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Latest Issue
Jun 2018

Cornerstone Of The Smart Home

MICHAEL D. WHEELER, MANAGING EDITOR, michael.wheeler@photonics.com
Mike WheelerThe smart home. What once would have been chalked up to the stuff of science fiction is fast becoming reality, thanks to an array of internet-connected systems that monitor and control lighting, security cameras, and entertainment. IoT systems let homeowners remotely see, hear, and speak when someone knocks at the door, or automatically turn off the lights when it’s bedtime.

Controlling indoor temperature is an important part of the equation.

As we learn in this month’s cover story from Excelitas’ Wolfgang Schmidt, a new generation of IR sensors can detect motion and presence. This information can be processed to generate heat maps in real time and track the heat of sunlight moving across windows, triggering automatic adjustments to heating or cooling systems for a more comfortable environment. Don’t miss “IR Sensors Make Smart Devices Smarter,” (read article).

On the topic of thermal sensing, drones equipped with portable thermal cameras are vital in search and rescue operations thanks to a technique called isotherm, where objects within a certain temperature range are colorized. Humans — whether missing or sought as suspects in a crime — appear in high-contrast yellow against a gray-scale backdrop. “Thermal Camera-Equipped UAVs Spot Hard-to-Find Subjects” from FLIR Systems’ Kelsey Judd (read article).

Elsewhere in the magazine:

• Contributing Editor Marie Freebody examines how optical sensors are playing a key role in the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. “Optical Sensors Support the Rise in Automation” (read article).

• Following the path of semiconductors and mechanical devices, optical systems are shrinking in size and capabilities and are found in growing numbers of minispectrometers and light-projection devices. “For Small MOEMS, Big Opportunities Lie Ahead” from Contributing Editor Hank Hogan (read article).

• A new design-to-manufacture technique is appealing for fabricating freeform optics. Be sure to read Zeiss’ “Faster, Higher-Volume Production on the Horizon for Freeform Optics” (read article).

• Hyperspectral imaging has grown increasingly popular for precision agriculture, cancer detection, and food testing. Variable bandpass filters offer the advantages of short measurement times, high suppression of stray light, and excellent signal-to-noise ratio. For details, read Delta Optical Thin Film’s “Continuously Variable Bandpass Filters Aid Optics and HSI” (read article).

Enjoy the issue!
Mike Wheeler
An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, Managing Editor Michael D. Wheeler oversees editorial content for Photonics Spectra, EuroPhotonics, BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics magazines.
Marcia Stamell
Associate Managing Editor Marcia Stamell is the editor of BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics. She has worked for general interest newspapers, the business press and national magazines as a writer and editor.
Justine Murphy
Senior Editor Justine Murphy is an award-winning journalist with nearly 20 years of experience. She serves as editor of EuroPhotonics and BioPhotonics, host of the Light Matters newscast, and producer of podcasts.
 
Autum Pylant
News Editor Autum C. Pylant is an Air Force Veteran with 10+ years of award-winning broadcast journalism experience. She is responsible for the steady flow of news and new product announcements to web and print and is the producer of the Light Matters video newscast.
Robin Riley
Multimedia/Web Editor Robin Riley has 30+ years of experience in communications and marketing for a range of technical industries. She is a regular contributor to web content and social media, and organizes and produces custom and editorial webinars.
Karen Newman
Karen Newman, Publisher/Books & Courses for Photonics Media Press, has had a career in business-to-business and association publishing, much of it spent covering technical, scientific and life sciences subjects.
 
Hank Hogan
Contributing editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Hogan worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody
Contributing editor Marie Freebody is a free-lance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
Valerie Coffey
Science writer Valerie C. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in astronomy. She has covered optics, photonics, physics and astronomy for a variety of industry and academic publications since 2000.
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