RIP Microsoft Kinect

Posted by Walter Burgess on Nov 8, 2017 9:23:50 AM

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.

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Topics: wavelength wednesday, 830 nm, machine vision

WW 488 nm for international applications

Posted by Kristopher Hesson on May 18, 2016 1:45:37 PM

This Wednesday we are taking a moment to thank all our international partners around the globe. On Monday, Power Technology was recognized with the highest national award available for excellence in export's, the Presidential "E" Award. Our outstanding distributors and partners in 37 countries on 6 continents are the reason we received the award. Thank you for that. In honor of that success, we are focusing on 488 nm because it is one of our most exported wavelengths!

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Topics: wavelength wednesday

WW Using 650 nm for Laser Scanning

Posted by Kristopher Hesson on May 11, 2016 3:09:26 PM

Each Wednesday we feature a specific wavelength of light and try to feature a user submitted application. This week we I'm focusing on a broad application that several of our customers use our lasers for. Laser scanning!

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Topics: wavelength wednesday, 650 nm

Wavelength Wednesday Focus on 445 nm, 656 nm, 808 nm for Entertainment

Posted by Kristopher Hesson on May 4, 2016 1:24:50 PM

Each Wednesday we feature a specific wavelength of light and try to feature a user submitted application. This week we received a beautiful picture from a friend of Wavelength Wednesday.  He has created a device for the entertainment industry called Spirolase. Check it out!

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Topics: wavelength wednesday

Wavelength Wednesday Focus on D65

Posted by Kristopher Hesson on Apr 6, 2016 9:38:02 AM

Each Wednesday we feature a specific wavelength of light and try to feature a user submitted application. This week I'm focusing on a slightly different take on "wavelength" by looking into the D65 white point as part of the CIE color standard. There are two big trade shows coming up over the next couple of weeks that we will be attending; Cinemacon and NAB Show. Both of these events depend on properties of light that are at the core of the photonics industry. The most common white point is "D65" and that's the focus of this week's Wavelength Wednesday!

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Topics: wavelength wednesday, digital cinema projection, Digital Cinema, D65

Wavelength Wednesday Focus on 905 nm Laser for Laser Radar (LiDAR)

Posted by Kristopher Hesson on Mar 16, 2016 11:07:22 AM

Each Wednesday we feature a specific wavelength of light and user submitted applications. This week's wavelength will focus on using a 905 nm laser for LiDAR.

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Topics: wavelength wednesday, lidar, 905 nm

Wavelength Wednesday Focus on 532nm Laser for Raman Spectroscopy

Posted by Kristopher Hesson on Jan 20, 2016 1:54:16 PM

Each Wednesday we feature a specific wavelength of light and user submitted applications. This week's wavelength will focus on using a handheld 532 nm laser for Raman spectroscopy for drug detection.

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Topics: wavelength wednesday, Raman Spectroscopy

Wavelength Wednesday Focus on Safety Eye Wear

Posted by William Burgess on Jan 6, 2016 12:39:37 PM

When we ride our Harleys, we wear a helmet. But when we fire up a Class 3B or Class 4 laser, safety eyewear is often overlooked. Proper selection of eyewear sometimes presents some challenges. All laser safety eyewear is not the same. Eyewear that works well for a CO2 laser is not appropriate for a Nd:YAG laser.

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Topics: Laser Safety, wavelength wednesday

Wavelength Wednesday Focus on 660 nm Laser for Flow Cytometry

Posted by Kristopher Hesson on Dec 30, 2015 1:45:03 PM

Each Wednesday we feature a specific wavelength of light and user submitted applications. This week's wavelength is 660 nm for flow cytometry.

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Topics: wavelength wednesday, microscopy, flow cytometry

Wavelength Wednesday spotlight on the season's most stolen wavelengths!

Posted by Kristopher Hesson on Dec 23, 2015 10:40:57 AM

Wynter is in full swing and Christmas is just a few days away. All the houses are decorated and the presents are stuffed beneath the twinkling tree. Of course, no Christmas can be complete without the beautiful Christmas lights we’ve come to expect that brighten the long nights and help distract us from the too short days.

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Topics: Lasers, wavelength wednesday

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