Enabled by Optics

Student Winner Announced for
1st Annual Enabled by Optics Contest

Sarah Jaye Oliva, Ateneo de Manila University
Congratulations to the Winner

Black and White
By Sarah Jaye Oliva, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

Black absorbs light, and white reflects light. That's why you're advised to wear white on warm sunny days. And that also happens to be the basic mechanism of the barcode scanner!

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A Play of Light
By Armand Anthelme Nanha Djanan, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

This video aims to describe by using some LEDs how function a play of light used to decorate some Christmas trees.

Digital Camera Optics
By Alan Bozarth, University of North Carolina at Asheville, USA

Ever wondered what your cell phone camera looks like from the inside? Ever wonder how it works? In this video, we explore the optical technology behind the camera capture devices in cell phones and digital cameras. We have a brief overview about CMOS sensors and CCD arrays, and how the photoelectric effect makes digital picture-taking possible.

Disabled by Optics, Musical Minidisc
By Stuart Earl, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Minidisc players use a diode laser to write/read the disc. Mine's broken, but I thought it might be fun to sample the sounds it can make to make a song about how it functions

Disarming a CD-DVD reader at our Physics Lab
By Gaston Lozano Calderon, Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal

In this video, we show you how we disarm a CD-DVD reader at our physics lab and we explain its functionality, both their recorded and reproduction of the disc. Made by Cristhian Garcia Toledo, Richard Vilca Sagastegui and Gaston Lozano Calderon, UNFV

By Evelyn Segovia, Federico Villarreal National Universeity, Peru

IIn the video is shown great importance of opitcal system in our daily life and how this system works. This video was made in Peru, where a group of students chose DVD due to major value interactive and playing with different types of people of different ages.

Headlights & Flashlights
By Gayathri MS, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

It is about the headlights and flashlights and their optical components

How has Optics Enabled a Wireless Optical Mouse?
By Mikhail Shalaginov, Purdue University, USA

In this video we take apart a wireless optical mouse and demonstrate four important optical components which enable its functionality.

Laser Barcode Scanner
By Pavel Voroshilov, Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Russian Federation

Optical components are widely used in modern information processing and transmission systems. One of such devices is a laser bar scanner. We decided to find out what kind of optical components are used in a scanner.

Optical Audio
By Ivan Armas Rivera, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla

Operating principle of sound transmission by optical fiber.

Optical Mouse
By Kavita Sharma, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

We all use optical mouse in our daily life but only a few know about how it works, even without any wires (wireless mouse). So we would like to describe that along with the history of mouse invention.

Optics Spirit in LCD Monitors
By Xuan Sun, The University of Rochester, USA

LCD monitors bring us to an exciting world with a magic vision...Can we image a life without LCD monitors? This video will bring you to the spirit of Optics!

Optics, the Heart of High Speed Worldwide Communications
By Clément Javerzac-Galy, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Institut d'Optique Graduate School, France

All kinds of optics are hidden behind your laptops and phones. Everytime you exchange information, it is processed by optical technologies. This is what we try to show in this video; the contrast between the simplicity of sharing data with a phone and the beauty of the optics that actually enables it. We used all our passion for optics in this video trying to emphasize how optics interconnects the world. We finally try to give glimpses on the future of (green/all optical) communications.

Remote Control Says Thanks to Optics
by Aminat Oyiza Suleiman, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

This video shows how optics as a technology play a vital role in a day-to-day use of a remote control, making it a useable product for the consumer. Meanwhile, a brief overview of the electronic components and how they work simultaneously with the optical part is given.

Reflective Fog Screen
By Liang Kong, University of Warwick

The microwave generator produces a fog curtain that reflect the image.

Trixi Mirror
By Ravikiran Kakarla, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India

This video tells about how to avoid road accident in T-junction road using a Trixi mirror.