NASA Spinoff Database: Controllable Mirror Devices

NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 1992
Reference Number: JSC-SO-113
Category: Industrial Productivity/Manufacturing Technology
Origin: NASA's Mirror Image Technology

A deformable Mirror Device (DMD) is a type of spatial light modulator in which mirrors fabricated monolithically on a silicon chip are deformed, or tilted, under electronic control to change the direction of light that falls upon the mirror. NASA and Texas Instruments (TI) have worked to develop this technology, which has subsequently been commercialized by TI. Initial application is the DMD 2000 Travel Information Printer for high speed, high volume printing of airline tickets and boarding passes. Other possible applications range from real-time object tracking to advanced industrial machine vision systems.

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