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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

Rochester Precision Optics Wins Phase 2 STTR Grant for Chalcogenide Glass Mid-IR

September 9, 2016

Rochester Precision Optics Wins Phase 2 STTR Grant for Chalcogenide Glass Mid-IR

Rochester Precision Optics, LLC (RPO) has been awarded a grant from the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to pursue chalcogenide glass IR optic development for quantum cascade lasers.

RPO, after successful completion of Phase 1 STTR, seeks to develop a fast axis collimating lens for quantum cascade lasers (QCL), which are tunable to emit in the full infrared range. Because primary applications are wide, the lenses must withstand the stress of both continuous wave and pulsed laser emission. Lenses for this application are not known to currently exist, making RPO first in the industry to achieve a working prototype.

“Our work in developing chalcogenide IR lenses for QCL is just one example of RPO’s commitment to innovation,” said RPO President Dane Hileman.RPO

To date, RPO has successfully designed the lens, as well as test materials and coatings for damage threshold. By the end of Phase 1, a working prototype was produced and provided to the Air Force for testing.

“We had great results with the prototype,” said Dr. George Lindberg, RPO’s Glass Materials Manager and principal investigator on the project. With no damage recorded during testing, Dr. Lindberg is looking forward to progressing the design and manufacturability process in Phase 2.

Although QCL systems are in their infancy, price and performance improvements have opened up commercialization opportunities for QCL. Potential applications range from military systems to spectroscopy, including medical, scientific, research, security and pollution monitoring. RPO projects that continued market growth for quantum cascade lasers will result in similar market growth for chalcogenide lenses.

About Rochester Precision Optics

Rochester Precision Optics (www.rpoptics.com) is a proven partner to market leaders in medical device, security, defense, life sciences and consumer electronics manufacturing. RPO leads in high volume production of IR and precision glass molding, providing complete design and manufacturing services, from prototype to high volume fabrication and assembly.

About STTR

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR; https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sttr#sttr-program) is a program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. The program is focused on the expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The STTR program requires small businesses to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.

The story of the invention that could revolutionize batteries—and maybe American manufacturing as well

July 14, 2015

If we are going to harness the power of the sun, the real challenge ahead is in the cost of storage. How do we store the power and use it as electricity?

SPIE Digs Deeper Into Industry

February 19, 2015

If you missed this presentation at Photonics West, SPIE’s Steven Anderson and his staff have been busy digging deeper.

http://www.newyorkphotonics.org//pdf/PW15%20Anderson%20_%20Breakfast%20%20_%20Final.pdf