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Prism Awards Showcase Photonics Innovation

Jan 2017

Winners of the 2016 Prism Awards.

Winners of the 2016 Prism Awards. Courtesy of SPIE. Courtesy of SPIE.

Photonics West 2017 is a time for networking, sharing products and research, and learning. It’s also a time when the world’s top innovators take center stage in the annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. Sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media, this annual event recognizes the industry’s top companies and products. This year’s finalists, chosen from hundreds of entries, represent all fields of photonics. And the competition is fierce.

Finalists are:

Biomedical Instrumentation

Company: EyeQue Corp. (California, U.S.)
Product: Personal Vision Tracker
The Personal Vision Tracker enables measurement of refractive errors and ordering of corrective eyewear. This new device “helps cut cost significantly and will help those in need to achieve clear vision, reducing productivity loss due to impaired vision.” The tracker is a self-administered refraction system that uses a miniscope optical device to estimate the user’s refractive error, based on an inverse Shack-Hartmann principle. The compact miniscope works with iOS and Android smartphones, and enables self-administered measurements of refractive errors through an interactive mobile application.

Company: Rapid Biosensor Systems (Cambridge, England)
Product: TB Breathalyser
The first biophotonics system available for noninvasive testing for active infectious diseases (namely tuberculosis), the TB Breathalyser system integrates laser, optical and engineering design with medical requirements for fast, breath-based testing. It will be effective for screening people in rural communities, and in Europe and North America it has the potential to support screening programs at ports of entry, prisons, military establishments and schools, ultimately prompting lower health care costs. The system comprises evanescent wave fluorimetry confined in a disposable medical device. Specifically, the Breathalyser detects fluorescence light from a small number of actual tuberculosis bacilli present in a breath sample using photonics techniques. It enables the user to quickly collect a cough sample for interrogation, obtaining test results sooner and sometimes before symptoms are present.

Company: Wasatch Photonics (Utah, U.S.)
Product: MicroAngio
The MicroAngio platform is a next-generation Fourier-domain OCT technology that provides a new imaging modality for a wide variety of applications, impacting diagnosis, drug discovery and fundamental understanding of disease mechanism. The system is designed to help patients suffering from cancer, visual disorders and skin burns. It employs broadband light source and spectral interferometry to extract phase and intensity variation of incident light. Changes are analyzed using statistical algorithms, which extract the information of red blood cell motion in the arteries and veins while ignoring the bulk motion of the surrounding tissue. This provides a depth-resolved map of the vascular structure without any external contrast agents.

Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing

Company: Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies (Leicestershire, England)
Product: AMBIT Industrial 3D Printing System

Company: Multiphoton Optics (Würzburg, Germany)
Product: LithoPro3D

Company: PolarOnyx Inc. (California, U.S.)
Product: Tungsten-LAM

Detectors and Sensors

Company: Aeris Technologies Inc. (California, U.S.)
Product: MIRA Analyzer

Company: ALPhANOV (Talence, France)
Product: GoSpectro

Company: Hesai Photonics Technologies Co. (Shanghai)
Product: Drone-mounted Natural Gas Surveillance System

Company: Luxmux Technology Corp. (Alberta, Canada)
Product: BeST-SLED

Imaging and Cameras

Company: e2V (Chelmsford, England)
Product: 3D Time-of-Flight Solution and 3D Vision Systems

Company: TAG Optics (New Jersey, U.S.)
Product: TAG Inspector

Company: TruTag Technologies Inc. (Hawaii, U.S.)
Product: Handheld Hyperspectral Imager Model 4100

Industrial Lasers

Company: Amplitude Systèmes (Pessac, France)
Product: Tangor 100W

Company: Photonics Industries International (New York, U.S.)
Product: RGH Series/Pulse Picker

Company: QD Laser (Kawasaki, Japan)
Product: Ultra-short Pulsed Seeder for Fiber Laser

Materials and Coatings

Company: Crystalline Mirror Solutions (Vienna)
Product: XTAL MIR

Company: Element Six (Luxembourg)
Product: Single Crystal Synthetic Diamond

Company: InVisage Technologies Inc. (California, U.S.)
Product: NIR QuantumFilm Sensor


Company: 4D Technology Corp. (Arizona, U.S.)
Product: 4D InSpec Surface Gauge

Company: 8tree (Konstanz, Germany)
Product: dentCHECK

Company: Leica Geosystems (Heerbrugg, Switzerland)
Product: Leica BLK360 Imaging Laser Scanner

Optics and Optical Components

Company: ContinUse Biometrics (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Product: Opto-phone

Company: Nufern (Connecticut, U.S.)
Product: NuBEAM Flat-Top

Company: SoraaLaser (California, U.S.)
Product: LaserLight SMD

Scientific Lasers

Company: Integrated Optics (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Product: MatchBox2 Laser Series

Company: Thorlabs Inc. (New Jersey, U.S.)
Product: Mid-Infrared Supercontinuum Laser

Company: TRUMPF Scientific Lasers (München-Unterföhring, Germany)
Product: Dira 200-1

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