Feature Articles

The Internet of Things: From Hype to Reality

The web of connected objects has so far failed to live up to its billing. But that should change.

by Edwin Cartlidge
Optics on the Go

Wearable optical technologies are emerging to keep users safe, powered-up and entertained.

by Edited by Svetlana V. Boriskina
Mercury-198 and the Standard Meter

From the late 19th century onward, numerous candidates were put forward as definitions of a “standard meter,” until the meter itself was dropped as a primary standard in 1983. One of those candidates was the green line of mercury-198—and therein lies an interesting optical tale.

by Joseph Reader

Departments and Columns

Research and Industry News

A moth’s-eye strategy for cutting reflections; humidity-powered actuators; photonic neural nets; skinny-linewidth laser; enhancing biomarker detection; an IoT-connected world; European laser-market mergers; Rochester gains optics accelerator; quantum security takes flight.

Experts, Advisors and Advocates

Two OSA Congressional Fellows reflect on experiences during a time of political change.

Optics Innovations
Fiber Sensing Carves Out an IoT Space

Optical sensing within the Internet of Things will further smart manufacturing, smart labs and smart roadways.

Pathways to Innovation

An entrepreneurial spirit isn’t just for Silicon Valley techies.

An IoT-Connected World

How the emerging Internet of Things could change life from the home to the roadway to the farm to the factory floor.


Also in this Issue

President's Message
A Global Community

OSA has become a genuinely global society, with more members outside of the United States than inside.

Optical Feedback
Letters from OPN Readers

More on infrared LIBS; before Starshot, there was Sailbeam.

OSA Update
News from the Society

Honors and awards to Gao, Carney, Rajan, Keller; student members win best-demo award; Laser World of Photonics; thank you, editors and meeting volunteers.

OSA Financials
OSA 2016 Financial Report

Message from the Treasurer, 2016 highlights, and summary consolidated financial statements.