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  • Speeding Innovation to Market

Mar 2016

Mike WheelerIn the future, smart cities will feature networks of sensors capable of tracking water and air quality in real time.

Sophisticated point-of-care diagnostics will detect chronic, life-threatening diseases that once proved elusive to treatment or cure. And OLEDs will become the de facto display technology for buildings and automobiles alike.

As exciting as these advances are, there’s a long road to their integration into commercially viable systems. That’s where a new public-private collaborative between the European Commission and Photonics 21 seeks to make a difference, as you’ll read in “Open Access Pilots Aim to Speed Commercialization of Photonics Innovations,” (read article). In this, the first installment of EPIC Insights, Jose Pozo of the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) offers a unique perspective on the project, which aims to link supply chains, create greater access to manufacturing technologies for Europe’s small- and medium-sized enterprises and develop uniform design libraries that will benefit the industry at large. One of the most exciting goals is the creation of integrated photonic circuitry built on silicon nitride, a material ideally suited for biomedical sensing applications.

Speaking of biomedical sensing, Lambda Research’s Michael Gauvin explores how software simulation tools can bypass many of the design headaches encountered in the creation of viable pulse oximetry solutions for today’s wearables in “New Wearable Designs with Pulse Oximetry Don’t Miss a Beat,” (read article).

Contributing editor Marie Freebody shines a light on exciting new advances in laser micromachining shown to effectively remove excess material with far greater selectivity and three-dimensional flexibility needed in the manufacture of coronary stents and microfluidics. See “Manufacturers Unite to Create Submicron Precision,” (read article).

While this issue may seem heavily weighted toward biomedical advances, we switch gears with Maximilian Lückenhaus’ “The Role of Machine Vision in the Automotive Industry” (read article) for an in-depth look at how machine vision is accelerating every step of the automotive manufacturing process, from workpiece detection to optimizing international supply chains.

Join us as we explore how photonics is proving itself to be the enabling technology of today and tomorrow.

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