Zecotek, European car maker
in talks about integration
of HUD display system
Photonics technologies developer Zecotek Photonics
Inc. has announced that it is in talks with a major
European automobile manufacturer for integration
of its 3D head-up display (HUD) and entertainment
Zecotek’s 3D display system is compact and
provides a deeper field of view than existing HUD
displays. Eye tracking is unnecessary with up to 90
views simultaneously projected into the viewing
zone, each corresponding to a particular viewpoint.
Consequently, the observer sees a true 3D image as
viewed from the chosen point anywhere within that
viewing zone. This also means that the driver and
the passenger can look at the same display and see
their own images from their own perspective.
Zecotek Photonics develops high-performance
scintillation crystals, photo detectors, positron emission tomography scanning technologies, 3D auto-stereoscopic displays, 3D metal printing and lasers
for applications in medical, high-tech and industrial
Luminar Technologies Inc. has launched a lidar system
designed to make autonomous vehicles safer and more
scalable. With four strategic partners, two acquisitions
and $36 million in seed funding, the company will begin
producing a 10,000-unit run this year out of its newly
acquired 50,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in
The Luminar team has spent five years engineering
and manufacturing the major components of its system
from the chip-level up; this includes lasers, receivers,
scanners and processing electronics. Luminar says it has
created a lidar sensor that sets new standards in performance, scalability and autonomous vehicle safety.
“We had to find 2000 ways not to make a lidar sys-
tem before we found the one way that finally delivers on
what the industry needs,” said Austin Russel, founder
and CEO of Luminar. “We made a breakthrough that
will allow self-driving cars to be ubiquitous and, most
The new system operates at a 1550-nm wavelength and
uses an InGaAs design for the receiver. The Luminar sys-
tem can detect hard-to-see, low-reflectivity objects and
offers a full seven seconds of reaction time at 75 mph.
The company, founded in 2012, has 150 employees at
its Portola Valley, Calif., and Orlando, Fla., locations.
Luminar enters autonomous vehicle market with lIdar designed to improve safety
A lidar system on the roof of a vehicle.
Still photo of an image the lidar system picked up and
detected from its lasers. It can clearly identify pedestrians, shapes of other vehicles and other objects.
Polarized filter manufacturer American Polarizers Inc.
has expanded its precision laser cutting capabilities with
the addition of a high-accuracy laser cutting machine.
The company can now provide customers with a broad
range of optical films and filters in almost any shape or
size for any application. All production is in-house, facilitating cost control and compressing the production cycle
to meet tight deadlines.
The new laser cutting machine permits the holding
of very tight tolerances when cutting intricate shapes. It
generates little damage to the edge of the polarizing sub-
strate, with a .001-in. beam diameter that assures smooth,
accurate cutting on both thin and thick materials. Cutting
accuracy is held to within +/− 0.003, and customers may
specify sizes as large as 40 × 24 in.
American Polarizers aims to position itself as the sup-
plier of choice for standard and custom manufactured
linear and circular polarized film, acrylic and glass parts.
American Polarizers is a developer of optical technology for the aerospace, imaging, inspection, identification, medical, nondestructive testing, quality control, and
test and measurement fields.
American Polarizers expand laser cutting capabilities
Robot-based laser-welding solutions developer Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH has recently opened Blackbird Robotics Co. Ltd., a new facility in Shanghai, commencing operations as a sales and service center for the
The site’s new laser application laboratory provides
space for four laser cells, and the company sees growth in
its intelliSCAN FT 2D scan system and ScanControlUnit.
Blackbird Robotersysteme develops system solutions
for remote laser welding with scanning optics.
Blackbird Robotersysteme opens Shanghai division
Leica Camera announces
new industrial subsidiary
Camera manufacturer Leica Camera AG has created a new subsidiary, LC Light & Imaging Systems
GmbH, to expand the company’s activities in the industrial sector.
The company will develop custom-built optical
systems for industrial applications. The team of eight
specialists, led by managing director Jakob Bleicher,
possesses years of in-depth experience in the fields
of industrial optics, photographic and laboratory
technology, as well as acquisition and the provision
of consulting services to international B2B customers from all areas of the optical and optoelectronic
The team also will be able to take advantage of
state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities operated by
Leica Camera in Wetzlar and at its second factory
in Portugal for component production in industrial
optical systems. The main focus will be the development of customer-specific optical systems for industrial applications such as 3D measurement and high-performance inspection.
Machine vision developer Opto Engineering and image processing component developer Matrix Vision have entered
into a strategic partnership for machine vision applications.
Through this partnership, the companies aim to provide their customers with a combination of imaging
components to achieve optimal performance. They will
also join efforts to design custom-made integrated components and assemblies.
Respective managements describe the partnership as
“an opportunity to build a bridge between optics and
cameras, customers and component manufacturers.”
Opto Engineering is a designer and manufacturer of
optical systems for the machine vision industry. Matrix
Vision is a developer of industrial image processing com-
ponents and customized solutions.
Opto Engineering, Matrix Vision form machine vision partnership
Xped acquires computer vision company Jemsoft
Internet of Things technology developer Xped Ltd. has
acquired artificial intelligence and computer vision company Jemsoft Pty Ltd.
The acquisition aims to bring additional technical expertise and required resources to Xped’s software team
while reducing external contractor expenditure. In addition, the experience of key Jemsoft management personnel, retained as part of the acquisition, aims to enhance
Xped’s delivery to market of current and future innovation and commercialization projects.
Xped will gain 100 percent ownership of Jemsoft Pty
Ltd. and 51 percent of Media Intelligence Co. Consider-
ation for the transaction will be 50 million Xped shares
and $200,000 in cash. Media Intelligence Co. has exist-
ing licensing agreements in place and is self-funded.
The Jemsoft Group is headed by Jemsoft Pty Ltd. Jemsoft has delivered several artificial intelligence-based
projects in a number of industries from hardware solutions, security, computer vision and machine learning
Xped develops technology that allows any consumer
to connect, monitor and control devices and appliances.