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Brain-Actuated Wheelchair

Researchers at the University of Zaragoza in Spain have developed a wheelchair capable of reacting to directional thoughts of its user. The chair uses a laser scanner to generate a three dimensional map of its surroundings. Users concentrate on one ...

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Scope Node Laser Sensor Mouse

Scope Node Laser Sensor Mouse

Elecom, a company based in Japan, has announced the upcoming release of a new 3-button laser sensor mouse – Scope Node. The Scope Node is designed with an offset 1,600dpi laser sensor, placed where the nib of a pen would ...

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First Military Grade Laser Tested

First Military Grade Laser Tested

Northrop Grumman recently tested a new modular electronic laser capable of emitting a targeted 105 kilowatt beam. Part of the United States Defense Department’s Joint High Power Solid State Laser (JHPSSL) program, Northrop Grumman’s new laser is the first weapons-grade ...

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Printing in Green

PRC Technologies, a division of Print Recovery Concepts, has unveiled the world’s first “green” toner, which the company says is at the center of the “sustainable printing program” it plans to introduce to businesses, schools, colleges, and governmental organizations across ...

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Laser-Hard Drives in the Making

Laser-Hard Drives in the Making

Recent advancements might finally open the door to a new storage technology that will merge optical and magnetic technologies, leading to high capacity storage devices reaching speeds thousands of times that of existing storage technologies, while boasting improved reliability. Magneto-optical ...

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Laser ‘Knife’

Laser ‘Knife’

An international research team, led by Federico Capasso at Harvard University and his graduate student Nanfang Yu, recently developed a device that fits to the front of a laser source and tames it into usable beams that are able to ...

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Measuring Ultra-short Laser Pulses

Measuring Ultra-short Laser Pulses

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed the first device to directly measure complex ultrashort light pulses in space and time at and near the focus of the pulses. Knowing how light is distorted allows researchers to correct ...

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Boeing Tests Avenger Solid State Laser Weapon

Boeing Tests Avenger Solid State Laser Weapon

In late September 2007, Boeing successfully tested a 1kw solid state laser weapon mounted on a converted Avenger anti aircraft vehicle in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The laser successfully destroyed several unexploded mortar shells from a safe distance and was also ...

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Intel’s High Speed Optical Trinity

Intel’s High Speed Optical Trinity

Intel’s Photonic Lab has announced the successful development of the 3rd and last component in a high speed optical trinity – the Silicon-Germanium optical detector. Several months ago, Intel announced it had managed to combine a laser and an optical ...

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