Fiber Optic Friday!!

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Happy Fiber Optic Friday Everyone!! Here are four fun facts about fiber optics for you to kick off the weekend with!!

1. Fiber optics use Light! Thats right, no electricity passes through fiber optic cables. This also means there is no heat (and no fire hazards!!).

2. Fiber optics are green!! Since fiber optics use no electricity, there is less energy flowing threw them!! Less power means less carbon output and lower emissions!!

3. Fiber optics aren’t influenced by the weather!! Yup you heard that correctly, fiber optics can’t be influenced by rain, heat, or snow!

4. Fiber optics makes a house worth more!! Fiber optic services add a whopping $5,000 to the perceived value of a home! WOW!!

Fast Trak’s Book Recommendation!

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Looking for another read this summer? be sure to check out Rework by Jason Fried!! It focuses on a better, faster, way to succeed in business. Fried goes against standard business models, encouraging people to avoid plans, not use outside investors, and ignore the competition. The book argues that people spend too much time with paperwork and meetings instead of getting work done. Fried offers ideas to help be more productive, get cheap exposure and lots of counterintuitive ideas to advance your business. This book is the perfect way to kick off your weekend!! Happy Friday Everyone!

Fiber Optic Friday!

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Our favorite day of the week is here again, happy fiber optic Friday everyone! In honor of #FOF we decided to post about a new microscope developed using fiber optics that is helping scientists get deeper into the brain to explore!!

A team of Neuroscientists and bioengineers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope that is able to look deep into the brain. Most microscopes only go about a millimeter into the brain, and a lot of important things we want to see are much deeper. The fiber optic lens also allows you to adjust the lens, while most current models are fixed. The microscope works fast and is not motion sensitive, giving scientists and doctors a much clearer view of what’s inside.

The microscope has a thin fiber optic cord that is mounted on the head so the person, or animal, can move while the brain is being examined. Parts of the brain like the amygdala will now be available to look at for the first time. This new advance will help with understanding brain disease and creating new treatments. One small step for fiber optics, one giant leap for mankind!!

Happy fiber optic Friday everyone!

Fiber optic Friday!!

 

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It’s fiber optic Friday here at Fast Trak and we are pumped!! Here are some fun facts you didn’t know about fiber optics to help you celebrate!

1. Fiber optics have been around since 1870! The actual fiber optic cables started making an appearance in the 1950s.

2. There is no electrical current in fiber optics! Fiber optics use light instead. This method has no heat involved and therefore makes it safer!

3. Fiber optics are fast due to their increased capacity!

4. Fiber optics have multiple uses! Aside from transmitting data, they’re also used for gun sights, spectroscopy, and artificial Christmas trees!

5. Fiber optics are green!

Celebrating the life of Will Hicks!

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Will Hicks, a pioneer of fiber optics, passed on Saturday February 14, 2015 at the age of 91. Hicks was recruited by the CIA to develop fiber optic bundles. The fiber optics were originally meant to encode images for spies and have since become popular in the telecommunications industry. The CIA project failed, but Hicks continued his work and in 1959 he helped with the creation of advanced fiber communication systems. After a brief respite from his work, Hicks came back in the 1970’s and started his own company to work on creating an all-optical network. He went on to sell his company to Polaroid in 1982. Hicks continued to work alongside Polaroid even after the sale of his company. Will Hicks was a creative mind with a passion for fiber optics.

 

RIP Will Hicks 1924-2015