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Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), extended reality (XR), and mixed reality (MR) have rapidly become buzzwords, leading to a lot of experimentation and excitement about future applications. While the technologies are often lumped together, it is important to note the clear distinctions in underlying technologies and use cases. Of the group, AR has the most realistic potential within the near future. According to Eric Abbruzzese, research director with ABI...
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The SPIE Graduate Fellowship will support PhD students in optics and photonics at the university’s Institute of Optics. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and the University of Rochester have announced the establishment of the SPIE Graduate Fellowship in Optical Sciences and Engineering. The $500,000 gift from the SPIE Endowment Matching Program will be matched 100% by the University of Rochester. The new endowment was announced today during SPIE Photonics West in...
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Two new Rochester fellows of the National Academy of Inventors take aim. The most efficient photovoltaic cells used for solar power cost up to $50,000 per square meter. What if these cells could be replaced with a plastic solar concentrator less than 3 mm thick that concentrates sunlight 500 times at only $100 per square meter? Diseases that cause blindness destroy the rods and cones in the retina. Ganglion cells...
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Department of Defense MII partnership creates US workforce development tool to teach students about silicon photonics. Integrated photonics has been identified by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as “a critical technology for both national and economic security.” The DoD further notes that the development of a skilled workforce needed to make integrated photonics commercially viable “is seriously lagging.” Unlike other established industries, few education and workforce development programs focus...
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Don’t miss your chance at a spot in cohort 5. Less than a week remains until our application period closes. We accept startups from anywhere in the world and participation is primarily remote. Apply online (it’s easy!) for your chance at an immediate $100,000 investment, critical business development coaching, investor introductions, and the opportunity to compete for $2 million in follow-on funding. Apply by Monday, January 17 at 11:59 PM...
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Thursday, Feb. 3 9:45am – 5:00pm EST Presented by the State University of New York (SUNY), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) You are invited to take part in this online workshop focusing on the challenges in the education and workforce development pipeline for current and future microelectronics manufacturing and design in the U.S. This workshop will examine current semiconductor education efforts – what has worked,...
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Voyant Photonics announced that it raised $15.4M in Series A led by UP.Partners with participation of earlier investors LDV Capital and Contour Ventures. Voyant’s LiDAR system, containing thousands of optical components fabricated on a single semiconductor chip, enables its customers to integrate an effective and exponentially more scalable LiDAR system than possible to date. LiDAR is a key technology to enable 3D vision across many industries including transportation, robotics, industrial automation, and...
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A new technology company will be establishing its U.S. research and manufacturing headquarters in Rochester. Delta-X Global Corp. is a high technology company with customers in health care, telecommunication and other industries. The company will invest $25 million to purchase and renovate the building at 1964 Lake Ave., in the city, along with a second location at the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport. “Delta-X Global’s move to New York State will be...
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Based on micro-ring resonators to reduce the size and power demands of visible spectrum phase modulator. Integrated photonics is a rapidly-evolving industry sector, with infrared spectrum applications including high-speed 5G networks, biosensors on chip, and driverless cars. Researchers are now exploring the visible wavelength range to develop a variety of applications: chip-scale LIDAR, AR/VR/MR goggles, holographic displays, quantum information processing chips, and implantable optogenetic probes for the brain. The one...
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Optimax is looking to the future as it celebrates 30 years of excellence in the optics industry. Optimax is located in Ontario, Wayne County and its products are part of a cutting-edge technology revolution. President Joe Spilman discussed the company’s growth and expertise Wednesday during our Greater Rochester Enterprise Why ROC conversation. “This is an exciting time at Optimax,” Spilman said. “Earlier this year we celebrated our 30th anniversary and...
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