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    • Apr 20, 2017

    Laser focus on the future of TV

    One thing that never seems to change is that technology continues to evolve. There is always the next big thing. When I think about traditional TVs, I wonder, what’s next? Everyone wants a big screen TV but when do they become so big that they are not manageable and too hard to move? The answer to both of these questions very well could be Laser...
    • Mar 23, 2017

    Emerging industrial innovations using DMDs

    I had the privilege of representing Texas Instruments and chairing a conference titled “Emerging DMD-Based Systems and Applications” at SPIE Photonics West this year. Photonics West is a huge conference with over 20,000 attendees, 4,800 papers presented, 1,300 company exhibitions and three conference groupings (BIOS, LASE, and OPTO). I continue...
    • Feb 2, 2017

    Improve printed circuit board (PCB) quality with 3D inspection

    In my two decades with DLP Products , I’ve seen a wide variety of applications benefit from the use of DLP technology. The migration from 2D Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) to 3D AOI for printed circuit board manufacturing and inspection is no exception. The continuing miniaturization of consumer electronics offers new opportunities to improve...
    • Jan 5, 2017

    Driving the future of head-up display (HUD) with augmented reality (AR)

    Navigating the future of head-up displays (HUD) for vehicles may sound like a lot of acronyms and buzzwords, but this display technology has huge potential for adoption in the coming years. IHS Automotive predicts worldwide sales of HUD-equipped vehicles to grow from 1.2 million in 2012 to 9.1 million by 2020 – and that’s not taking into...
    • 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...