Four imaging examples, two indoor (left) and two outdoor (right). These examples primarily explore the polarised nature of specular (Fresnel reflection), in which unpolarised light is partially polarised perpendicular to the plane of incidence upon reflection. Credit: Capasso Lab/Harvard SEAS

Metasurface turns any camera into polarisation imager

23 March 2022

Harvard researchers have developed a metasurface attachment that can turn any imaging system into a polarisation camera

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Zebra acquires Matrox Imaging for $875m

15 March 2022

The addition of Matrox Imaging will expand Zebra’s portfolio of vision products after it bought Adaptive Vision and introduced a line of machine vision systems last year

Dr Xu Wang, the inventor of the technology and an associate professor in the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt University

Novel camera lowers cost of high-speed imaging

24 February 2022

The compressive coded rotating mirror (CCRM) camera, developed by scientists at Heriot-Watt University, achieves full colour, HD resolution at millions of frames per second

Cycle GmbH, the winner in 2019 in the biophotonics and medical engineering category. Image copyright: Messe München GmbH

Laser World of Photonics invites award entries

23 February 2022

The closing date for submissions for the innovation award, open to all 2022 exhibiting companies, is 28 February

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Cognex tops $1bn in 2021, with logistics biggest market

18 February 2022

Cognex's revenue in 2021 was $1.037 billion, up 28 per cent over 2020 and 43 per cent over 2019. Logistics grew by 65 per cent year-on-year


Arrival of ST and Sony to transform SWIR market, Yole says

17 February 2022

Shortwave infrared imaging in the automotive and consumer sectors could generate $21m and $3.2bn respectively by 2027, according to Yole Développement

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NLight acquires Plasmo for weld inspection tech

15 February 2022

NLight's Jake Bell: ‘Combining lasers with Plasmo’s real-time process monitoring provides... advantages to develop, qualify and produce laser-printed or welded parts.'

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Basler first vision firm to join 5G Alliance

01 February 2022

Basler's René von Fintel said: ‘We are convinced that 5G will be an important building block in the further development of Industry 4.0 communication and IoT or IIoT connectivity.'

Face expression reading based on MLP classification from 3D depth maps and 2D images obtained by NIR-LFC. Credit: KAIST

Light-field camera plus VCSEL spots smile from frown

27 January 2022

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have optimised 3D light-field image reconstruction of faces using a VCSEL light source


China gained market share in thermography in 2020, EPIC finds

27 January 2022

Sales of thermography units rose by 426 per cent from 2019 to 2020, according to the European Photonics Industry Consortium. Chinese market share increased from 15 to 63 per cent

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Owl's 3D thermal imaging tech raises $15m

25 January 2022

Owl's thermal ranging technology was initially designed to track missiles, but has been adapted for driver assistance systems to detect pedestrians

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Hitachi to use TriEye SWIR tech for driver assistance

20 January 2022

TriEye's Sedar system provides both HD SWIR imaging and 3D. The firm raised $74m for its technology late last year