Prism Awards

Twenty-eight new products are finalists for 2017 Prism Awards.

01 January 2017

Next-generation smart lighting, accuracy-enhancing laser systems for industrial processes, a high-resolution artery imager, a tuberculosis "breathalyser," an imaging sensor based on quantum-dot material, and a hands-free monitor enabling continuous health monitoring in the home are just a few of the 28 outstanding new products named as finalists for the 2017 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation.

The international competition is organized by SPIE and sponsored by Photonics Media to honor groundbreaking technology and product inventions based on optics and photonics.

A past winner in the SPIE Startup Challenge — 8tree — is included among this year’s finalists, along with SoraaLaser, a company founded by Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura.

Industry leaders will present awards at a gala banquet attended by the who’s who of the photonics industry on 1 February during SPIE Photonics West.

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"Outstanding vision and innovation are the hallmarks of the companies and products that win Prism Awards, and this year's finalists embody those traits," said Tom Laurin, President/CEO of Laurin Publishing Co. "Photonics Media admires the global photonics industry's strong spirit of innovation, and we are proud of our decades-strong mission of support for its continuing advancement."

SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs also congratulated the finalists for the 2017 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. "This year's Prism Awards finalists offer particularly outstanding examples of the imaginative range and innovation reach of photonics R&D," Arthurs said.

"We are grateful to help move the development of laser, illumination, scanning, and other technologies into the applications produced by this year's finalists, and to provide recognition to these outstanding companies through the Prism Awards.

"The opportunity to watch an idea that has been sparked in discussions in a conference room or on an exhibition floor evolve into a useful and ingenious new photonics-enabled product is both fascinating and inspiring," he added. "We at SPIE have a close-up view, as events such as SPIE Photonics West provide the most dynamic and fertile environments for facilitating that creative process."

The full list of 2017 Prism Awards finalists in each category is below:

Scientific Lasers
Integrated Optics: MatchBox2 Series
Thorlabs: Mid-IR supercontinuum laser
Trumpf Scientific Lasers: Dira 200-1

Industrial Lasers
Amplitude Systèmes: Tangor
Photonics Industries International: RGH series pulse-picker
QD Laser: Ultrashort pulsed seeder for fiber laser

Additive Manufacturing
Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies: AMBIT Industrial 3D Printing System
Multiphoton Optics: LithProf3D
PolarOnyx: Tungsten LAM

Biomedical Instrumentation
EyeQue: Personal Vision Tracker
Rapid Biosensor Systems: TB Breathalyser
Wasatch Photonics: WP MicroAngio

Detectors and Sensors
Aeris Technologies: Laser-based gas analyser
Alphanov: GoSpectro
Hesai Technologies: Drone-mounted natural gas surveillance system
Luxmux Technology: BeST-SLED

Imaging and Cameras
e2v technologies: 3D Time-of-Flight Solution
TAG Optics: TAG Inspector
TruTag Technologies: Handheld hyperspectral imager (model 4100)

Materials and Coatings
Crystalline Mirror Solution: xtal mir
Element Six Technologies: Single-crystal synthetic diamond
InVisage: QuantumFilm

4D Technology: Inspec Surface Gauge
8tree: dentCHECK
Leica Geosystems: BLK360 imaging laser scanner

Optics and Optical Components
ContinUse Biometrics: Opto-phone
Nufern: NuBEAM Flat-Top
SoraaLaser: LaserLight SMD

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