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Photonic reservoir computing--a new tool for speech recognition

09/18/2014

So what is photonic reservoir computing? After browsing through several abstracts and papers, I'm still not entirely sure.

Edmund Optics announces finalists for 2014 Educational Award

09/17/2014

Edmund Optics (EO) has named 45 finalists in its 2014 Educational Award out of more than 880 applications. The winners will share more than $85,000 in EO products.

Business Forum: A society for the optical science ecosystem

09/09/2014 This is the fourth in a series of interviews with leaders of our professional societies. I interviewed Liz Rogan, CEO of The Optical Society  (OSA), because this professional society is a vital part of our industry’s infra...

Market Insights: Entering the Chinese photonics market

09/08/2014

Over the past few decades, I have helped found companies in many parts of the world, including Taiwan, Japan, and China.

Long on the cutting edge

09/08/2014 When talking about advanced manufacturing, politicians seem to be thinking of futuristic factories or half-understood new systems. Conversely, when the industrial laser community talks about advanced manufacturing, it's talking...

Vision-correcting display lets users see clearly without eyeglasses

08/25/2014

UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists are developing computer algorithms that enable users to see text and images on displays clearly without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Image-processing-based modular inspection system works from macroscopic to microscopic levels

08/12/2014 For better quality control of component surfaces, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM (Kaiserslautern, Germany) have created a high-precision modular inspection system that can be adapted on ...

SPIE Optics + Photonics product preview: Optics and photonics to proliferate on exhibit floor

08/11/2014

The SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014 exhibition, set to take place August 19-21, 2014, in San Diego, CA, will host 181 companies that will showcase their products and solutions.

Start-up Optalysys aims to demo gigaFLOPS-scale optical processor in January 2015

08/11/2014 Optalysys (Pontefract, England), a spin-off from Cambridge University (Cambridge, England), has declared that it is only months away from launching a prototype optical processor operating at 1.32 billion floating-point operatio...

Optical Fabrication Materials: New MRF fluid focuses in on 1 Å roughness

08/06/2014 A new magnetorheological finishing (MRF) fluid has been designed to achieve ultralow roughness on a variety of optical materials and surface geometries. C30 was developed to address needs where the focus is not on cycle time, b...

Photonics Applied: Energy: Multivariate optical computing enables accurate harsh-environment sensing for the oil and gas industry

08/06/2014 Multivariate optical computing, an all-optical technique for analog calculation, allows simple, robust chemical measurements of fluid samples, enabling in situ determination of sample parameters for the oil and gas industry.

Commercializing light-based technologies

08/06/2014

The benefits of turning optical research into tools that help society are nowhere more obvious than in the life sciences, especially in applications of biomedicine and bioimaging.

Breault Research Organization to show optical and illumination systems design tool at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014

08/05/2014 Available as a Gold Partner add-in for the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD environment and based on the company's ASAP kernel technology, APEX is an optical and illumination systems design tool delivering an easy-to-follow workflow in a true...

Ambient speech is recovered from video of a bag of chips

08/05/2014 In a technical paper to be presented at SIGGRAPH 2014 (10-14 Aug. 2014; Vancouver, BC, Canada), researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL; Bost...

Business Forum: Collaboration is key to success in biophotonics

07/31/2014

The juncture of higher education and entrepreneurship is especially relevant in biophotonics. Prof. David R. Walt discusses these two universes and how they mutually benefit each other.

Conference Preview: Strategies in Biophotonics to meld technology development and commercialization themes

07/29/2014 Strategies in Biophotonics is a two-and-a-half-day event that will include keynotes, conference sessions, and an exhibition. Point-of-care medical technology -- a burgeoning field that offers potentially huge business opportuni...

(SLIDE SHOW) Optical design benefits from interconnected software

07/24/2014

Optical-design programs encompass lens and illuminator design, analysis, and tolerancing, as well as photometrically tailored design and the interface with external computer-aided-design software.

Strategies in Biophotonics announces keynote speaker lineup

07/22/2014

The impressive keynote speaker lineup for Strategies in Biophotonics includes Robert S. Langer, Greg Olsen, Gregory Altshuler, and Aydogan Ozcan.

Lidar-equipped, light-carrying drones create optimum 'rim lighting' for moviemakers

07/11/2014 Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) and Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) have created a photographer's and moviemaker's lighting system that includes a small quadricopter drone carrying a white-light sourc...

Two University of Arizona optical-sciences students chosen for 2014 Astronaut Scholarship

07/10/2014

Two University of Arizona (UA; Tucson, AZ) undergraduates have been named winners of the 2014 Astronaut Scholarship, which was founded by six members of NASA's original Mercury 7 mission.

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