UAV with Lidar sensors to improve nuclear decommissioning

Pilots from Sellafield Ltd’s Engineering Centre of Excellence will fly the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fitted with Lidar sensors at a UK nuclear site. Sam Jay, UAV Engineer and Chief Pilot at Sellafield Engineering Centre of Excellence, looking at the screen display of the mapping images captured by the Flyability Elios 3 drone. © Amanda Smith The team based at Cleator Moor in Cumbria will fly the Swiss-made Flyability Elios 3 as part of a decommissioning programme at the site. The UAV carries the latest Lidar technology, c...
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Quantum lidar prototype acquires real-time 3D images while fully submerged underwater

Researchers developed a lidar system that uses quantum detection technology that can capture 3D images while submerged underwater. They demonstrated the system by using it to capture a 3D image (left) of a pipe (right). The scan was obtained in low scattering conditions with the single-photon system submerged in a tank. Credit: Aurora Maccarone, Heriot-Watt University For the first time, researchers have demonstrated a prototype lidar system that uses quantum detection technology to acquire 3D images while submerged underwater. The high sensitivity of this system could allo...
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Apple Divides VCSEL Chip Orders Among Three Suppliers

On May 3, 2023, it was reported that Apple had divided its VCSEL chip orders between three suppliers: Lumentum, II-VI, and Sony. Industry sources stated that the orders were more evenly distributed among the suppliers. VCSELs are vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers that are used to power various features on Apple devices, including Face ID, Memoji, Animoji, and Portrait mode selfies. Lumentum remains the largest producer of VCSELs for Apple, with 68% of the market in 2020. However, II-VI has also become a major supplier for Apple and has incr...
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Innoviz Technologies and Ascendtek Sign Distribution Agreement to Increase LiDAR Sales throughout Greater China Region

Innoviz and Ascendtek partner to grow LiDAR sales for automotive and non-automotive applications in Greater China region. Innoviz adds Ascendtek to its rapidly expanding global ecosystem of 30+ partners and distributors to accelerate high-performance LiDAR adoption worldwide. TEL AVIV, Israel and NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan, April 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Innoviz Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: INVZ) (the "Company" or "Innoviz"), a technology leader of high-performance, automotive-grade LiDAR sensors and perception...
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PxE Holographic Imaging Raises $6.5 Million To Bring Depth And Infrared Capabilities To Sensors At Lower Costs

PxE Holographic Imaging – a company that develops holographic imaging cameras – announced that it comes out of stealth with a $5.4 million Seed Round led by KDT – Koch Disruptive Technologies (the technology investment arm of Koch Industries) and M Ventures (the venture investment arm of Merck). This latest funding round adds to the initial pre-seed investment by M Ventures, which together with several non-dilutive grants, brings the total investment in the company to $6.5 million since inception. PxE’s holographic imaging technology makes it ...
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Apple Reveals Next-Gen Eye and Hand-Tracking to assist users work in 3D Environments on Macs, XR Headset, an iPad & more

March 23, 2023 ,the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to methods of moving objects in 3D environments in an XR Headset, on future Macs and iDevices, specifically an iPad using both eye and hand-tracking gestures. In Apple's patent background they note that methods and interfaces for interacting with environments that include at least some virtual elements (e.g., applications, augmented reality environments, mixed reality environments, and virtual reality environments) are cumbersome, inefficient, and limited. For...
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Apple patent filing for under-display biometrics capture system published

Separate lawsuits allege IP violations by major grocery chain, bank A new method for capturing face, fingerprint and iris biometrics from under the display of an electronic device is the subject of a patent application from Apple newly published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The published patent application, spotted by Patently Apple, describes the use of infrared sensors, possibly quantum film infrared sensors, to capture various user biometrics, and possible hand gestures. Quantum film is a kind of thin semiconductor film, made up of colloidal quantum do...
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Air Force chooses Princeton Infrared to develop shortwave infrared (SWIR) sensors for hyperspectral imaging

SWIR hyperspectral imaging can be used for applications such as mine detection, agricultural crop health monitoring, humanitarian aid, and logistics. ARLINGTON, Va. – U.S. Air Force researchers needed a company to develop extended-wavelength shortwave infrared (SWIR) sensors for hyperspectral imaging aboard unmanned aircraft. They found their solution from Princeton Infrared Technologies Inc. in Monmouth Junction, N.J. Officials of the Air Force work project office called AFWERX in Arlington, Va., has announced a $749,961 small business...
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Factory Automation Made Easier: ams OSRAM Launches Space-saving Surface-mount Edge-emitting Laser Diode That Features Narrow 110 µm Aperture

SPL S1L90H_3 laser’s narrow emission width produces better performance and eases optical integration in long-distance LiDAR applications High peak and average power output ratings differentiate SPL S1L90H_3 from competing small, surface-mount laser products Optimized for short-pulsed LiDAR applications such as drones, robots as well as in building and factory automation equipment PREMSTAETTEN, Austria & MUNICH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ams OSRAM (SIX: AMS), a global leader in optical solutions, has extended its...
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Mercedes-Benz shares details of new OS, doubles down on Luminar’s lidar technology

Mercedes-Benz announced multiple newsworthy innovations during its Operating System Strategy Update in Sunnyvale, California earlier today. The German automaker announced it is building its own proprietary operating system called MB.OS which will offer features like navigation and maps from Google. Additionally, Mercedes announced it is expanding upon a previous partnership with lidar specialist Luminar in a new multi-billion dollar deal to integrate the tech by mid-decade. First things first. Earlier today, Mercedes-Benz announced plans to develop its own operati...
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