Briefs: Physical Sciences
Measurement Via Optical Near-Nulling and Subaperture Stitching

A subaperture stitching interferometer system provides near-nulling of a subaperture wavefront reflected from an object of interest over a portion of a surface of the object. A variable optical element located in the radiation path adjustably provides near-nulling to facilitate...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Carl Zeiss Microscopy (Peabody, MA) has launched the AURIGA® Laser, a new system that combines the AURIGA® CrossBeam (FIB-SEM) workstation with a pulsed micro-focus laser for fast ablation of material. The AURIGA® Laser...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Edmund Optics® (Barrington, NJ) has introduced new Power over Ethernet (PoE) cameras. Each device includes software that allows the user to set area of interest (AOI), gain, exposure, white balance, frame rate, trigger delay,...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Spiricon (North Logan, UT) has introduced BeamMic™, a new laser beam analyzer that combines the essentials for beam analysis in a low-cost, entry-level system. BeamMic includes easy-to-use software that measures...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Sensor

Maxim Integrated Products (Sunnyvale, CA) offers the MAX44000, a digital ambient-light and infrared proximity sensor that detects light like a human eye. Designed using the company’s proprietary BiCMOS technology, the IC integrates three optical sensors, two ADCs, and digital functionality into a 2mm x 2mm x 0.6mm package.

Products: Photonics/Optics

American Polarizers (Reading, PA) has introduced glass 3D circular polarizing filters for use with dual projection systems. API filters feature a range of sizes up to 14" x 20". Tight control of transmission...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Renesas Electronics (Tokyo, Japan) and California Eastern Laboratories (Santa Clara, CA) are now sampling the 405-nm Blue-Violet Laser Diode, the NV4V31MF. The NV4V31MF provides precise laser emission supporting particle...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

NASA is developing the next generation of X-ray optics that could be used in an orbiting X-Ray Observatory. The “lens” consists of thousands of mirrors positioned to reflect X-rays at a...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics

NASA’s latest mission to Mars in November 2011 sent the Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” to assess whether Mars ever had, or still has, an environment...

Techs for License
Piezo-Powered Actuators Offer Reduction in Weight

A set of piezoelectric actuators weighs 4 to 50 times less than other robotic actuators in end-effectors, including hydraulic or solenoid devices. The small piezos use ultra-low power: 3 mA holding current at 6.8 VDC, 7.5 mW. The piezo technology is a scalable actuator moved by a pre-loaded piezo...

Techs for License
Microscopic Sphere Production Process Eliminates Classification Needs After Processing

A new process produces microspheres of an extremely narrow size distribution and high homogeneity, measuring between 2 and 10 μm. The process can make the microscopic spheres from any material that can be polymerized; acrylic and styrene spheres have been...

Tech Needs
Creation of Novel Optical Effects

A client seeks transformative technologies that will enable a variety of optical effects or hidden messaging to be created directly onto consumer products and its packaging. Reversible effects that are triggered by external stimuli, such as water (hydrochromic) and light (photochromic), are of interest....

Tech Needs
Reduction of Plastics Used in Packaging

An organization must reduce the amount of plastic resin used in packaging, while maintaining the package’s structural integrity and functionality through the supply chain. It may be possible, for example, to inject air bubbles into plastic resin in such a way as to maintain container size, shape, and...

Products

The tPac™ Telemonitor ing System from Dataforth Corp., Tucson, AZ, provides a complete remote-access monitoring solution in a box. Users connect sensors to the tPac system...

Products: Lighting

Light Efficient Design (North Barrington, IL) recently introduced its new LED-8025 Garage / Utility light. Designed for low bay applications in parking structures and warehouses, this patent pending lamp replaces...

Products: Lighting

GE Lighting (East Cleveland, OH) recently announced a light-emitting diode replacement for the 100-watt incandescent light bulb that packages 27 watts of input power in a standard “A-19” bulb shape. The GE Energy...

Products: Lighting

Magnalight.com from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced its explosion-proof BLG-LED-4 LED blasting gun light. Battery powered and mounted to a standard industrial blasting gun, the BLG-LED-4 LED includes a lens...

Products: Lighting

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) has introduced the TPS92311, an off-line primary side sensing controller. AC input voltage supports all common line voltages (100V, 120V, 230V, 240V, 277V), and adaptive constant on-time (COT)...

Products: Lighting

Intematix Corporation (Fremont, CA) has announced the availability of ChromaLit™ Contour. Lighting manufacturers can implement ChromaLit Contour to produce 60, 75 and 100 watt-equivalent omni-directional light in an LED...

Products: Lighting

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) recently announced that its new LED array holder will support Citizen Electronics’ recently introduced Chip on Board (COB) series of arrays: CLL010, CLL020, CLL030, CLL040 and CLL050. Molex...

Products: Lighting

Osram Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has built an Automotive Signal LED Selector, a new Webbased smart phone app for designers of exterior automotive lighting. Available for the iPhone, Android, Blackberry OS, or other...

Products: Lighting

Light control manufacturer Lutron Electronics (Coopersburg, PA) recently announced the addition of the Maestro ® digital fade dimmer to its C•L™ dimmer collection. C•L dimmers work not only with today’s most...

Products: Lighting

Global Lighting Technologies (Brecksville, OH) has improved the performance of its standard 2×2 ft.-square, edgelit, LED-based flat panel downlight assembly by developing a brighter and more efficient SSL for ceiling...

Products: Lighting

Everlight Electronics (Taipei, Taiwan) has introduced the “Shwo D” LED series of surface-mount, high-power devices. With standard operating current of 350mA, the LEDs measure 3.5 × 3.5 × 0.58 mm. When driven at...

Products: Lighting

The PDA080B-48VG LED driver from Phihong USA (Fremont, CA) is rated for inputs of 100 VAC to 304 VAC. The driver, which has a maximum output of 80W at 48 VDC and 1.67A, is compliant with UL8750 and bears safety approvals...

Products: Lighting

austriamicrosystems (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) has released the AS3674 and AS3490 LED backlight drivers for smartphone LCD displays. The LED drivers enable application efficiency at a peak level of 90%,...

Products: Lighting

The ZELARA series from Zenaro Lighting (Boynton Beach, FL) offers LED-recessed light fixtures with two diameters of 118 and 170 mm. The ZELARA downlights achieve light beams of at least 15°, 35°, and 50°. Two light...

Podcasts
Sandeep Yayathi, Robotics Engineer, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

The Robonaut is a humanoid robot, so it’s a robot that looks very much like a person. It has two arms, similar degrees of freedom, and some complex dexterous hands. The hands are also very similar to what we have on our arms. The goal is for the Robonaut to be able to...

Articles: Lighting Technology

The solid-state lighting industry continues to develop LEDs with higher lumens per watt, in alignment with Haitz Law, which states that the cost per lumen falls by a factor of 10 every decade...

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