Sensors Unlimited Inc. (SUI; www.sensorsinc.com) has introduced reportedly the world's smallest dual-wavelength, visible and near-infrared camera—the Visible-InGaAs SU320Mvis 1.7RT MiniCamera. Built around SUI's proprietary InGaAs focal plane arrays, the camera weighs less than 11 oz (300 gm) without the lens and features a 320 × 240 pixel array with a 40-micron pitch. It can simultaneously deliver a 12-bit digital RS-422 digital output and EIA-170 analog video output for display on commercial TV monitors. Intended applications include industrial machine vision, hyperspectral imaging, and laser beam profiling.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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