• May 13, 2011

    3D Structured Light using DLP® Technology

    3D Structured Light using DLP ® Technology During the first part of this year I have been giving demonstrations on using DLP technology for 3D Structured Light at Trade Shows, Summits and individual customer visits. The setup for the demonstration system consists of a LightCommander (based on the DLP5500 DMD) built by LogicPD...
    • Jan 3, 2011

    Photonics West 2011 – Be There, Aloha

    For the third year in a row, DLP Products will be hosting a conference at Photonics West titled “Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications.” Don’t let the title of this blog send you too far west. It will be in San Francisco again this year, not Hawaii. I was just quoting from one of my favorite TV shows, Hawaii...
    • Oct 7, 2010

    Discovery Series - Global vs Phased Operation

    Global vs Phased DMD Operation Blog Series Part 1 About two years ago I purchased a Nikon Digital SLR camera. Previously I had several point and shoot digital cameras and before that I used a 35mm Olympus SLR camera, which I still own. I will of course never go back to the point and shoot now that I have been spoiled by the DSLR. I got...
    • Jul 6, 2010

    DLP® LightCommander™ – Out-of-the-Box

    DLP ® LightCommander™ – Out-of-the-Box About a month ago I got my very first Blackberry. Previously I had a fairly simple phone that could play mp3s and had a few utilities like a calculator function but by today’s standards, pretty basic. When I first brought it out at home and my 8 year old son saw it he immediately...
    • Apr 14, 2010

    What is the DLP® LightCommander™?

    Have you ever needed a Philips screwdriver but could only find a flat blade? Sometimes if it is narrow enough you can make the flat blade do, but there is nothing like the “right tool” for the job. If you are developing a light processing application, the DLP ® LightCommander™ Development Kit is the “right tool”...
    • Mar 2, 2010

    More Exciting New DMD Applications Presented at SPIE Photonics West 2010

    As the Wizard sits in the audience watching his daughter and a bunch of other kids in an all-weekend-long dance competition, what better time than now to ruminate on SPIE Photonics West 2010. The theme of the dance competition is “Always Something Special” and that’s what was found at the Photonics West “Emerging Digital Micromirror...
    • Feb 16, 2010

    Exciting New DMD Applications Presented at SPIE Photonics West 2010

    The Wizard recently returned from a very interesting conference in San Francisco. SPIE Photonics West 2010 held their annual symposium there this year after being in San Jose since Adam was a boy. There was a record 18,000 attendees, larger exhibitions in The Moscone Center, some 3,600 technical presentations, 65 courses, and a very interesting display...
    • Aug 28, 2009

    The DLP Discovery Kit offers exceptional flexibility in light modulation

    According to Wikipedia, my favorite source of information, “a spatial light modulator (SLM) is an object that imposes some form of spatially-varying modulation on a beam of light.” This brings to mind my recent trip to Mexico to visit the Mayan city of Chichen Itza. The pyramid in the center of this ancient city was positioned in such a...
    • Jul 13, 2009

    Get the Picture, the Whole Picture, and Nothing But the Picture

    Perhaps one of the most underrated features of the DLP ® Pico™ Projector Development Kit optical engine is something called “offset”. For some of us relics, this word “offset” reminds us of a printing process like that used to print currency. Our children and grandchildren may soon develop a renewed interest in offset...
    • Jul 1, 2009

    TI Tech Day Fun!

    Ever wonder how to condition an analog signal with an Amplifier and then provide it to an ADC into a DSP before sending it to a DLP ® chip? If you answered “YES”, then maybe a TI Tech Day is for you. Recently, I was able to give a presentation on DLP technology at the TI Tech Day in Dallas – this event was incredibly enlightening...