our ability to keep up with rapid technological change; government regulation of our technologies; our ability to enforce our intellectual property rights and protect our proprietary technologies; the ability to obtain additional contract awards; the timing of commercial product launches and delays in product development; the ability to achieve key technical milestones in key products; dependence on third parties to develop, manufacture, sell and market our products; and potential product liability claims and other risk factors identified from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in circumstances or any other reason.

CONTACT:
Microvision
Matt Nichols, 206-940-4318 (media)
Maria Vetrano, 617-876-2770 (media)
Tiffany Bradford, 425-936-6847 (investors)
Michael Porter, 212-564-4700 (investors)

Source: Microvision