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OmniVision, SMI Partner on Virtual Reality Platform
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 4, 2016 — OmniVision Technologies Inc. and SensoMotoric Instruments GmbH (SMI) of Tetlow, Germany, will combine their technologies in a virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) eye-tracking platform. OmniVision will contribute its OVM6211 global shutter imaging sensor. The sensor's 3-μm OmniPixel3-GS pixels enables high sensitivity at near-infrared wavelengths. It captures full resolution (400 × 400 pixels) video at 120 fps. OmniVision shutter technology enables a compact form

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Elbit Launches Consumer Wearables Company Everysight
HAIFA, Israel, Nov. 18, 2015 — Elbit Systems Ltd. has spun off the consumer wearable company Everysight, which is expected to produce smart glasses for cyclists next year. A defense technology company, Elbit specializes in helmet-mounted displays for aircraft pilots. It is...
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Space Institute Funds Adjustable-Rx Eyeglasses, Light-Therapy Sleep Mask
HOUSTON, Nov. 11, 2015 — The National Space Biomedical Research Institute has awarded matching-grant funding to two small medical technology companies developing light-based products for astronauts that also hold promise for consumer applications. LumosTech Inc., a...

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Algorithm Adds 3rd Dimension to Standard Video
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 6, 2015 — By exploiting the graphics-rendering software that powers sports video games, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) have developed a system that automatically converts 2D...
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Glowforge Raises $9M to Bring Laser Cutter-Engraver to Consumers
SEATTLE, May 21, 2015 — Glowforge Inc. has raised $9 million in venture capital to bring a versatile laser cutting and engraving system to the consumer market this year. The funding round was led by Foundry Group of Boulder, Colo., and True Ventures of San Francisco,...

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Chinese Consortium to Acquire OmniVision for $1.9B
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 4, 2015 — A group of Chinese private-equity firms is planning to acquire OmniVision Technologies Inc. for approximately $1.9 billion. The prospective buyers are Hua Capital Management Co. Ltd., CITIC Capital Holdings Ltd. and GoldStone Investment Co. Ltd. ...
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OLED Microdisplay Contracts Buoyed eMagin Revenues in 2014
HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y., March 18, 2015 — Organic LED microdisplays firm eMagin Corp. decreased its losses in 2014 as it forged ahead with new products and contracts. The company reported a net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, an improvement over the net loss of $14.1...

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Kopin Losses Mount as Wearables Market Shifts
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., March 12, 2015 — Completing a year in which it worked to reinvent itself, microdisplays firm Kopin Corp. reported a net loss of 28.2 million in 2014, compared to a net loss of $4.7 million the year before. Full-year revenues, however, were $31.8 million, up 39...
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Laser Glasses Aim to Counteract Low Vision
KANAGAWA, Japan, March 12, 2015 — A new type of smart glasses that shine laser light directly onto the retinas could be a boon to people with poor eyesight. QD Laser Inc. is developing the device in collaboration with the Institute for Nano Quantum Information Electronics at the...

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Large-Surface OLED Film Advances Advertising Displays
ESPOO, Finland, March 5, 2015 — Printable organic LED technology could be used to enable large-scale patterned and flexible light-emitting surfaces for advertising displays, as well as transparent smart surfaces to be attached to windows or packaging. Developed by VTT Technical...
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Syndiant, Cremotech Partner on Picoprojector Engine
DALLAS, Jan. 14, 2015 — Display firm Syndiant has teamed up with Cremotech of Seoul, South Korea, to create a pico projector engine. The focus- and speckle-free engine includes red, green and blue lasers, optics and Syndiant’s SYL2271 720p HD liquid crystal on...

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Partnerships Aim to Produce Smartphone 3-D Cameras
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2015 — Pelican Imaging, Jabil Circuit Inc. and AAC Technologies have teamed up to produce a high-resolution array camera module that allows near-field and far-field depth image and video acquisition in native 3-D. The device would allow users to perform...
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Rare-Earth Substitute Found for LEDs
PISCATAWAY, N.J., Oct. 16, 2014 — An abundant copper compound could replace rare-earth metals in household LEDs, making them more environmentally friendly. Most commercially available white LEDS are phosphor-based but incorporate rare earth metals like cerium. Researchers from...

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Blue LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 7, 2014 — Three LED developers have been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics.
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Smart Headlights Spare Drivers’ Eyes, Prevent Glare
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 11, 2014 — Imagine leaving your high beams on without blinding your fellow motorists.

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Colorless Solar Window has 1% Efficiency
EAST LANSING, Mich., Sept. 2, 2014 — A team at Michigan State University has realized an untinted solar window that absorbs and generates electricity from the near-infrared wavelengths of sunlight.
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Ideal and Ledil Collaborate to Develop LED Components
SYCAMORE, Ill., and SALO, Finland, July 24, 2014 — Ideal’s Chip-Lok holders and adapters are now coupled with Ledil’s Angela reflectors and Cree CXA35 LED arrays. The Chip-Lok holders are designed from hardened stainless steel to prevent the creep that plastic holders are prone to,...

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Scallop Appoints New Chief Sales Officer
BOSTON, July 18, 2014 — Steve Gorski has been named as Scallop Imaging’s chief sales officer. As the previous general manager of Mobotix Corp. and the national sales manager for Axis Communications, Gorksi brings many years of experience in sales and marketing to...
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Nanopixels Drive Flexible, Extremely Hi-Res Displays
OXFORD, England, July 14, 2014 — A recent study that delves into the electrical and optical properties of phase-change materials has unveiled a new way to develop flexible, thin-film displays with extremely high resolution and low energy consumption. A team at the University of...

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Investors Grant LatticePower $80M for LED Production
HONG KONG, July 11, 2014 — LED developer LatticePower Corp. recently received an $80 million cash infusion from investment groups. The company said the funding will be used to expand its R&D and manufacturing capabilities and scout locations for facilities in the U.S. ...
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Report: Consumer Goods to Drive IR Imaging Market
LYON, France, July 11, 2014 — Sales of thermal imaging components surged in 2013, heralding future growth and a wider customer base for the uncooled IR imaging market, according to research firm Yole Developpement. Consumer products are expected to see a 61 percent compound...

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New Optical Component Enhances Augmented Reality Devices
LONDON, July 10, 2014 — A novel optical component could transform wearable augmented-reality and display devices. TruLife Optics Ltd. developed the component in conjunction with the National Physical Laboratory in London. The 2-mm-thick optic incorporates two holograms...
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Report: Silicon Photonics Communications Market Poised for Growth
LYON, France, June 30, 2014 — The silicon photonics device market is set to grow from $25 million in 2013 to more than $700 million in 2024, representing a 38 percent composite annual growth rate, according to research firm Yole Developpement. The market includes...

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Tofu Chemical Could Prompt New Wave of Solar Cells
LIVERPOOL, England, June 27, 2014 — Solar cells could learn a thing or two from tofu and bath salts. Researchers from the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy at the University of Liverpool have found that magnesium chloride (MgCl2) — found in tofu, bath salts and...
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Forecast: Niche Solar on the Rise
BOSTON, June 25, 2014 — Power generated by niche solar installations is expected to grow to 1.2 GW by 2024, according to market analysis firm Lux Research. Thin-film solar products have been unsuccessful in competition against more mainstream crystalline silicon, leading...






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