• Theme: Electricity - Electronics - Optics

    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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    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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