One year on from COP26, and, once again, there have been significant sea changes that have sent waves throughout the world. Long gone are the crippling concerns associated with COVID-19 and social distancing, excluding the current ‘zero-COVID’ policy that is currently underway in China, of course. Now, we’re faced with a cost-of-living crisis, rising energy bills and the Russia-Ukraine war, which, inevitably, made an impact on COP26’s pledges
With another year over and more global issues to address, not only are there many technologies and innovations to reflect on this year, but there are also exciting new developments on the horizon for 2023. In this two-part blog, Knight Optical – the leading supplier of on-spec, metrology-tested optical components – looks at its favourite technologies from 2022 and predicts some of the biggest trends for 2023.
Knight Optical, the leading global supplier of on-spec, metrology-tested optical components, has added more dimensions and a flange option to its range of Acrylic Domes.
With a global housing crisis on our hands – particularly an undersupply in England, where we’re also suffering from a skills shortage in the construction industry – there’s high demand for new-build properties that are built swiftly, to high quality and at a lower cost.
It wasn’t too long ago that 3D printing was perceived as a thing of the far-off future. Just take yourself back to 2001 when “the future of palaeontology” was presented to movie-goers when a 3D-printed sculpted the resonating chamber of a Velociraptor in the blockbuster flick Jurassic Park III. As space-age as it was then, off screen in real life, 3D printing has come on leaps and bounds in a short space of time.
There’s an endless list of difficulties to encounter when working in underwater environments, especially for imaging and photography applications. Whether it’s a handheld underwater camera for professional, beautifully captured aquatic wildlife photography or a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) that’s kitted out with all the imaging equipment to deliver vital information back to shore, humans and machines often share the same visual complications when diving into the deep.
You may know them best for their original use in lighthouses, where they’re famously recognised as “the invention that saved a million ships”. Or perhaps you initially think of their employment in traffic light design, where they’re used for the same inherent advantages. But, in recent years, Fresnel Lenses, and their unique characteristics, have been recognised and tapped into by a different sector – the virtual reality (VR) industry.
Looking ahead to the next advancement, Industry 5.0, we’re set to see more joint operations than ever before, with robots, quite literally, working hand in hand with humans.
There are big plans for the metaverse in the coming years, with many metaverse companies on the rise. It is set to revolutionise how we live, and there’s so much confidence in the technology that the leading social platform, Facebook, rebranded itself to ‘Meta’, affirming its dedication to the immersive virtual world.
At Knight Optical, we work with a variety of subsea companies on everything from high-precision optical components for cameras and lights through to lasers, sensors and remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs).