En route to tomorrow

Dec. 1, 2007
As Jeff Bairstow notes in his column this month, technology predictions are easy to make, but successful new products are much more difficult to produce and sell.

As Jeff Bairstow notes in his column this month, technology predictions are easy to make, but successful new products are much more diffi cult to produce and sell (see page 136). A case in point is the laser-based television. I’ve seen at least two “proof of principle” demonstrations of laser-based TVs in the past couple of years. And it was only last year that two TV makers indicated they expected to bring laser-based TVs to market by the end of 2007 (see www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/279859)a goal that now seems unlikely to be reached. Obviously a working technology demo is a very long way from a product for sale at your local TV store. But displays come in many shapes and sizes, and while laser TVs may be struggling along the road to commercialization, the route to market of smaller mobile projection displays has taken some exciting turnsand it looks as if these devices may be at your local mobile-phone store before the end of 2008, based on some of the devices promoted at recent Society for Information Display event in San Diego (see page 67).

And while on the subject of journeys, road builders as far back as ancient Rome placed stone markers or milestones alongside a road to designate distance. The term milestone is now widely used, though usually in a somewhat different context of tracking progress on a “journey” toward some other goal. In the field of attosecond physics, we reported a technological milestone last April when physicists in Germany made the first attosecond-scale real-time measurement of the electron tunneling speed. More recently they measured the electron transport in a condensed-matter system. It is the first measurement of its kind in a solid, according to the research teamand another milestone passed in attosecond physics (see page 19 and cover).

About the Author

Stephen G. Anderson | Director, Industry Development - SPIE

 Stephen Anderson is a photonics industry expert with an international background and has been actively involved with lasers and photonics for more than 30 years. As Director, Industry Development at SPIE – The international society for optics and photonics – he is responsible for tracking the photonics industry markets and technology to help define long-term strategy, while also facilitating development of SPIE’s industry activities. Before joining SPIE, Anderson was Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of Laser Focus World and chaired the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar. Anderson also co-founded the BioOptics World brand. Anderson holds a chemistry degree from the University of York and an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University.    

Sponsored Recommendations

Request a free Micro 3D Printed sample part

April 11, 2024
The best way to understand the part quality we can achieve is by seeing it first-hand. Request a free 3D printed high-precision sample part.

How to Tune Servo Systems: The Basics

April 10, 2024
Learn how to tune a servo system using frequency-based tools to meet system specifications by watching our webinar!

Motion Scan and Data Collection Methods for Electro-Optic System Testing

April 10, 2024
Learn how different scanning patterns and approaches can be used in measuring an electro-optic sensor performance, by reading our whitepaper here!

How Precision Motion Systems are Shaping the Future of Semiconductor Manufacturing

March 28, 2024
This article highlights the pivotal role precision motion systems play in supporting the latest semiconductor manufacturing trends.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Laser Focus World, create an account today!