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Sofradir, the global company in advanced infrared (IR) detectors for aerospace, defense and commercial markets,announces it is developing its first very large format (2048×2048) 15 micron pitch infrared detector. The supersize IR detector is designed for future scientific space observation equipment and state-of-the-art Extremely Large Telescopes (ELT) for ground observation aimed at tackling major scientific challenges.

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SoftBank Group announced a subsidiary of SoftBank has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics from Alphabet. The transaction aligns with SoftBank's investments in paradigm-shifting technologies and its vision of catalyzing the next wave of smart robotics. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Delivers depth maps of same accuracy 1.5x further away than conventional technology. Sony announced it has developed a back-illuminated time-of-flight ("ToF") image sensor with a 10µm pixel pitch, the industry's smallest.*1 This accomplishment was made possibly combining the ToF image sensor technology of Softkinetic Systems, a Sony subsidiary acquired in 2015, and Sony's back-illuminated CMOS image sensor technology. 

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Company will double R&D spending to target growth opportunities in consumer markets and outpace new entrants in thermal detection

ULIS, a manufacturer of innovative thermal sensors, announces the company will again significantly increase its R&D spending for 2017 to reach €15M ($16.8M). This investment marks the company’s strong growth and market leadership progression over the last 15 years. ULIS generated €61.5M ($69.3M) in sales in 2016, a rise of nearly 30% compared to 2015.

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Yole Développement has announced a 3D sensing revolution by the end of 2017, and recently published a report 3D imaging & sensing 2017. Part of the story is the rise of AR/VR applications. We took the opportunity to discuss with Irvin Stein, VP from Jabil Optics to learn a little more about things to come and the involvment of Jabil as a premium provider in this space.

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The Jeep brand is introducing an innovative customer experience at its dealerships: consumers can walk around and look inside the all-new Jeep Compass before it is physically available in the showroom, thanks to an augmented reality experience.

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