BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 16, 2010 — ASD Inc.’s FieldSpec HandHeld2 portable spectroradiometer for scientific and field spectroscopy applications is being used for crops and soil research; forestry, ecology, and plant physiology research; and oceanography and inland water bodies research. The compact remote sensing device uses near-infrared spectroscopy to make noncontact, fast, nondestructive, laboratory-grade materials measurements material measurements. Self-contained data collection with 2000 spectrum file storage capacity and an onboard tiltable color LCD and data collection facilitate more efficient field work by eliminating the need to be continuously connected to a computer. Other enhancements include ergonomically designed controls, laser targeting, standard AA battery power and a rugged enclosure to ensure durability and easy transport. Using proprietary technology, the device produces high-signal-to-noise-ratio spectra in <1 s via a high-sensitivity detector array, a low stray light grating, a built-in shutter and second-order filtering. It provides accurate and quickly derived reflectance, radiance and irradiance spectra. Features include a wavelength range of 325 to 1075 nm, accuracy of ±1 nm, <3-nm resolution at 700 nm, minimum selectable integration time of 8.5 ms, a standard 25° field-of-view, proprietary DriftLock compensation for dark current, and fast scan times. The unit weighs <1.36 kg with batteries, measures 215 × 140 × 90 mm, and uses four rechargeable or standard AA batteries. It is supplied with a Pelican case that meets FAA requirements for carry-on baggage, a Spectralon white panel, four rechargeable batteries, a battery charger, an AC/DC power supply, a USB cable and memory stick, and a D-handle. Operating temperature ranges from 0 to 40 °C.