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Brussels-SoftKinetic, the world’s leading provider of 3D vision and gesture recognition solutions, will introduce its latest prototypes at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai. The latest advances of their DepthSense time-of-flight (ToF) technology comprise augmented reality (AR) and face recognition for mobile devices.

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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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GRENOBLE, France, and LE BOURGET, France -- Kalray, a pioneer in high-performance, low-power manycore microprocessors, has announced the completion of a new round of funding that will total $26 million[1]. For this round, the company has welcomed Safran and the Asian investor, Pengpai, to its list of investors, which already include ACE Management, CEA Investissement, EUREKAP! Héléa Financière and INOCAP Gestion.

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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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