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March 14, 2006 at 3:50 PM

Musical chairs at Microvision

Another director resigned from Microvision’s board today. Claudio Ruben cited personal reasons for stepping down, but the move was still a surprise and disappointment for the company, which had lost two other board members earlier this month.

Ruben’s departure follows those of board chairman Walter Lack and director Jacqueline Brandwynne. Microvision CEO Alexander Tokman said the company plans to name new board members soon.

The company makes wearable projectors that superimpose images onto a user’s retina, allowing people to view maps and other data while performing tasks. Promising as it is, the technology hasn’t yet projected a way out of more than $200 million in cumulative losses.

Update: Microvision announced a new director joining its board today: Marc Onetto, vice president of worldwide operations for Solectron, a global electronics contract manufacturer. Solectron, based in Silicon Valley, makes parts for tech heavyweights like IBM and Cisco. The choice of Onetto no doubt reflects Microvision’s desire to find hardware partners to help commercialize technologies like a handheld personal projector aimed at consumers.

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