Technical Articles

  1. Thermal Sensors Make Autonomous Vehicles Safer – Day And Night

    As automakers develop autonomous vehicles, they need sensors to tell the car's computer what's around it. Thermal sensors, which can see through glare, fog, and darkness, are an important part of the mix.

  2. Augmented Reality Moves Closer To Reality With New Materials

    Augmented reality (AR) is likely to usher in the next generation of computing and will have a huge impact on our society over the next several decades. For the developers of AR glasses, field of view (FOV) is a key performance standard upon which lens material is evaluated. Ideally, AR glasses would match humans’ natural FOV, but so far they’ve been much more limited. 

  3. High-Speed Imaging In Biomedical Microfluidic Applications: Principles & Overview

    Microfluidics is a highly interdisciplinary field that employs state-of-the-art microfluidic chip technologies to guide fluid(s), and tiny objects within, through channels with micro-sized cross-sections. This paper provides a set of basic equations that can be used to approximate the fundamental physical principles involved in microfluidics, as well as a series of recent peer-reviewed publications that utilized high-speed cameras.

  4. Optimal Lighting Design Boosts Efficiency Of Medical Diagnostic Instruments

    For designers of medical diagnostic instruments, partnering with a reliable lighting expert can ensure the lighting system is optimized and generates homogeneous light that facilitates comparable and meaningful in vitro diagnostic analysis.

  5. Model Based Analysis: A New Way To Measure Thin Films

    Measuring the surface topology and thickness of thin films is important for characterizing many devices, but it can be difficult to resolve small enough features while covering a wide area. A new technique, model based analysis, creates a 3D map of both the film’s surface and thickness. 

  6. Infrared Camera Accuracy And Uncertainty In Plain Language

    Trusting measurements from instruments can be difficult without a clear understanding of how the sensitivity and accuracy is derived. Many times, infrared camera measurement accuracy is confusing and can involve complex terms and jargon that may be misleading. 

  7. Electronic Component Testing: A Non-Contact Sport

    The smaller and more powerful an electronic device becomes, the more damage can be caused from its inherent heat. Designers are continuously looking for ways to keep components cool while maintaining the quality and integrity of performance. 

  8. Temperature Guns Versus Thermal Imaging Technology

    Common tools for non-contact temperature measurements include both thermal imaging cameras and spot pyrometers. Each works by detecting infrared radiation and translating it into temperature readings. Thermal cameras however, have several advantages compared to spot pyrometers, including image generation, temperature readings of each pixel of the entire image, and temperature readings from a longer distance.

  9. New Technology Makes Aerial Hyperspectral Imaging More Effective, Less Expensive

    Aerial hyperspectral imaging is an important tool with many applications but has been cumbersome and expensive to use. New technology changes all that.

  10. 5 Reasons Collaborative Design Produces The Most Innovative Products

    Designing robust products with fiber optics components for everything from medical instruments to jet planes not only demands optical considerations, but thermal, electrical, and mechanical requirements. To create a lighting device that meets design specifications while balancing cost and performance, developers should work with skilled component manufacturers.