Has The Stealth Company Varjo Solved Vision-Quality VR? | WIRED

Posted June 21, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: AR / VR

A new technology for VR headsets puts the so-called screen-door effect in the past.

Source: Has The Stealth Company Varjo Solved Vision-Quality VR? | WIRED

Microsoft Hololens Hologram AR Projection Technology

Posted June 19, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics, NYPhotonics, Optics, Photonics

Blending real-world and virtual content to create compelling interactive experiences.
Hardware and software platforms to get there.

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/hololens

 

Next generation Rochester lighting company gets $1m federal award

Posted June 7, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics, NYPhotonics, Photonics

It’s photonics, get it?

A Rochester company that develops next-generation lighting materials using clean energy earned a $1 million federal award.
Lumisyn, which is headquartered on Ridgeway Avenue, focuses on high-performance materials used in LED products.

Source: Next generation Rochester lighting company gets $1m federal award | WHAM

Proposed U.S. Budget Cuts for Science and Technology Funding Spark Comment

Posted May 26, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics

BELLINGHAM, Washington, and WASHINGTON, DC, USA May 23, 2017

Federal funding for basic and applied scientific research — a powerful driver of the economy as well as an enabler of life-saving medical and other vital technologies — deserves continued support, say leaders of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. They joined others in the scientific community today in responding to the President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2018.

The White House presented President Trump’s budget proposal to Congress this morning, following submission of an outline at the end of March. The fiscal year begins in October.

Among positives in the recommendations, SPIE leaders noted continued support for the National Institutes of Health Cancer Moonshot project, as well as for applied research and advanced technology development in the Department of Defense budget.

“Continued investment in researching a cure for cancer should remain a top priority for the nation,” said Jason Mulliner, chair of the SPIE Engineering, Science, and Technology Policy committee. “Only through a concerted and well-funded effort will we win the war against such a ravaging illness.”

Budget cuts in other areas raised concerns.

“At first glance this is a very troubling proposal, which calls for historic cuts to U.S. research and development funding,” said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. “For science and technology, it seems a turning away from investing in the future, from what has brought prosperity and health to our nation and to the world. The final say is with Congress, which we hope will have a different view of the path to a better future.”

The next steps are hearings by House and Senate committees on the proposed budget and its impacts, and drafting of budget resolutions for appropriations that will be negotiated between the two houses and sent to the President for signing.

“It is important to note that final decisions on funding levels for Fiscal Year 2018 ultimately will be decided by Congress,” said SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris. “Along that line, in the recently finalized Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus spending bill, Congress provided for an increase in federal R&D by five percent above Fiscal Year 2016 levels despite a request for significant cuts by the Administration.”

Among some of the programs of particular importance to SPIE membership, Douris said, the President requested $149 million in cuts to the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and $471 million in cuts to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) within NIH. Within the DOE Office of Science, the President’s budget requests $290 million in cuts to Basic Energy Sciences (BES). Additionally, the President proposes to discontinue funding for Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) within NIST.

Source: Proposed U.S. Budget Cuts for Science and Technology Funding Spark Comment

JML Optical celebrates the remarkable life of Gerry Lynch

Posted May 24, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Obituary, Optics

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ROCHESTER, NY – The JML Optical family said goodbye to one of its most accomplished members this year. Gerry Lynch was one of the first employees shortly after JML was founded in 1972. She spent the next 45 years working with the company. Gerry was one of the very first female students to attend classes at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics – before women were allowed to receive degrees in the program.

Gerry was an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Optical Society of America’s Rochester Chapter, of which she served as Treasurer. During her career she utilized over 14 difference lens design programs, including CodeV which she taught herself while in her 80’s. She designed zoom lenses used in most home movie cameras in the 1950s – 1960’s and one that was launched into space in an RCA satellite. She was a contributing designer of the original Xerox 914 copier lens that helped launch the successful Rochester company. Designing lenses from the near UV through the visible and into the near infrared, she designed thousands of lenses for zoom and non-zoom imaging applications including telescopes, scan lenses, projectors, and microscopes.

At today’s event, JML Optical’s President & CEO Bob Bicksler said “Gerry was a prolific designer whose work will continue to shape the photonics industry for generations. Her wisdom, grace and wit was evident in all facets of her life and I personally feel blessed to have known her.”

JML thanked Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo for acknowledging Gerry’s accomplishments today with an official Monroe County proclamation.

