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  • MRI Image of Brain

    Light in Health and Medicine

    Light technologies are changing not only the way we live, but also how well we live. In recent research, light technologies including holograms, digital camera technology, spectroscopy and optical fiber is being used in new ways in neurology,...
  • Polarizing cameras in industrial inspection

    Industrial Vision Gets Polarized

    In many industrial applications where visual inspection can be challenging due to low contrast or highly reflective imaging conditions, polarized sensors can help to uncover hidden material properties and provide visual clarity over standard...
  • Hyperspectral imaging of ham

    Hyperspectral Imaging Applications in Food and Packaging

    Hyperspectral imaging combines infrared spectroscopy with machine vision to produce images which can be colour coded according to the chemical composition of the objects being imaged. Its ability to identify differences in the chemical composition...
  • Smart Lighting

    Smart Fixture Controls in Intelligent Lighting

    The days of the simple dimmer switch being thought of as lighting control are long gone. LED technology now enables total control of solid-state lighting characteristics, including light intensity, color temperature, hue, power consumption, and...
  • Prototyping

    Virtual Prototypes Speed Time to Market for Solid-State Lidar

    Lidar is quickly becoming an enabling feature for the autonomous vehicles market. In fact, many believe lidar is the most important optical technology in the race toward mainstream self-driving cars. But not all self-driving vehicles are fully...
  • Acquiring images

    The Need for Precision Lighting Control in Machine Vision

    Illumination is a critical component of machine vision systems because it determines how the object being imaged appears to the camera. LEDs are the most widely used illumination source, and while factors such as the direction, wavelength and...
  • Image of cells Courtesy of PCO

    sCMOS Cameras Take the Scientific Imaging Stage

    First introduced in 2008 as the result of a joint development between Andor Technology, Fairchild Imaging (part of BAE Systems), and PCO, sCMOS cameras have now become a vital tool in the arsenal of scientists working in the field of bio-imaging...

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