Technology


World’s Most Innovative ‘Family Safety & Security’ App Set to Launch Kickstarter Campaign This Month!

Published on September 20, 2017

Tamper proof ‘TRAVICE’ safety and security app ready for Kickstarter launch.

London UK, Wednesday 13th September 2017 – FOLLOWING  a much anticipated wait, the world’s first family safety and security device locator app ‘TRAVICE’ is ready to launch on the Kickstarter platform this September.

‘TRAVICE’ is quite simply the world’s first all-in-one mobile security and family locator app for smart devices. Providing a range of familiar security features found on other available apps in the niche, ‘TRAVICE’ takes security to the next level by providing a number of additional innovative and exclusive features, designed to address the flaws in other similar apps. Read More


Staying Competitive in a High-Tech Market: 4 Industrial Manufacturing Professionals Mastering Lasers at the Inaugural Industrial Laser Conference

Published on August 24, 2016

On September 13, 2016, Laser Institute of America (LIA) will host the inaugural Industrial Laser Conference at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. Now is the perfect time to discover the possibilities of incorporating lasers into your shop’s manufacturing processes.

Calling all Production Managers, Automation Engineers, Directors of Manufacturing, and Technicians! The present and future of industrial manufacturing is all about innovation and disruption. If you’re attending the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at McCormick Place in mid-September, or can invest in your future by traveling to Chicago, you won’t want to miss learning how to incorporate lasers into your processes at the inaugural Industrial Laser Conference held at IMTS. Read More


The Top 5 Things To See and Do At ICALEO 2016

Published on August 4, 2016

These five engaging events will take place at this year’s ICALEO conference, held from October 16-20 at the Sheraton San Diego in San Diego, California.

This year’s International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO®) in San Diego, California is content-packed and better than ever. Held this year from October 16-20 at the Sheraton San Diego, laser professionals and curious tech connoisseurs from around the world will engage on the West Coast in an environment where professionals are able to participate and share in striking conversations and revelations about the latest and most popular developments within laser research. Read More


How Effective is Laser Hair Removal?

Published on June 27, 2016

The process of eliminating hair from growing on the body in designated areas has been one that has grown in popularity throughout the last ten years. Using lasers to permanently remove hair is a process which came to replace tedious treatments of Electrolysis which involved putting a thin needle into a single hair follicle in order to deliver an amount of energy that would then be directed towards the base of the follicle to cause damage. It is understood that this process was so tedious due to the amount of time required to eliminate hair growth, one hair follicle at a time. Laser hair removal (LHR) eventually became one of the most common cosmetic procedures after its transition into becoming commercially available circa the late 1990s. One of the first published articles describing this advanced removal process was written by a group at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1998. Read More


Manufacturing Processes in Communications and Transportation

Published on June 21, 2016

Manufacturing is an intricate and timely process which provides the necessary tools for the mass production of all purchased manufactured goods. It is the most important process that makes the comfort of modern daily life possible by providing the various tools which give life in a growing and continuously developing economy. Through manufacturing processes, the standard of living is constantly improving and reaching new heights. Read More


Throwback Thursday: The LaserDisc

Published on June 9, 2016

When you want to watch a movie at home, what method do you use? Do you pop your favorite DVD into your new Microsoft Xbox One? Or do you rent a movie on Blu-ray and watch it through an updated Sony disc player such as the PlayStation 4 (PS4)? Or, maybe you choose to stream movies through a more modern medium such as Netflix or Hulu. Either way, watching one’s favorite movies and television shows at home has become more and more convenient through the continuous developments and revisions of both gaming and home entertainment systems. And, thanks to the development of the CD player, these methods have become quite mainstream throughout the years. But, what method truly started it all? The convenience of owning a home viewing device can be traced back to the year 1978 when the LaserDisc™ initially hit the home video market in North America during the era of VHS and Betamax. Read More


Current Trends in Manufacturing Technology

Published June 8, 2016

One of the hottest emerging technologies is additive manufacturing or 3D printing. These printing devices are becoming more and more readily available and in various sizes thus being more prone to purchase by both professionals tech connoisseurs.

