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Software Interface

Gamma Scientific (San Diego, CA) offers SynthiColorTM, a software program that equips the company’s RS-5B spectrally programmable light source with interactive programmability and control. The software provides spectral synthesis, data handling and storage, spectral and colorimetric metrics, and high-speed matrix optimization. The user may create user-defined spectrums, colors, and illuminants, and spectrums may be saved, recalled, displayed, and quantified with regard to their spectrum and colorimetric characteristics. Individual spectral profiles can be imported, matched, and displayed using adjustable matching and illuminant criteria.

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LED Solid-State Lighting

Cree, Inc. (Durham, NC) released the white Cree XLamp® 7090 power LED. Available in volume quantities, the unit produces luminous flux of up to 95 lumens or 85 lumens per watt at 350 mA, and up to 160 lumens at 700 mA (typical luminous flux is 80 lumens at 350 mA, yielding 70 lumens per watt). Designed for general lighting applications (i.e., street lighting) and to augment consumer applications (flashlights), the lamp provides an efficacy at 350 mA. The unit uses the company’s EZBrightTM1000 LED chip.

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Fiber Optic Attenuator Kit

Fiber optic attenuator kits from Timbercon, Inc. (Lake Oswego, OR) provide a means of producing multiple levels of attenuation for several fiber optical cables, and can conduct testing or processing where exact dB loss requirement has not yet been determined. The kits are offered in LC, SC, ST, FC, MU, and mixed connector type configurations, and provide attenuation for component testing, laboratory, manufacturing, and field applications. Each kit combines a series of dual wavelength attenuators with a durable storage case.

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Gigabit Ethernet Camera

Prosilica (Burnaby, Canada) offers the GC Series, a line of ultra-compact gigabit Ethernet cameras for machine vision and industrial applications. With dimensions of 4.3 × 4.6 × 3.3 cm and a weight of 99 grams, features include region of interest readout, binning modes to 8 × 8 pixels, high frame rates, and various color output modes. Also included are on-camera color interpolation and a software development kit. The Ethernet interface is capable of sustained data rates of 125 MBytes/s on standard cable up to 100 meters long.

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Resonator Optics

Alpine Research Optics (ARO, Boulder, CO) provides off-the-shelf intracavity resonator optics for excimer lasers. These are rear high reflectors and uncoated output couplers for use with ArF (193 nm), KrF (248 nm), and XeCl (308 nm) excimer lasers. Both rear mirrors and output couplers are offered in 38.1 mm diameter MgF2 substrates. The optics are specified to have ×/10 flatness and ×/8 wavefront distortion on transmission (633 nm), and a surface quality of 10-5.

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Picoseconds Amplifier Laser

Time-Bandwidth Products, Inc. (Westfield, MA) offers a compact and sealed OEM version of its picoseconds, high repetition rate DuettoTM laser system for industrial and scientific applications like material processing, micro machining, biological tissue manipulation, pump-probe spectroscopy, surface metrology, and non-linear process pumping. The temperature-stabilized laser-head size is 695 × 410 × 122 mm. As an option, the system can be equipped with real pulse on demand (POD), and can provide high energy, high repetition rate picosecond pulses at 532 nm or 355 nm to a work surface.

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Motion Capture Software and Systems for Gait Analysis and Biomedicine

Nowadays, there are many technologies available that are used to quantify the motion of humans and animals. However, recent innovations in optical motion capture systems have added unprecedented capabilities, allowing the same program to be used by clinicians to assess walking deficiencies, i.e., gait analysis, of their patients; by movie animators to quantify the subtle motions of groups of actors; by engineers to evaluate how workers interact with machinery; and by researchers to study the locomotion of animals and better design walking and flying robots.

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