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Spectroscopy for the Masses

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The decreasing size and cost of spectrometers is leading developers to a flurry of new applications for the home, health care and fitness.

VALERIE C. COFFEY, SCIENCE WRITER, [email protected]

The past few years have seen an explosion in consumer adoption of connected and wearable devices, which has been good for photonics. In 2017, nearly 40 million consumers in the U.S. alone (roughly 30 percent of households) are expected to own personal fitness trackers like the Fitbit, several models of which have a little green LED sensor that monitors the heart rate. Smartwatches, like the Apple Watch, with its big display and wristful of sensors and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology, had an installed base of 13 million U.S. users in 2016, which is expected to grow by 21...Read full article

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