4 emerging trends in the Laser technology
Lasers have come a long way since its invention. It has gone beyond being a simple pointer for presentations and slideshows, or even being used as a method for reading discs and drives.
Here are a few of the latest advancements in laser technology.
Lasers in the fashion industry
Ever since the fashion industry has shifted to mass production, the search for efficient and cost-effective methods for producing clothing has incorporated modern technology in the production process — technology like lasers.
Laser cutting, for example, has been used as a way to cut thicker materials like acrylic plastic and metals. But laser cutting has also evolved to provide finer cuts, allowing for delicate and softer materials like thin fabrics to be cut without burning the material or reducing the quality of the cut.
But lasers have also been used to engrave designs on thicker or sturdier materials like leather and even denim. The result is a more accurate and clear design without subjecting the material to unnecessary stress.
Lasers for agriculture
Millions of chickens in the poultry farming industry are being killed in unnecessarily simply because they were born with the wrong gender. Lasers it seems, has become the savior for these male chickens.
Through magnetic resonance tomography, scientists are now able to use non-invasive technology to determine the gender of the chicken in the egg. This will help eggs being sold as is or used as feed without waste.
Lasers in the automotive world
From halogen, xenon, and even LEDs, laser technology has now allowed for the production of laser headlights for cars. Automotive lighting has come a long way since the early tungsten headlights.
Laser headlights are impressive because they are four times brighter than the LED headlights currently seen on some vehicles today. They can also be designed to be much more compact without reducing the range of visibility it can provide.
A few automotive companies have already begun incorporating laser headlights on some of their newer releases. BMW for example, have released the new BMW 7 series which includes a laser diode as the series’ source of headlights. At full beam, their laser headlights can provide up to 600 meters of visibility, a far cry from the current range that LED headlights can give.
Lasers in the household
Lasers have found their way to be of use not just in computers and in cars, but also in everyday tasks that people perform at home.
Smart dishwashers and washing machines have been installed with sensors that use laser technology. These sensors can analyze the clothing and the type of stains, allowing for more efficient water and detergent management. The same sensors can also determine whether an additional rinse is needed based on how soapy the current wash is.
Laser technology has also allowed for ovens to automatically adjust the cooking settings depending on the food being cooked. Optic sensors and cameras can also allow these settings to be manually adjusted without being anywhere near the oven.