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Prism Awards Finalists Announced
Nov 2016
BELLINGHAM, Wash. and PITTSFIELD, Mass., Nov. 22, 2016 — Next-generation smart lighting, accuracy-enhancing laser systems for industrial processes, and a hands-free monitor enabling continuous health monitoring in the home are just a few of the outstanding new products named today as finalists for the prestigious 2017 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation.

The competition is organized by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and sponsored by Photonics Media to honor groundbreaking technology and product inventions based on optics and photonics. Industry leaders will present awards at a gala banquet attended by the who’s who of the photonics industry on 1 February during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, California.

“The opportunity to watch an idea that has been sparked in discussions in a conference room or on an exhibition floor evolve into a useful and ingenious new photonics-enabled product is both fascinating and inspiring,” said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. “We at SPIE have a close-up view, as events such as SPIE Photonics West provide the most dynamic and fertile environments for facilitating that creative process. This year’s Prism Awards finalists offer particularly outstanding examples of the imaginative range and innovation reach of photonics R&D. We are grateful to help move the development of laser, illumination, scanning, and other technologies into the applications produced by this year’s finalists, and to provide recognition to these outstanding companies through the Prism Awards.”

A past winner in the SPIE Startup Challenge — 8tree —is included among this year’s finalists, along with a company founded by Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura and several returning Prism Awards finalists.

“Outstanding vision and innovation are the hallmarks of the companies and products that win Prism Awards, and this year’s finalists embody those traits. From the many exciting entries, this carefully considered list hints at challenges met and a glimpse at the future,” said Tom Laurin, President/CEO of Laurin Publishing Co. “Photonics Media admires the global photonics industry’s strong spirit of innovation, and we are proud of our decades-strong mission of support for its continuing advancement. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Photonics Spectra magazine, we join SPIE in extending our most enthusiastic congratulations to the 2017 finalists, and we look forward to sharing their stories.”

This list of finalists by category includes:

Additive Manufacturing — 3D Printing

Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies (AMBIT™ Industrial 3D Printing System): laser processing heads enable fully automated changeover between disparate types of laser processing without a beam switch

Multiphoton Optics (LithoProf3D): processes commercially available and approved materials for both additive and subtractive manufacturing

• PolarOnyx (Tungsten LAM): femtosecond fiber laser as an energy deposition source for 3D printing

Biomedical Instrumentation

EyeQue (Personal Vision Tracker): self-administered measurements of refractive errors through an interactive mobile application

Rapid Biosensor Systems (TB Breathalyser): disposable medical device for a fast test for active infectious tuberculosis

Wasatch Photonics (MicroAngio): new data capture regime in optical coherence tomography that can provide maximal angiographic contrast

Detectors and Sensors

Aeris Technologies (MIRA): laser-based gas analyzer measures methane and ethane simultaneously to discriminate methane from fossil fuels versus biogenic sources

ALPhANov (GoSpectro): characterizes light sources in a matter of seconds, enables material or chemical analysis in liquids associated with color-based reagents to assess water or food quality

Hesai Technologies (Drone-Mounted Natural Gas Surveillance System): methane remote sensor for indoor natural gas leakage inspection

Luxmux Technology (BeST-SLED®): compact multiple superluminescent diode light source providing laboratory-grade spectral coverage for instant analysis

Imaging and Cameras

e2v (3D ToF solution): larger field of view and scalable range at minimized calibration efforts to streamline adoption of 3D systems into industrial applications

TAG Optics (TAG Inspector): digital imaging system providing custom extended depth-of-field control and simultaneous multiplane inspection

TruTag Technologies (Model 4100 Handheld Hyperspectral Imager): captures and processes a full multi-megapixel hyperspectral datacube without utilizing external processing

Industrial Lasers

Amplitude Systèmes (Tangor 100 W): femtosecond laser designed to meet the requirements of 24/7 high-precision high-yield industrial manufacturing

Photonics Industries (RGH Series): picosecond pulse width laser systems in all-in-one single-box design simplifying installation and system integration

QD Laser (1030- and 1064-nm Ultra-short Pulsed Seeder for Fiber Laser): enables nonthermal precise microprocessing and provides strong competitive light source to mode-locked lasers

Materials and Coatings

Crystalline Mirror Solutions (xtal mir): ultralow-loss mid-IR optical coating based on substrate-transferred single-crystal semiconductor multilayers

Element Six (Single Crystal Diamond): optical-grade synthetic diamond with applicability for ATR prisms

InVisage Technologies (NIR QuantumFilm): sensors tailor sensitivity to specific wavelengths, obtain global shutter capability with dynamic pixel sizing, sense structured light outdoors


4D Technology (4D InSpec Surface Gauge): enables direct inspection of components on the shop floor

8tree (dentCHECK®): consistently delivers a go/no-go answer (not just data) that satisfies specified accuracy

Leica Geosystems (BLK360): laser scanner enables reality capture for virtual retailing, space mapping, stage calibration for film and visual arts

Optics and Optical Components

ContinUse Biometrics (Opto-phone): senses nanovibrations of the body with very high precision, for biomedical remote sensing and authentication based on acoustic signature of the heart

Nufern (NuBEAM Flat-top fiber technology): effective beam shaping and beam control offer easy integration, efficient light transmission, robustness, small footprint, low maintenance, cost-effectiveness

SoraaLaser (LaserLight SMD): visible laser light sources combine benefits of solid-state illumination with the highly directional output of legacy technology

Scientific Lasers

Integrated Optics (MatchBox2 Series): 150 product configurations in diverse technologies share the same enclosure, unified control interface, operating voltage, accessories

Thorlabs (Mid-infrared Supercontinuum Laser): femtosecond fiber-laser pumped MIR SC source offers wavelength coverage from 1.2 µm to almost 5 µm with high repetition rate

TRUMPF Scientific Lasers (Dira 200-1): combines high average power, high pulse energy, and high pulse peak power ineliminating the damage risk caused by lightning strikes

Prism Awards boost visibility, recognition, and brand equity for companies bringing innovative products to the market. Applications are judged by a panel of leading industry experts, venture capitalists, luminaries, and visionaries.

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