February 18, 2021

Using Augmented Reality (AR) for medical applications: Part 2

Using Augmented Reality (AR) for medical applications: Part 2

This is the second of three articles introducing the concept of k-space and discussing how to plan for an exit pupil expander design.

The role of augmented reality in medical applications is growing. One area of note: The run-of-the-mill blood draw.

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February 16, 2021

Optics in life sciences improves quality of life: A conversation with Jose Pozo of EPIC

Optics in life sciences improves quality of life: A conversation with Jose Pozo of EPIC

Over this past year, the influence of optics in the life sciences and medical field has come to the forefront from medical diagnosis and treatment to sanitization of masks and equipment. EPIC is an industry association that fosters the advancement of the photonics field in Europe, and many of its members offer optics solutions for the life sciences industry.

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January 11, 2021

Optical heart rate sensor simulation using Zemax OpticStudio

Optical heart rate sensor simulation using Zemax OpticStudio

In recent years, handheld, portable, and wearable medical imaging devices have grown in popularity, from fast on-site measurements during surgeries, to comfortable continuous monitoring during everyday tasks. The most common wearable example is the optical heart rate sensor used in sport bracelets and smart watches. The applied photoplethysmography (PPG) technology is a low cost, non-invasive optical method used for taking physiological measurements at the surface of the skin. This article demonstrates how OpticStudio can be used to implement a layered human skin model and simulate optical heart rate monitoring via the API.

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December 07, 2020

From the desk of Zemax CTO: A reflection on 2020 and a look ahead for the optics industry

From the desk of Zemax CTO: A reflection on 2020 and a look ahead for the optics industry

­­­­­­­­­­­­­2020 has been a unique year, full of challenges as the world has struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic. During these difficult times, it has been encouraging to see the scientific community come together to address our collective problems with unprecedented levels of effort, creativity, and innovation. I have been especially impressed by the varied advancements in the optics and photonics industry throughout the past year, in fields ranging from life sciences to vision for autonomy to mixed reality.

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October 28, 2020

Photonics Digital Innovation Hub secures funding for future growth and innovation

Photonics Digital Innovation Hub secures funding for future growth and innovation

The photonics industry has continued to grow, shaping the future of many technologies and changing the way we interact and do business. To enable this continued innovation, the new pan-European Photonics Digital Innovation Hub (PhotonHub) recently secured €19 million to help businesses with the deployment of these photonics-based technologies. This exciting win will create unique growth opportunities for businesses across Europe, helping them to take their products and services to the next level.

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