Today’s innovations in the consumer electronics and lighting industry largely depend on advances in photonics technology. From faster lasers to powerful LEDs, photonics paves the way to a profitable, sustainable and innovative future in electronics and lighting.
High resolution screens for smartphones, tablets and TV’s
Photonics plays a vital role in today’s consumer electronics. High resolution flat-panel displays and screens for smartphones, tablets and TV’s require extremely complex and high-precision manufacturing. Current laser technology is reaching its limit in fulfilling those requirements. Many photonics companies focus on innovations in laser technology, such as ultrafast lasers, which is crucial for the continued manufacturing and cheap production of these sophisticated consumer electronics.
Leading the LED technology revolution
It goes without saying that photonics, being the science of light, is also spearheading innovations in the lighting industry. One example is the LED technology revolution. LEDs are quickly becoming the dominant lighting technology worldwide, consuming 20-50% less energy than other light sources.
In the display industry the development of organic LEDs (OLEDs) and active-matrix organic LEDs (AMOLEDs) offers superior overall image quality, power efficiency and weight at lower manufacturing costs.
Intelligent lighting solutions
Photonics is building the foundation for intelligent digital lighting solutions. Intelligent light management systems regulate light output according to ambient lighting conditions and people’s presence and activities. Combined with LED technology intelligent lighting could save 70% in electricity consumption.
Examples of Photonics in Consumer Electronics & Lighting
Solar powered LED street lighting – Best value solution per km of road lighting
Philips’ latest Solar Gen2 innovation is developed together with NXP Semiconductors N.V. and presents a total solution for highly sustainable and efficient street lighting that is a serious alternative to grid connected systems, cutting back energy costs and CO2 emissions.
Solar Gen2 offers a highly energy-efficient LED solution which is superior to any conventional lighting and allows for a lamp post spacing of up to 50 meters, much wider than with other solutions, while at the same time complying with stringent EU road lighting standards (ME3). By charging street lighting during the day, Solar Gen2 can supplement the capacity of the conventional electricity grid.
Mobile Home Theater Headset
Kopin has teamed with Pico Interactive to create “Eagle,” a mobile headset with a removable OLED display bar. This is a personal entertainment device, according to Kopin, which says Eagle has won the duo a CES 2018 Innovation Award. When put on, the user gets to watch content on the equivalent of an 80-inch screen, but in a very personal, intimate way. Users will connect their smartphone to the Eagle headset using a cable, but additional information on that wasn’t provided. It isn’t clear whether this will be something of a straight video connection or if you’ll need to use specifically supported apps to watch content.
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