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Checking whether a tomato is ripe without picking it, measuring protein levels in fresh milk in the barn, drug testing at the crime scene and more.... It can be done with the Spectrapod™ from Eindhoven-based photonics company MantiSpectra. With it, you basically have a laboratory in your hand. A chip based on light signals the size of 1.5 by 1.5 millimeters makes laboratories unnecessary. As a result, measuring and assessing food and medicine, for example, becomes easier, cheaper, faster, more accurate and more complete.
MantiSpectra is one of a significant number of companies and knowledge institutions in and around Brainport that are working on integrated photonics. These are microchips that use light signals instead of electrons. The light chips use less energy, are many times faster, smaller and also much more accurate and stable. They can also be used for a hundred and one applications.
"The users of the SpectraPod™ are initially businesses," Lars continues. "We are working with them on what we call a proof-of-concept. That means we're looking at whether the ideas we have for measuring and assessing certain things are feasible in practice. I expect results from that in the relatively short term. At a later stage, I expect that our chip can also be integrated into devices that consumers use. Smartphones and smartwatches, for example, that warn you when you are getting dehydrated and give you a signal that you need to take a little extra drink."
With a broad collaboration between organizations and companies in photonic chip technology, PhotonDelta aims to give the Netherlands a global leading position and accelerate photonics to the market. Region Deal Brainport Eindhoven is supporting this development.
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