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  • Robotic Vision

    Robots Need Sight

    Every year, robots become less like characters in a science fiction movie and more ingrained into our everyday lives. The field of robotics is growing not just in the factories but also in the consumer space. One of the main obstacles hindering...
  • Submarine underwater

    Solving a Difficult Military Beam Alignment Task

    The military often serves as the proving grounds for emerging technologies. With advances in laser technologies, it is more common today for these military systems to involve lasers. One such example is the use of a laser in the periscope of a...
  • Experimental setup for timeresolved fluorescence spectroscopy
  • 3D printed optics

    3D Printed Optics with Printoptical Technology

    Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is the next big thing, throughout different industries. It certainly has benefits in comparison with more traditional manufacturing methods. However, printing optics is a real challenge with a 3D printer....
  • Each pattern piece was cut individually using the Coherent METAbeam 400

    Laser Cutting Tool Empowers the Maker Movement

    Over the past decade, the so-called “Maker Culture” has emerged as a significant movement of individuals who take the DIY (do it yourself) approach to an amazing extreme, creating everything from fine art pieces to aerial drones. Three...
  • In logistics applications, ToF cameras could be employed in a vision-based robotic palletizing system Image courtesy of Axium

    Time of Flight Cameras Take on Industrial Applications

    In the past, systems integrators were faced with a limited set of choices when considering how to build vision systems to capture three-dimensional images of objects. Either they could deploy a passive triangulation system with two cameras, or an...
  • Biophotonics helps see into the body

    Light Technologies Offer a View into the Body

    The United Nations proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies to help bring attention to the vital role of light and in our lives and the many technological advances that rely on light. In medicine, doctors use...

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