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Illumination & Displays

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Optics the key challenge for AR, VR and mixed reality evolution

A new conference incorporating interactive experience at Photonics West reveals the rapid growth of augmented and virtual realities. Its chair, Bernard Kress of Microsoft's Hololens division, tells Matthew Peach that optics remains the key challenge in developing the ultimate virtual experience.


World's oldest dedicated university optics center celebrates a hundred years of optics-related research and education, but notes the need to widen participation.

19 March 2018
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The Photonics West Show Daily spoke with recruiters and students about the optics and photonics job market.

26 February 2018

SPIE, one of seven international organization members of the International Commission for Optics, has supported the mission of the organization for many years.

14 February 2018

Developing the optics behind LIGO's gravitational wave detectors saw photonics engineers and vendors collaborating on ground-breaking technology. Now those systems are being upgraded further.

12 February 2018
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A day-long industry conference at SPIE Photonics West highlighted optical technological challenges and successes for VR, MR and AR.

31 January 2018
OFC 2018: Exhibition and launch highlights
A selection of new launches and demonstrations from this week’s event in San Diego.
15 March 2018
Standard 2D camera adapted to produce 3D images
German start-up K-Lens develops special conversion optics for photography and film applications.
12 March 2018
Photonics21 annual meeting considers FP9 options amid budget uncertainties
Annual gathering of Europe’s representative group gets to work on strategic priorities for 2021-2027.
12 March 2018
Rockley Photonics wins $40m further funding
Takes total funding raised to $100 million in five years to address “billion-dollar silicon photonics market opportunity”.
8 March 2018
Richard B. Gunderman: Learning to See