Various tech news sites are reporting the end of an era. Microsoft has ceased production of the Kinect device. The Kinect was introduced before Christmas in 2010 as a companion product for the Xbox 360. Its goal was to make the human body the interface to video games and eliminate hand-held controllers. It combined lasers, cameras and sophisticated firmware to determine the player's motion and gestures.
2015's International Year of Light was a magnificent event. It brought attention to the photonics industry like no other event in history. One of the coolest commemorations of the Year of Light took the form of postage stamps. Stamps featuring photonics concepts and the Year of Light logos were printed by many countries globally. Not only are these stamps practical but they are also visually stunning to look at.