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Briefs : Lighting
See Objects Hidden Around Corners
See Objects Hidden Around Corners

A driverless car is making its way through a winding neighborhood street, about to make a sharp turn onto a road where a child’s ball has just rolled. Although no person in the car can see that ball, the...

See Objects Hidden Around Corners
Dynamic White Papers : Lighting
Making the Switch: Adopting LEDs for Light Curing

Because of their many benefits, LEDs are becoming more popular for use with light-curable materials. However, because of technology differences, making the switch from broad-spectrum to LED curing energy sources is seldom a matter of simply replacing conventional lamps with LED units and leaving...

Application Briefs : Software
Guiding the Way in Automotive Plants
Guiding the Way in Automotive Plants

Vision-guided robotics commonly used in today's automotive plants enables robots to “see” the object they are working on so they can perform the required activity accurately on/to an object that is...

Guiding the Way in Automotive Plants
Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Paired Sleep Tracker and Light Therapy Tools Retrain Circadian Rhythms
Paired Sleep Tracker and Light Therapy Tools Retrain Circadian Rhythms

Spinoff is NASA’s annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and...

Paired Sleep Tracker and Light Therapy Tools Retrain Circadian Rhythms
Articles : Lighting
How Sophisticated Wearable Sensors are Changing Healthcare
How Sophisticated Wearable Sensors are Changing Healthcare

In the traditional model of healthcare, a patient would visit a doctor regularly for checkups or for evaluations when there’s an ailment. This model, however, isn’t ideal for...

How Sophisticated Wearable Sensors are Changing Healthcare
Briefs : Software
Compact Science Experiment Module
Compact Science Experiment Module

Crew time on the International Space Station (ISS) is extremely limited for any operations on science payloads. Autonomous science experiments in small, self-contained, cubical payloads are highly desirable...

Compact Science Experiment Module
Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Direct AC LED Engines
Direct AC LED Engines

As the lighting industry continues to mature, vendors continue to pursue inexpensive lighting solutions that offer universal compatibility and are easy to install. For OEMs and manufacturers, LEDs have proven to be a...

Direct AC LED Engines
Articles : Photonics/Optics
Products of Tomorrow: May 2018
Products of Tomorrow: May 2018

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: May 2018
Products : Photonics/Optics
New Products: May 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
New Products: May 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology

Portable Laser Scanner

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (North Kingstown, RI) has announced the Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-XL, a new ultralarge scale portable laser scanner....

New Products: May 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Products : Test & Measurement
New on the Market: April 2018
New on the Market: April 2018

Polarization Camera

Lucid Vision Labs, Richmond, BC, Canada, announced the 5-megapixel Phoenix polarization camera that can be used to detect stress or defects in manufacturing of materials such as...

New on the Market: April 2018
Blog : Materials
Wobbly ‘HOIP’ Semiconductor Has Researchers in Excited State
Wobbly ‘HOIP’ Semiconductor Has Researchers in Excited State
Physical chemists at the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered an emerging class of semiconductors with some unexpected moves.
Wobbly ‘HOIP’ Semiconductor Has Researchers in Excited State
INSIDER : Lighting Technology
New Phosphor Material Improves LED Color Quality
New Phosphor Material Improves LED Color Quality

A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has used data mining and computational tools to discover a new phosphor material for white LEDs that is inexpensive and easy...

New Phosphor Material Improves LED Color Quality
Briefs : Energy
Wireless Charging of Moving Electric Vehicles

If electric cars could recharge while driving down a highway, it would virtually eliminate concerns about their range and lower their cost, perhaps making electricity the standard fuel for vehicles. Researchers have wirelessly transmitted electricity to a nearby moving object, which could advance...

Products : Test & Measurement
New Products: January 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
New Products: January 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology

High-Speed Cameras

iX Cameras (Woburn, MA and Rochford, UK) has added a new, value-priced camera to the premium ultra-high-speed i-SPEED 7 Series line. The new i-SPEED 713 is...

New Products: January 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Articles : Transportation
Innovators Recognized for "Creating the Future" 2017
Innovators Recognized for

The Create the Future Design Contest has helped stimulate and reward engineering innovation over the past 16 years, drawing more than 14,000 product designs from engineers, students, and...

