Laser Bar Code Scanner Uses MEMS Technology

Microvision, Inc. a leading developer of scanned light beam technology, announced today that it has unveiled a new laser bar code scanner, incorporating the company’s unique MEMS scanning mirror technology. Displayed at the Global Microsoft Mobile and Embedded DevCon (MEDC) Conference in Las Vegas, May 1 – 3, the product, named ROV™ Scanner is a fashionably sleek, hand-held, Bluetooth enabled laser bar code scanner aimed at mobile workers who need simple and affordable data collection solutions on the mobile platforms of their choosing.

Microvision’s pocket-sized ROV Scanner is expected to be released and available for sale through a variety of global distribution channels in the company’s third fiscal quarter of 2007.

The new product, noted for it’s simplicity and affordability, provides reliable ”point and scan” capability, offer a broad range of bar code symbol decodes, boasts onboard memory to hold more than 4,000 scans, and runs on inexpensive AAA batteries. To further support mobile workers, the scanner can be operated using rechargeable batteries and has rubberized grip points to keep the scanner securely fitted in the users’ hand. Also available for the ROV Scanner is connectivity software for all major mobile computing platforms including Windows®, Windows Mobile®, BlackBerry®, Symbian® and Palm®, to enable complete mobile data capture solutions.

“Microvision has long been recognized for its innovation in MEMS-based display and imaging solutions,” stated Ian Brown, Microvision’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. ”We set a bold technology strategy in 2006 to align our core scanning technologies around a new platform that could be manufactured in high-volume and integrated into many display and image capture devices. Incorporating our proprietary MEMS scanning technology into Microvision’s own line of bar code scanners is a perfect example of executing on this strategy. With the Microvision ROV Scanner, powered by our MEMS scanning technology, we are excited to deliver our next generation of simple and affordable bar code products that enables price sensitive data collection, with outstanding reliability and performance for our customers.”

Microvision stated that the company is working with a number of select pre-launch customers prior to full market release. The Microvision ROV scanner is designed to collect data in both simple business environments, and more demanding mobility environments such as construction, field services, transportation, professional services, hospitality, government, retail, manufacturing, and healthcare.

Microvision believes the ROV Scanner with Bluetooth will be particularly attractive to the global community of developers, Information Technology and business professionals who are looking to innovate and scale their mobile data capture applications and solutions.

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