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Infrared Energy: Integration in Today's Technology

This entry was posted in temperature control , tech that matters and infrared energy on May 21, 2020 by II-VI Marlow Industries

Infrared waves

Infrared waves or light are a part of the electromagnetic spectrum. In the 1800s, William Herschel found warm temperature measurements beyond the red end of the visible spectrum. 

Little did he know, this was infrared!

Infrared energy is invisible to the human eye, but rather experienced in other senses. As humans, our bodies emit infrared heat as we can feel ourselves getting warmer, but can’t see it. Infrared energy has also been used in weather reports, TV remotes, cameras, electric ovens, etc. 

Basically almost everything contains this crazy energy.

Today, infrared energy is being used in many different ways. These innovative integrations of infrared waves and technology are sensing more than just heat temperatures

Infrared Devices

Infrared energy continues to evolve today. It can be found in pillows, films, lasers, etc. By combining infrared energy with different technologies, scientists have been able to advance its usage. 

Here’s a few of the latest technologies integrating infrared energy.

Cameras

Cameras have been known for using infrared light to create night vision photos and thermal imaging. This energy has now been harnessed to detect fevers. 

Cough, cough, COVID-19. 

However, it’s not exactly smooth sailing. Infrared energy is good at picking up external temperatures, but requires particular placement for internal reading. Places with accurate internal readings would be your tear duct, or the inside of your mouth.

Memory Foam

Since memory foam rose to popularity in the 70s, sleep products have been evolving to bring people greater satisfaction. 

The Ceramo Queen Pillow is a new memory foam pillow that integrates infrared energy. 

This pillow has bio-ceramic gel inside that diffuses heat to keep your pillow cool, and returns it into infrared energy. By taking in your radiant body heat, the infrared pillow boosts oxygen levels, promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and soothes inflamed/aching joints.

Laser Treatment

Infrared photobiomodulation (PBM) is a study known for healing, regenerating, and protecting brain tissue with the use of infrared light. Through animal studies, scientists have been able to prove that PBM decreases physiological symptoms in depression, PTSD, Alzheimer, and Parkinson's disease. 

This is a bit trickier with humans for the same penetration reasons as the cameras. The infrared light must be able to penetrate the brain tissue in a human in order for this to work. And since mice are much smaller, it is easy to penetrate their brain tissue. 

Currently, only 2mm of the human scalp/skull can be penetrated by infrared light energy. By turning this light into an infrared laser, through the multi-Watt Neuro-Luminance approach, Dr.Theodore Henderson and team were able to test 4 patients suffering from TBI. They saw improvements of headaches, irritability, depression, and more.

Though there is still much to learn about infrared energy tech, it certainly has come a long way in helping people around the world.

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