Rochester – Jena Relationship Strengthens with Visit by Thüringen Prime Minister and Delegation

Posted May 16, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: Education & Training, Fraunhofer IOF, Lasers, New York Photonics, NYPhotonics, Optics, Photonics

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Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia, Germany, and a delegation of scientists and dignitaries visited Rochester on May 14 and 15. The purpose of the visit was to advance the scientific, academic research and business relationship between Rochester and Jena, two “sister cities of light.”

The ‘sister cities’ of Jena and Rochester (USA) have a lot in common: in Jena, as in Rochester, an optics industry has developed since the 19th century together with a strong supplier network. While in Jena the collaboration between Carl Zeiss and Ernst Abbe significantly furthered optics research, soon after in Rochester, local industrialists George Eastman (Eastman Kodak) and Edward Bausch (Bausch & Lomb) founded an optics institute at the university. In fact, Eastman visited Jena at least once in 1911, and must have recognized the city as the center of Europe’s optics industry. Since then there have been many changes. Today, both regions are enormously strong locations for the optics and photonics industry and research.

For more articles about the relationship development search here.

Andreas Tünnerman, Director, Fraunhofer IOF and Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia

On Monday morning, May 15th, together with the German delegation; Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) president, Kate Bennett and vice president, Dan Menelly, and RMSC board and staff, Prime Minister Ramelow and Andreas Tünnermann, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics  donated a laser hologram to the RMSC’s permanent optics exhibit. The hologram displays the skylines of Rochester and Jena, side by side, beneath the words “We Love Photonics.”

The Fraunhofer Institute is recognized as the leading public/privately-funded organization for applied research in Europe (and the West) with an annual budget exceeding $2 billion Euro.

The color-tunable laser projected image celebrates “light-based” relationship of the two cities

The New York Photonics cluster began developing a relationship with Fraunhofer IOF in 2014, while lobbying for the National Photonics Initiative and a national institute for photonics manufacturing. The following year a team led by New York State was awarded $110 million from the Department of Defense as part of the >$620 million AIM Photonics effort for developing America’s manufacturing capacity in integrated photonics.

On Sunday night Prime Minister Ramelow hosted a dinner and reception in Rochester with faculty from University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and Tom Battley, Executive Director of New York Photonics.

 

The delegation and attendees at the RMSC presentation ceremony, bathed in light.

Carl, the Zeiss Star Projector in the Strasenurgh Planetarium, Rochester Museum & Science Center

 

 

New York Photonics is a not-for-profit organization founded to promote and enhance the New York State optics, photonics and imaging industry by fostering the cooperation of business, academia and government.

Optics Community Loses A Good Friend

Posted May 15, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: Obituary, Optics, Scholarships

A lot of people in the Optics & Photonics community will be sad to learn that we lost Sasha Pearlman on March 22nd.

Sasha was born in Lvov, Ukraine in 1950. He immigrated to Israel at the age of 17 and began studying optical engineering shortly after his time in the Israeli army. He began working in optics at a small Ray Ban assembly plant in Israel and continued doing so until moving to the United States with his wife and three sons in 1986. In Rochester, New York, Sasha worked for a couple of private optical firms including Melles Griot before eventually starting his own company, Opto-Alignment Technology, in 1992.

Since then, Sasha has done what he loves most: proudly designing and building precision optical assembly equipment with a focus on laser alignment and lens handling tools, providing optical engineering solutions and consulting services to a wide array of clients, and always doing so with a sincere emphasis on genuine customer care. He continued living out his dream and building upon his success even after moving Opto-Alignment Technology to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2002 in order to be closer to his growing family.

Sadly, Sasha was diagnosed with terminal cancer in early 2016. After over a year of treatments, he passed away on March 22, 2017 in the company of his loving wife. He is survived by his wife, Timna; his three sons, Guy, Omer, and Iftach; his six beloved grandchildren, Daniel, Eden, Orly, Yoni, Naomi, and Ethan; as well as, his brother, Eli.

Sasha is, and always will be, dearly missed by all who knew him.

“When we have achievements that are based on his; We remember him. For as long as we live, he too will live, for he is now a part of us as we remember him.”
– Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer

Opto Alignment’s management team, and the company as a whole, remais committed to Sasha’s primary tenet. We will continue to take pride in our products, treat our customers with respect, and provide dependable service.

A scholarship fund in Sasha’s name has been established at UNC Charlotte, HERE.