• Theme: Electricity - Electronics - Optics

    Seeing is believing. But seeing more than what’s in front of you can improve job performance for factory, warehouse, rescue and medical personnel. Univet, an Italian safety equipment maker, pulled down a 2017 Red Dot Award for its augmented reality 5.0 safety goggles and showcased them at the German fair A+A this...

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    Imagine a vehicle that automatically takes the most efficient route to avoid traffic jams or analyzes its own systems and takes itself to the nearest service center. How about one that communicates with other vehicles on the road to reduce collisions, or that gives you parking, weather information, and road hazards...

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    Self-driving car technology is maturing, but challenges persist. Sensors need improvement and prices must drop. Luckily, hundreds of startups are seeking solutions.   A few years after Google entered the race, cofounder Sergey Brin crowed that autonomous vehicles were just around the corner. “You can count on one hand...

    Birds are real pests in many situations, and can constitute a significant hazard for airplanes. While most attempts to control bird landings in the past have failed, a new laser technology seems to be working well. In the Netherlands, Bird Control Group and the Technical University of Delft have teamed to develop...

    Energy management is a major theme at this year’s Hannover Messe, as new technologies are poised to provide cleaner and cheaper electric power. Here’s an overview of the latest initiatives favoring transition to sustainable energy in tomorrow’s factories. Automaker Tesla says its high-performance electric cars are...

    FreeCon Contactless is Weidmüller’s new system for transferring electrical power from one element to another without physical contact. Entirely wear-free, it eliminates maintenance, downtime and production problems due to damaged or dirty contacts. These are especially prevalent in applications requiring frequent...

    From the moment Space X founder Elon Musk proposed the Hyperloop concept 3 years ago, he set off a global race to make this futuristic mode of transportation a reality. Today, a global community of engineers and entrepreneurs has emerged to develop Hyperloop systems that would send people and cargo hurtling through...

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    Watch our exclusive video report. “Holography could be a good candidate for true 3D display,” said some exhibitors at SPIE Photonics in San Francisco. While Hololens already invites holograms into your living room, the difficulty of displaying them still makes a headset necessary. But innovative technology is bringing...

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    Watch our interview. Cameras, sensors, radar are the new eyes of autonomous vehicles. But do you know about LiDaR? These optical systems create precise 3D maps of the environment in real time, ensuring safety by taking traffic signals, other cars and pedestrians into account. This sophisticated technology will make...

    Watch our interview. Projectors are getting smaller and smaller and technology is getting better and better. But TriLite is going one step beyond. Their RGB 35-lumen laser module is a pico projector so small and light (3 grams) that it’s suitable for any small display device, from smartphones and tablets to smart...

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