3D printing is a process which uses lasers in order to print objects one layer at a time while building towards a much larger object. The idea of printing objects out of thin air was first introduced to the general public through television screens and entertainment outlets. Read More


Mildred Dresselhaus and Magneto-Optics

Published on June 6, 2016

Mildred Dresselhaus has proved herself to be a triple-threat since her entrance into the world of science. While being a physicist who has studied within the fields of material science and electrical engineering, she is most popular for her dedicated promotions for women within all science and engineering fields as well as for her own studies within the field of magneto-optics. These studies have since led the professional world into dubbing her as “the queen of carbon” science. Dr. Dresselhaus is currently an Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at MIT. Read More


Dennis Gabor and the Hologram Theory

Published on May 31, 2016

When questioned about the future, we often respond with painted Hollywood-influenced concepts and inventions. However, we have yet to truly understand the impact of thought and how often these made-up scenarios influence young scientists and engineers worldwide. One truly futuristic concept of the past that has yet to develop into a mainstream household commodity is the hologram. Having been first proposed in 1947 by Dennis Gabor, a Hungarian electrical engineer and physicist, the hologram continues to perplex modern technology companies with its physical makeup and complex function. Gabor invented the method of storing on photographic film three-dimensional (3-D) images of the information pattern encoded on a beam of light. He later became the recipient of the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physics for his outstanding Hologram Theory and the development of holograms. Read More


The Future of Fiber Optics

Published on May 24, 2016

You wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is grab your cell-phone. You check your notifications and may even wonder why “this is the norm”. With the internet becoming more and more accessible and used more-often-than-not, it’s safe to believe that the internet isn’t leaving us anytime soon. Yet, the question still remains: where did the internet come from? The internet and the function of light-based signals can all be traced back to one major feat: fiber optics. Fiber optics, or optical fibers, are the components that helped create the internet and make international communications possible. Read More


The Invention of the Bar Code Scanner

Published on May 23, 2016

Supermarkets and warehouses across the globe are participating in the ever-growing game of bar code scanning. Bar codes are used more often than not and for most items that you typically surround yourself with. Any item that is bought within a major grocery store, online, or go through warehouse processing will undergo some sort of scanning process in order to keep managers and those in charge informed of either an increase or decrease in a given numerical value associated with inventory.

A bar code, or universal product code (UPC), is a quick and efficient way of entering numerical data into a computer. These codes are used in both supermarkets and warehouses alike and provide a less than stressful process when counting and keeping track of various inventory classifications. If you’re an avid shopper or at least familiar with the labels affixed to a given item then you are aware of the strange appearance bar codes share. On the surface, these hidden codes appear to be nothing but vertical white and black lines. However, when analyzing these intricate codes from a closer level we are able to understand exactly how they function. Read More


NASA and the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter

Published on May 11, 2016

How has the laser influenced our understanding of the Moon? The exploration of space has led to technology developments which use one or more lasers as a means to collect specific data in order to broaden humanity’s understanding of the Moon and neighboring planets. With the Moon being Earth’s nearest neighbor, we’ve come to use this tangible island in space as a laboratory for investigations concerning both the origin and evolution of Earth as well as the all-encompassing solar system. The invention of the laser paved the way for NASA’s advanced space explorations.

On June 18, 2009, NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) along with the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) as the forefront of NASA’s Lunar Precursor Robotic Program. This launch began a four-day trip to the Moon and after a calculated four and a half day journey, LRO finally entered into the Moon’s orbit on June 23, 2009. This success resulted in LRO being the first United States mission to the Moon in over ten years. Read More


Infrared Lasers: A Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

Published on May 10, 2016

According to recent studies, nearly 5 to 10 percent of Americans over age 60 are struggling with dementia. The term dementia is a common term which collectively classifies many degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This disease is a neurological disorder which leads to memory loss that is caused by the death of brain cells thus labeling this disorder as a neurodegenerative type of dementia. AD starts mild and gets progressively worse through the passing of time.

This disease was diagnosed in 1906 after Dr. Alois Alzheimer observed many drastic changes in a patient’s brain tissue who had eventually died of an unusual mental illness. Observed symptoms included: memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. Read More


Deborah Jin and the Fermionic Condensate

Published on May 9, 2016

Deborah Jin is a respected American physicist who studies within polar molecular quantum chemistry in order to use lasers to make atoms cold. She has been involved in some of the earliest studies of the Bose-Einstein condensates which was led by Dr. Lene Hau. Dr. Jin is currently a NIST fellow at JILA while also being a professor adjoint in the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

In 1990, Dr. Jin graduated from Princeton University and later received her Ph.D. in physics in 1995 from the University of Chicago. While performing focused research and studies within the field of polar molecular quantum chemistry, Dr. Jin’s team was the first to create the fermionic condensate, a new form of matter. This process included using magnetic traps and lasers as means to cool fermionic atomic gases to less than a millionth of a degree above zero. This process successfully demonstrated “quantum degeneracy.” Read More


