In 2018, the laser industry has seen many new developments, including technological development and application development. The following are the six major trends that will emerge in the industry:
一． VCSEL technology
The application of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology has recently made progress in many industrial markets.
So what is VCSEL?
The VCSEL technology refers to a semiconductor laser that vertically releases light beams from its top; compared to edge emitting lasers and other light sources (Eg: conventional LED) lasers, it has practical advantages such as lower cost, shorter production time, and flexible application.
In addition, from a functional point of view, the use of VCSEL technology has other advantages, such as high-speed, compact applications and efficient low-threshold currents.
Taking these factors into consideration, VCSEL technology will become a trend and an important component of many industries. Its applications include: smart phone 3D autofocus devices, agricultural GPS devices, atomic clocks, gesture recognition/3D sensing devices (such as smart TVs), Virtual reality, driverless cars.
二．Custom leather gifts
A major trend for laser applications to emerge in 2017 and continue is the customization of leather goods and gifts.
The demand for customized leather products, such as engravings with initials or initials, remains a popular niche market, such as: leather jewelry (watches, necklaces, etc.), purses, handbags, memos/periodics, Wallet, linen products.
It is expected that the laser marking machine market will increase to 3.38 billion U.S. dollars in 2024, among which the growing demand for custom laser-engraved leather products is one of the major factors.
三． Laser radar and distance sensors
Laser radar (LIDAR) or light sensing distance technology is a system that combines laser, global positioning system (GPS) and inertial navigation system (INS) technologies to obtain data and generate accurate DEM (digital Elevation model). The combination of these three technologies can highly accurately locate the spot of the laser beam hitting the object, and the ranging accuracy can reach centimeters. The biggest advantage of the laser radar is “precision” and “fast and efficient operation”.
LIDAR products such as proximity sensors consist of lasers, scanners and dedicated GPS receivers. These devices can be used to examine and collect data on natural and man-made environments in geographical locations and environments around the world.
In recent years, laser radar sensors have expanded into many fields and their use will continue to grow. Some common applications for lidar sensors include farmland drainage/flood simulation maps, driverless cars, drone technology, commercial aviation, and NASA autopilot equipment.