Technical Articles

  1. From A Vision To High-Volume Production

    The automotive industry is dabbling in driverless cars. The vehicle of the future is making its way through traffic with LIDAR technology – and creating a market worth billions. And First Sensor is equipping leading manufacturers.

  2. The Rise Of Cobots

    The trend toward taking machines previously housed in cages and allowing them to work more closely with human colleagues as collaborative systems calls for equipment such as sensors that monitor a robot's surroundings, give it dexterity when it grasps objects, or determine its position in the room. 

  3. How Innovative In Vitro Diagnostics Is Saving Lives

    When it comes to a heart attack, every second counts. But help often comes too late. Around 50,000 people die of acute myocardial infarctions every year in Germany. Two thirds of them could be saved by treatment in the first 90 minutes. Together with its partners, First Sensor has developed a sensor system for in vitro diagnostics.

  4. Autonomous Taxis, Buses And Trains Are Gaining Ground

    Autonomous vehicles are the words on everyone's lips. In the field of public transport in town and country, a networked mobility mix will soon lead to more pleasant and more efficient road traffic. First Sensor is working with partner companies on launching driverless buses and trains fitted with optical sensors on road and rail.

  5. Hyperspectral Imaging Improves Surface Mine Mapping Processes

    Traditional methods of mapping surface mines have inherent challenges to obtaining data with enough detail to allow effective tactical and strategic decision making. Hyperspectral infrared imaging eliminates the problems.

  6. Fiber Optics Drive Innovation In The Operating Room

    Used in the operating room for decades, optical fibers continue to enable new devices for minimally invasive surgeries and light-based disease detection that are enhancing the application of optics in modern medicine.

  7. Pyroelectric Detectors: Materials, Applications, And Working Principle

    Pyroelectric detectors are thermal detectors that use temperature fluctuations to create a charge change on the surface of pyroelectric crystals, which produces a corresponding electrical signal. This application note discusses the materials used for their fabrication, how they operate, and their ideal applications.

  8. LiDAR And Optical Filters – Helping Autonomous Vehicles See More Clearly

    “What’s a ‘steering wheel’?”  At the present time this would be a very strange question to hear asked from anyone who has driven, ridden in, or even seen a car but in a couple of decades this may not seem so unusual.  The evolution of increasingly affordable and capable sensing and imaging systems combined with the desire to create safer, more efficient transportation systems is driving the development of autonomous vehicles (pun intended).  LiDAR is a key technology that will eventually help carry this growth through to “Level 5” autonomy --> no steering wheels, no brake pedals, no human intervention in driving.

  9. Beam Profiling In The SWIR Range: What You Need To Know

    Phosphor-coated CCD cameras have their place in gross beam alignment and applications where essential beam diagnostics are not required. However, due to the wide wavelength range of InGaAs cameras, the very high sensitivity of the array with very low noise, the real characteristics of the 1.5mμm beam can be detected, imaged, and measured with true accuracy. This white paper describes how the phosphor camera is the wrong solution for accurate beam diagnostic measurements and discusses how InGaAs cameras excel in this area.

  10. Awarded Innovation: Feeling Relaxed Up In The Clouds

    This case study highlights SCHOTT’s honorary award from the German Design Council for their concept and performance of LED cabin lighting system HelioJet® SpectrumCC. The technology made of special glass and a sensor system for LEDs helps to set the right atmosphere allowing passengers to arrive well rested.