Communications and the Future of Laser Technology

Published on May 4, 2016

With modern technology advancing at such rapid speeds it’s no surprise that one may often wonder where it will all lead us ten or twenty years from now. Some may even find themselves asking what will be the hottest technology within the next century. Laser technology has since undergone a type of explosion that can be experienced through the latest communication devices or any machine service offering immediate convenience. As many skeptics as there are when it comes to this budding of new technology and craze for the unknown, there are still those who thoroughly believe that these new advances will help in the discovery and unveiling of new knowledge. Laser utilization promises to raise human civilization to new heights. Read More


Einstein’s Involvement in Developing the Laser

Published on May 3, 2016

The year was 1905 when a German scientist first announced his very own theory about light. This physicist was the great Albert Einstein and he announced what later became known as his famous “quantum theory of light”. This is particularly important to the development of the modern laser because within this theory Einstein stated that light, or photons, consists of both waves and particles. Einstein went on to further claim that photons travel around in wave-like patterns. These claims were later proved as true after scientists performed experiment after experiment in order to test the validity in Einstein’s scientific claims. He also agreed with some other scientists when it came to how certain sources of light, such as candles, light bulbs, and the sun, produced photons. Researchers of Einstein’s time believed that atoms give off photons – with atoms being the tiny particles that make up all material within the universe that are invisible to the naked eye – and when these atoms are “excited” by a form of energy (such as heat, electricity, or chemical energy) they then emit a single photon. Read More


Use of Lasers for Potential Treatment or Cure to Parkinson’s

Published on May 2, 2016

What is Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and how can it be cured? PD is defined as being a progressive disease of the nervous system that is marked by slow imprecise movements such as shaking and rigidity that worsen over time. This disease currently affects more than one million people within the US while an estimated eight million people are living with PD worldwide. These numbers don’t include the thousands of cases that go undetected. It is also found more often in those who are 50 years of age or older.

Many would say that the cause of PD is unknown or idiopathic however, as noted in a previous article published on MedGadget, researchers at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, JP and University of Otago, NZ have since determined that it can be associated with the “degeneration of the basal structure of the brain,” or the basal ganglia, “and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine”. This transmitter is a key transmitter within the central nervous system and is responsible for sending signals to and from brain neurons. Researchers have also found that dopamine is a key component when it comes to helping with the control of muscle movement. However, one dose of dopamine isn’t able to cure Parkinson’s because it would have to be injected over a certain period of time and at a controlled dosage. Read More


Manufacturing and Lumber Processing Applications

Published on April 20, 2016

When it comes to manufacturing within the lumber industry, companies are always looking for the best equipment around. The oldest known wooden constructions in the world were found by German archeologists in the Greater Leipzig region of Germany. It was discovered that these four Neolithic wells were created by the Linear Pottery Company and date back to nearly 7,000 years. These findings were led by a research team with members from the Institute of Forest Growth of the University of Freiburg and were published in the scientific research journal PLoS ONE. They were later recorded as being the oldest known timber constructions in the world. Read More


Lene Hau and the Bose-Einstein Condensate

Published on March 29, 2016

In honor of Women’s History month meet Dr. Lene Hau…

Dr. Lene Hau is a Danish physicist who was born on November 13, 1959 in Vejle, DK. Hau is currently Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and has also taught Energy Science at Harvard while teaching within the fields of biophysics and nanotechnology. Dr. Hau is most famous for slowing a beam of light to about 15 miles per hour as well as her amazing work within physics when it came to the successful completion of what Dr. Albert Einstein once determined as being an impossible task: bringing light to a complete stop. Read More


Patricia Bath and the Laserphaco Probe

Published on February 24, 2016

Since the first humans walked the earth, inventors have been transforming the way the average consumer lives and functions. For example, we can thank Willis Carrier for his invention of the air conditioner in 1902 and Charles Strite for his invention of the pop­-up toaster in 1919. Since their initial creation, both inventions have become widely used as well as greatly improved. Apart from those inventions, which have created unlimited amounts of convenience within the average consumer’s home-­life, there have also been numerous technological advancements within the medical field. These new advancements have led to many breakthroughs for humanity that directly relate to the average consumer’s health and wellness. One of these life­ changing breakthroughs was invented in the year 1988 by African American ophthalmologist Patricia Bath and focuses on restoring sight to the eyes of those who have lost their vision or who were never able to use their sight upon birth. Read More