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    • Dec 22, 2016

    Three big bets about the future of MEMS-based displays in electronic devices

    From cars to kitchens and beyond, tiny chips glimmering with millions of microscopic mirrors are changing how we all see and interact with the next generation of consumer electronics. This paradigm shift is happening because of the advancement of smaller, more flexible, higher quality and more efficient optical MEMS. Advanced MEMS are propelling...
    • Dec 1, 2016

    What to consider when developing an aftermarket head-up display (HUD)

    Demand for automotive displays that go beyond traditional dashboards, instrument clusters and center cluster is growing as head-up display (HUD) innovation accelerates from a proven concept to commercial reality. Integrated HUD solutions offered by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) continue to appear in new automobiles. Aftermarket HUD solutions...
    • Nov 17, 2016

    Capturing the “digital signature” – A new approach to material analysis

    Recent advances in cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) have opened up organizations to the benefits of “Big Data,” allowing them to analyze a continuous flow of information. But how could these advancements impact the field of spectroscopy? Innovative companies like Optionline , where I serve as chief executive officer, are...
    • Oct 27, 2016

    Five clever tricks for getting started with 3D printing

    Today’s 3D printing industry is more robust than ever -- and continues to expand. By some estimates, the global 3D printing market will grow from $6 billion in 2015 to an estimated $20 billion by 2020 . There are many reasons fueling this growth . While many developers continue to use 3D printing for rapid prototyping, it is also helping to...
    • Oct 6, 2016

    The pioneering work that led to the DMD

    I started working at Texas Instruments in the late-1980s, a time after Dr. Larry Hornbeck invented the digital micromirror device (DMD) in 1987. The overall development of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) upon which DLP ® chips are based was still in its infancy. With MEMS as a framework, the broad array of DLP technology applications that...
    • Sep 20, 2016

    DLi develops microscopic molecular solution using DLP technology

    Scientists are constantly looking for new ways to understand more about the smallest underpinnings of life. Visualizing things like molecular changes in neural brain cells, however, requires very specialized equipment that often doesn’t even exist yet. At Digital Light Innovations (DLi), this is where we come in. When researchers at NYU’s...
    • Sep 8, 2016

    Beyond video games, what can bring augmented reality to the masses?

    You’ve probably seen them wandering around your neighborhood. Perhaps you’ve witnessed a group of them at a local shopping center. With an estimated 20 million daily active users , smartphone-wielding Pokémon Go players are seemingly everywhere in a quest to “catch ‘em all.” But what is especially notable about...
    • Aug 25, 2016

    Quick flexibility tips for customizing SNR and resolution on your spectrometer design

    Engineers understand the essential importance of two key performance metrics for any spectrometer design: signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and spectral resolution. SNR is the ratio of signal power to noise power. This is important because it determines the consistency of the spectrums measured. Resolution is significant because it determines the minimum...
    • Aug 11, 2016

    Kickstart your design with DLP technology

    It’s the time of year when everyone is starting to gear up for another school year and all that entails. The beginning of the school year represents a fresh start, new ideas and an influx of learning. With this in mind, we started thinking about our technology and how we can help anyone from students to educators to engineers learn about our...
    • Jul 28, 2016

    Raising the intelligence of smart homes with interactive projection displays

    When most people think of using projection technology at home, they usually envision a high-tech home theater installation. The rise of the smart home and the Internet of Things (IoT) are introducing consumers to a new way to view displays. Smart homes and the IoT are bringing greater connectivity and intelligence to many everyday devices, ranging...