Innovators Recognized for
Articles : Medical
Products of Tomorrow: October 2017
Products of Tomorrow: October 2017

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: October 2017
Briefs : Imaging
Machine Vision System

A number of instruments have been built to obtain range images — a two-dimensional array of numbers that gives the depth of a scene along many directions from a central point in the instrument. Instead of measuring the brightness of many points in a scene, as in a television camera, these instruments measure where each...

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Choosing a Light and Color Measurement System for LEDs
Choosing a Light and Color Measurement System for LEDs

LED-based lighting and display systems are becoming increasingly popular due to their low cost, flexibility, and efficiency. Measuring the light and color output of LEDs is, therefore,...

Choosing a Light and Color Measurement System for LEDs
INSIDER : Materials
Researchers Craft New Material That Could Improve LED Screens
Researchers Craft New Material That Could Improve LED Screens

Researchers working at the Ultrafast Laser Lab at the University of Kansas successfully created a new bilayer material, with each layer measuring less than one nanometer in...

Researchers Craft New Material That Could Improve LED Screens
News : Photonics/Optics
Glowing Crystals Cleanse Contaminated Drinking Water

Motivated by public hazards associated with contaminated sources of drinking water, a group of scientists has successfully developed and tested tiny, glowing crystals that detect and trap heavy-metal toxins like mercury and lead.

News : Medical
Light Tames Lethal Heart Disorders

Using high-tech human heart models and mouse experiments, scientists at Johns Hopkins and Germany’s University of Bonn have shown that beams of light could replace electric shocks in patients reeling from a deadly heart rhythm disorder.

News : Lighting
New Phosphors and Next-Generation Lighting

Researchers from KU Leuven in Belgium, the University of Strasbourg, and CNRS have discovered a new phosphor that could make next-generation fluorescent and LED lighting even cheaper and more efficient. The team used highly luminescent clusters of silver atoms and the porous framework of minerals known...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
NASA’s Pressure-Sensitive Paint Tests Aircraft Designs

NASA’s bright pink Pressure-Sensitive Paint (PSP) is helping to test new aircraft designs. A thin coat of PSP is sprayed onto the model that will be tested in the wind tunnel and allowed to dry. The model is then installed in the wind tunnel, which also is equipped with a series of blue...

News : Materials
Graphene-based TEs for flexible, efficient OLEDs

The arrival of a thin, lightweight computer that even rolls up like a piece of paper will not be in the far distant future. Flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), built upon a plastic substrate, have received greater attention lately for their use in next-generation displays that can be...

News : Energy
Researchers Develop Power-Generating Shoes

An energy-harvesting technology developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers captures the energy of human motion to power mobile electronic devices. The footwear-embedded energy harvester could be especially useful for the military, as soldiers currently carry heavy batteries to power their...

News : Electronics & Computers
'Invisible' Wires Improve Solar-Cell Efficiency

Scientists from Stanford University have discovered how to make the electrical wiring on top of solar cells nearly invisible to incoming light. The new design, which uses silicon nanopillars to hide the wires, could dramatically boost solar-cell efficiency.

In most solar cells, the upper...

Articles : Aerospace
LED Lighting Enables Better Sleep and Wake Cycles
LED Lighting Enables Better Sleep and Wake Cycles

Because NASA is planning for future visits to distant locations like Mars, the agency is researching how to grow plants in space. Live plants on space missions provide a nutritious food...

LED Lighting Enables Better Sleep and Wake Cycles
News : Materials
New Technology Can Expand LED Lighting

Highly efficient, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) could slash the world’s electricity consumption. They are already sold in stores, but more widespread adoption of the technology has been hindered by high costs due to limited availability of raw materials and difficulties in achieving acceptable light...

News : Lighting
Blue LEDs Could Provide Chemical-Free Food Preservation Technology

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found that blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) have strong antibacterial effects on major foodborne pathogens, and are most effective when in cold temperatures (between 4°C and 15°C) and mildly acidic...

Products : Lighting
940nm VCSEL Array
940nm VCSEL Array

Princeton Optronics (Mercerville, NJ) has introduced high-power (8W) 940nm VCSEL arrays for illumination applications. These arrays have an efficiency of >45%, a spectral width of approximately 1nm and a circular beam...

940nm VCSEL Array