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Liquid Crystal Compound Lens Eyed for 3-D Imaging
PHILADELPHIA, May 21, 2015 — Liquid crystal can be controllably formed into compound lenses similar to those found in insects, a team from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has demonstrated. These lenses produce sets of images with different focal lengths, a property that could be used for 3-D imaging. They are also sensitive to the polarization of light, a quality thought to help bees navigate their environments. Previous work by the group had shown how smectic liquid crystal, a transparent, soap-like...

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Nanotronics Imaging Acquires Franklin MCI
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio, May 20, 2015 — Nanotronics Imaging LLC has acquired Franklin Mechanical & Control Inc. (Franklin MCI) of Hollister, Calif., a manufacturer of advanced mechanical and optical equipment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition will allow...
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Lasers Probe Causes of Volcanic Eruptions
LIVERPOOL, UK, May 18, 2015 — A better understanding of volcanoes' inner workings based on fluorescence imaging could help save lives. A team from the University of Liverpool in the UK, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Newcastle in...

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DNA, Silver Used to Create Fluorescent Arrays
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 5, 2015 — A research team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has discovered how to create a programmed, tunable fluorescent array by cradling silver nanoclusters inside synthetic DNA. Led by Beth Gwinn, a professor in UCSB’s physics...
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Algorithm Makes Video Panoramas from Unstructured Camera Arrays
ZURICH, May 5, 2015 — Even nonprofessionals may someday be able to create high-quality video panoramas using multiple cameras with the help of a new algorithm. The method smooths out blurring, ghosting and other distortions that routinely occur when video feeds...

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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....
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Meprolight, Rolta to Develop Imaging Optronics for Indian Defense Forces
OR-AKIVA, Israel, May 4, 2015 — Meprolight Ltd. is seeking to establish a joint venture with defense contractor Rolta India Ltd. of Mumbai to develop optronic devices based on image intensifier and thermal imaging technologies for India's defense and security forces. Still...

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ODT Enhances Optical Tweezer Capabilities, Holographic Bioimaging
DAEJEON, South Korea, May 4, 2015 — A new optical diffraction tomography (ODT) technique can measure the positions of optically trapped particles in three dimensions at high speed. The method provides a more streamlined and precise way to locate and move microscopic particles...
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Lidar Firm Rechristened Teledyne Optech after Acquisition
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., April 30, 2015 — Teledyne Technologies Inc. has taken full ownership of Optech Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of laser-based survey and digital imaging instrumentation. Terms of the transaction, which was carried out through Teledyne subsidiary Teledyne Dalsa...

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Sharper 3-D Laser Scanner Impervious to Ambient Light
EVANSTON, Ill., April 28, 2015 — Refining principles of 3-D sensing for video games, researchers at Northwestern University have developed a 3-D laser scanner that produces detailed moving images even in the presence of bright ambient light. The device is modeled after the...
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Huennekens Named Board Chairman at EndoChoice
ALPHARETTA, Ga. April 27, 2015 — Scott Huennekens has been elevated to the position of chairman of the board at endoscope manufacturer EndoChoice Inc. Jim Balkcom, who had been chairman since 2009, will remain on the board of directors and continues to serve as chairman of...

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Raman Imager Speeds Cancer Detection
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., April 24, 2015 — A vibrational spectroscopic imaging technology that captures images of living cells could become an advanced medical diagnostic tool for the early detection of cancer and other diseases. The electronic device is referred to as a 32-channel...
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Basler Hires Regional Sales Manager for Canada
AHRENSBURG, Germany, April 15, 2015 — Rob Karimi has been named regional sales manager for Canada by industrial camera firm Basler AG. He will be based in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Karimi graduated from York University in Toronto in 2005 with a degree in Economics and Marketing. He...

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Camera Powered by the Light It Captures
NEW YORK, April 15, 2015 — Absorbing solar energy one moment and capturing images the next, a prototype video camera is said to be the first that is entirely self-powered. Developed by researchers at Columbia University, the camera can produce an image each second,...
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Kramer to Head Business Development for New Scale Technologies
VICTOR, N.Y., April 10, 2015 — New Scale Technologies Inc. has named Jeff Kramer vice president of business development, responsible for developing strategic deals and partnerships with key customers of the company’s miniature motion systems. Kramer has more than 30...

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Camera-Based Monitoring of Vital Signs Improved
HOUSTON, April 8, 2015 — Refined signal processing allows video cameras to monitor vital signs regardless of ambient lighting and the subject’s skin color. A new algorithm developed by researchers at Rice University detects subtle variations in skin tone caused...
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First Light Imaging Wins EC Grant to Develop IR Camera
MEYREUIL, France, April 8, 2015 — First Light Imaging SAS will use a grant from the European Commission to finalize development of an ultrafast, low-noise IR camera for use in astronomy, medical imagery, industry and defense. The company is one of six small and medium French...

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Hamilton Thorne Acquires Reproductive Imaging Product Line
BEVERLY, Mass., April 7, 2015 — Hamilton Thorne Ltd. has acquired the Oosight product line from Cambridge Research & Instrumentation Inc. (CRi) of Hopkinton, a subsidiary of PerkinElmer Inc. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Oosight provides...
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NIR Hyperspectral Imaging Roots out Peanut Contamination
MADRID, April 7, 2015 — Near-infrared hyperspectral imaging could eliminate uncertainty for food producers required to include the warning “May contain peanuts” on their packaging. A team of researchers from Spain and France have adapted the technique to...

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Lidar Chip Offers Mobile 3-D Scanning
PASADENA, Calif., April 6, 2015 — A tiny lidar device could turn mobile phones into powerful 3-D scanning devices. Based on a silicon chip less than a square millimeter in size, the nanophotonic coherent imager (NCI) provides the highest depth-measurement accuracy of any such...
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Headwall Partners with Ocean Spray on Spectral Imaging for Agriculture
FITCHBURG, Mass., April 1, 2015 — Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. will try to improve the quality and yield of its cranberries using spectral imaging systems from Headwall Photonics Inc. The two companies will cooperate to test a new class of machine vision inspection...

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Compact Imaging, IPIC to Commercialize OCT Biosensor
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 17, 2015 — Compact Imaging Inc. has teamed up with the Irish Photonic Integration Center (IPIC) to bring compact optical biosensor technology to the market. The company said its benchtop prototype MRO (multiple reference optical coherence tomography)...
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Quantum Imaging, SemiConductor Devices Secure Funding for SWIR Camera Development
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 12, 2015 — Quantum Imaging Inc. of Colorado and SemiConductor Devices of Israel will develop a next-generation short-wave infrared (SWIR) camera with funding from the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation. The total...

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133-MP CMOS Image Sensor Eliminates Bulky Optics for 8K Broadcasting
PASADENA, Calif., March 6, 2015 — An unprecedented 133-MP, 60-fps CMOS image sensor is being eyed for ultrahigh-definition TV broadcasting. Forza Silicon Corp. developed the sensor in collaboration with NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories of Tokyo, a longtime...
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PCO Opens Sales Office in Singapore
SINGAPORE, March 6, 2015 — Imaging firm PCO AG of Kelheim, Germany, has opened its first sales office in Asia. After a startup phase in 2014, Murad Karmali, president of PCO Imaging Asia Ltd., has assumed strategic and operative responsibility for business in the...






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