Technical Articles

  1. When The Driver Becomes The Passenger: Why Lighting Is Key For The “Car Of The Future”

    The “car of the future” isn’t about driving, but relaxing. Driverless cars will employ functional and accent lighting that allows passengers to just enjoy the ride. Installed smart systems that can imitate natural light will adjust their color and warmth automatically, depending on the time of day, much like some airlines do. This article dives into the importance of lighting in the future of autonomous driving, and discuss how designers and engineers are rethinking light for car interiors. Download the full article for more.

  2. 3 Technology Trends Shaped By Glass

    Often times, the “next big thing” is propelled forward by the components that make it possible. In this article, the discussion will be on how glass is setting trends as the component unlocking the imagination of designers and engineers around the world. Download the full article for three trends in technology that are being shaped by glass.

  3. Flexible Design Capabilities Through DIY Custom Lens Calibration

    This white paper demonstrates the benefits of using the CLC utility alongside Tamarisk® camera cores in three common integration scenarios.

  4. 24/7 Security Surveillance Technology: Overcoming Security Blind Spots

    Security surveillance systems are only as effective as their ability to see and warn of intrusions. While today’s video technology has significantly extended the perimeters of detection, many blind spots remain, hindering its success.

  5. Image Contrast Enhancement For Thermal Imaging

    A technology once reserved for military applications and expensive government programs, infrared imaging systems are now being widely deployed in a variety of applications to address needs that traditional imaging technology cannot. Today, we are just scratching the surface of thermal imaging’s capabilities and uses. As advances in thermal imaging technology and manufacturing efficiencies improve performance and drive down costs, we are experiencing a transition to thermal imaging as the preferred low-light solution for security and surveillance systems as well as the emergence of new, innovative products and markets. By J Schell, Product Manager, DRS Technologies, Network and Imaging Systems Group

  6. Advanced-Absorber Microbolometer Superstructure: Patented Sensor Technology Revealed

    The most significant development in the production of infrared sensors and their ability to affect improvements to SWaP-C requirements comes from the introduction of uncooled focal plane array (FPA) designs. 

  7. The Advantages Of MCT As An IR Imaging Material

    Cooled infrared imaging is in many ways a mature technology, with its architectures well-defined and its past and present applications well-understood.

  8. Optical Monitoring System Improves Thin-Film Coating Accuracy

    Many challenges are associated with enabling greater accuracies in optical thin-film coatings. In the past, a thin-film design software was used to help develop the coating, but the real challenge was in actually replicating the design thickness and the material indexes inside the coating chamber, without any errors. Precision Glass & Optics (PG&O) offers a real-time optical monitoring system – the IDEM system – that can calculate the thickness of each layer to within 1 nm of the design thickness, and show what the index dispersion is during the coating process, so that any concerns may be immediately dealt with in the design process.

  9. Rethinking Car Interior Design For The Living Room On Wheels

    Car companies and designers are dreaming big, imagining interiors that will radically transform how people experience driving. If the “living room on wheels” is going to be shared, the components – from the screens we watch to the touch panels we use to choose the program – will need to be easy to clean, durable, and stylish. Glass can make these dreams a reality.

  10. Imaging Through Atmospheric Obscurants

    The Salt Lake City Valley in Utah sometimes experiences trapped air pollution in the atmosphere for an extended period of time, which severely reduces ground visibility. This article demonstrates the difference between using visible light and SWIR cameras to provide greater detail in imaging, even in the most challenging conditions.