• Theme: Electricity - Electronics - Optics

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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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    Watch our interview. Silicon photonics was a major theme at SPIE Photonics. The technology, still under development, would use light rather than an electric current to carry information. This already exists in the form of the fiber optics which deliver a superfast internet. Applied to computers, it soon could lead to...

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    Lighter, cheaper, sturdier night vision goggles and car windshields made with nanocrystals could one day become a reality thanks to pioneering research in nanophotonics. Building on years of research, experts at the Nonlinear Physics Centre of the Australian National University are advancing toward the creation of...

    The development of nuclear fusion is no longer limited to government-funded research. Private companies have stepped in and are making impressive progress toward producing virtually endless nuclear energy.   Building on decades of experience, new firms are taking alternative routes to overcome the challenges that have...

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    In a world premiere, French start-up Lancey has launched the first electric heater with a storage battery. The far infrared heater can stock electricity in the battery during off-peak hours for use during peak hours, usually between 6 and 8 pm. The system has a self-monitoring feature, and the user can even control...

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    littleBits is an electronic building block company that wants to democratize hardware. From a burglar alarm to a smart doorbell, littleBits empowers people to create their own electronic devices by sticking different modules together. DirectIndustry e-magazine talked to Paul Rothman, Director of R&D.   DirectIndustry...

    Buying a property from afar has become commonplace among investors, who typically rely on photos, videos and descriptions to try to visualize the whole picture. Now, with Opto Air, potential buyers can tour every corner of their future homes without moving from their chair. The world’s first portable virtual reality...

    Work environments are not exactly geared toward relaxation. Yet many jobs involve tremendous mental pressure, requiring regular breaks for a person to be productive. While a handful of organizations have incorporated relaxation/nap rooms into their offices, most companies lack the space for such areas. Dubai-based...

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