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IoT Unlocks New Markets for Compact Optical Sensors

Photonics Spectra
Jun 2017
Life-changing and increasingly ubiquitous, the Internet of Things is about combining and connecting technologies across almost every industry.

Marie Freebody, Contributing Editor, marie.freebody@photonics.com

It’s a complex, technology-mixing ecosystem that combines sensors, IT and networking technologies to enable billions of devices to be connected around the world. On a typical day, you may not even realize the plethora of smart technology permeating our homes, cars, offices, shops, hospitals and cities — from the smartphone you may be reading this article on and the smartwatch that tells you when you need to leave for work to make it in on time, to the smart coffee maker that

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GLOSSARY
optical filters
An optical element that blocks or transmits a selected wavelength of light. Optical filters can either be absorption filters or interference filters. Absorption filters absorb any unwanted wavelengths while the interference filter will use the effects of constructive and destructive superposition to transmit only the selected wavelength.
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