How to solve global challenges with NIR spectroscopy

The world of spectroscopy is vast and includes technologies such as fluorescence, VIS, NIR, Raman, and LIBS. All of them have unique benefits, and to make them meaningful, we should understand their power. In other words, if we can’t know where technology can be used to solve practical issues, it becomes useless. At the end of the day, the only...

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Smart Homes move to a new era

Smart Homes are all about the ease of living at home. People yearn for more automated household chores (or, frankly, not having to do anything at all), healthier food, safer products, and overall savings while having easy and cool solutions for doing all this.

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How to scale up optical sensors for high volumes

Last month I visited the AWE Appliance & Electronics World Expo, an international exhibition of household appliances in Shanghai. The definite highlight of my trip was attending the launch event of BSH’s new product, X-Spect. As the first real consumer material scanner, it is a good example of how spectroscopy will find new emerging markets...

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CES 2019 – Meaningful intelligence?

A smart kitchen, smart scales, smart helmets, smart watches, smart robots, smart locks, smart TVs, smart cars… this is what I saw at CES 2019. CES is an event that brings 180’000 people together annually to showcase new smart innovations and products in Las Vegas, USA. I went there with a lot of excitement to see what the new trends of consumer...

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SLUSH - Big Dreams

SLUSH, the biggest tech startup event in the Nordic countries, took place some weeks ago here in Helsinki. Over 3,100 startups and 1,800 investors met at SLUSH this year. Throughout its history, the event has played an important role for many start-ups in Finland - and for us, too.

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Our Recipe for Successful Application Development

The background of NIR spectroscopy is heavily rooted in laboratory analysis. The recent trend, however, has been to use this powerful technology also in industrial processes, portable analyzers and even in consumer applications. Spectroscopy-based application development might sometimes sound mysterious, which has been slowing down the utilization...

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Opening New Possibilities in Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is an optical sensing technique that has been used for decades to measure and test liquids, powders, solids, and gases with great success and accuracy. Because earlier NIR equipment was large and required a lot of power, it was expensive and not utilized in many industries.

Around one and half years ago, Flash...

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The future of photonics markets in China

We started roughly two years ago to investigate Chinese photonics markets to understand the market potential for Spectral Engines OEM sensors. I joined in Spectral Engines at that time. I have to say I was very impressed by the technology from this innovative start-up company already in our first meetings. It was immediately clear for me that...

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When innovation and experience combine

m-u-t AG is positioned as a one stop shop for non-destructive optical measurement, mostly based on spectroscopy. m-u-t AG is on its way to be the leading-edge photonics consortium in Europe and consists of six companies that are fully or partly owned by the m-u-t group; m-u-t GmbH, APOS, Avantes, tec5, LayTec and now, last but not least, Spectral...

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How counterfeit medication is infesting the drug market

We are surrounded by all things fake these days. The top 5 of counterfeit goods include medicine, electronics, clothing, multimedia products and food. A while ago I witnessed with my own eyes a forged Gibson-guitar and a bunch of fake Ray-Ban sunglasses. Even though the fact that these products are fake is extremely annoying and they cost large...

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