Archive for July 2017

LaserMax (Rochester, NY), acquired by Crosman (Rochester, NY), joins larger corporate structure

July 28, 2017

Crosman acquired laser sight company LaserMax a couple weeks after the airgun and optics manufacturer was acquired by a Connecticut capital investment company.

The chain of events kicked off July 5 when Compass Diversified Holdings completed the purchase of Crosman for $152 million using both cash and credit, according to public filings of the transaction. Then, Crosman acquired LaserMax on July 20 for an unspecified sum using Compass’s revolving credit line.

Compass chief executive officer, Alan Offenberg, explained “this premium laser sight brand” would allow Crosman to reach a wider customer base in the outdoor recreation market.

“The addition of LaserMax’s Commercial business supports Crosman’s strategic initiative of expanding into attractive adjacent markets and realizing cross-selling opportunities with current big box retail and international customers,” Offenberg said in a statement.

Source: LaserMax, acquired by Crosman, joins larger corporate structure

Smartphone App Uses Quantum Technology to Identify Fake Products 

July 21, 2017

An atomic-scale ID based on quantum technology has been demonstrated using a smartphone application. The quantum ID (QID) could potentially be used fo

Source: Smartphone App Uses Quantum Technology to Identify Fake Products | Business | Jul 2017 | Photonics.com

Google Glass 2.0 Is a Startling Second Act

July 21, 2017

AR/VR applications continue to be developed.  Anyone who thinks this is going away needs to buy stock in buggy whips.

The trendy-creepy glasses flopped. Then the tech giant realized that the future of wearables was in factories and warehouses.

The original Glass designers had starry-eyed visions of masses blissfully living their lives in tandem with a wraparound frame and a tiny computer screen hovering over their eye. But the dream quickly gave way to disillusionment as early adopters found that it delivered less than it promised—and users became the target of shaming from outsiders concerned about privacy. Within three years, Alphabet (the parent company of Google and its sister company, the “moonshot factory” called X) had given up Glass for good—or so people assumed.

What they didn’t know was that Alphabet was commissioning a small group to develop a version for the workplace.

Read more.  It’s good: Google Glass 2.0 Is a Startling Second Act | WIRED

First laboratory generation of astrophysical shock waves created

July 21, 2017

Rochester, NY.  Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

The first laboratory generation of an astrophysical shock wave has been reported by scientists. To produce the wave, scientists used a laser to create a high-energy plasma — a form of matter composed of atoms and charged atomic particles — that expanded into a pre-existing magnetized plasma. The interaction created, within a few billionths of a second, a magnetized shock wave that expanded at a rate of more than 1 million miles per hour, congruent with shocks beyond the solar system.

Physicist Derek Schaeffer is pictured. Credit: Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications

 

 

Source: First laboratory generation of astrophysical shock waves created — ScienceDaily

Luminate – Accelerating Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Enabled Startups

July 5, 2017

Excited to be working with our partners at High Technology of Rochester (HTR) on developing the biggest Optics. Photonics and Imaging start-up development programs in the country!  This has been a long time coming, and we are glad to have finally achieved the recognition!

Luminate:  Helping optics photonics and imaging enabled startups with investment, mentors, and by providing access to a community of optics, photonics and imaging companies in Rochester, NY.

Source: Luminate – Accelerating optics, photonics, and imaging enabled startups