Product innovations include new tools for healthcare, manufacturing, security, 3D display.
SAN FRANCISCO, California, USA -- The ubiquitous and many-purposed applications of light-based technology were in the spotlight Wednesday night, as nine companies were recognized for their outstanding new products in the annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation.
Winners included innovative new tools that improve the accuracy of medical devices, expand the capabilities of 3D printing and manufacturing systems, improve the ability to detect hazardous substances, and enable the next generation of 3D video projection.
Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, andPhotonics Media, the annual awards recognize photonic products that break with conventional ideas, solve problems, and improve life through the application of light-based technologies. The awards ceremony was attended by 340 industry executives, analysts, technologists, and investors from around the world.
The winners in nine categories represent large and small companies from five countries. Results were determined by a panel of expert judges, and announced by presenters from leading companies across the photonics industry.
While photonics technology has an important role in improving quality of life, its applications have a vital economic impact as well, noted SPIE CEO Dr. Eugene Arthurs.
"We have more than 4,700 technical presentations at this year's Photonics West. More than 21,000 author-researchers contributed to the work presented. That represents an impressive amount of people hours -- very bright people hours," he said. "One could reasonably value the research effort at over $100 million dollars."
It is when products result that this enormous intellectual effort makes a real impact, Arthurs noted.
"Our Prism Awards recognize the outstanding products that have emerged from ideas, concepts and the distillation of networking at previous conferences," he said. "Smart, persistent believers ensured that these ideas survived the valleys of desolation and have come to market. I compliment and thank our judges for their dedication to studying the many submissions, selecting finalists, and the difficult task of picking winners from so many winners!"
Laurin Publishing CEO Tom Laurin also praised the winners creativity. "It is our great pleasure to collaborate annually with SPIE to present the Prism Awards, and we congratulate the 2014 winners and all the finalists," he said. "It is wonderful to witness the ongoing innovation from companies that have been part of the industry for years, as well as to support the emerging organizations and individuals shaping the future of the photonics industry."
More information about products, companies, and the competition is online at www.photonicsprismaward.com.
SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves more than 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.
SOURCE: SPIE, The International Society For Optical Engineering