Candidates take your mark

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here March 14, 2017 at 2:36 pm Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSGreg Jackson Previous articleState Rep. Jennifer Sullivan Schedules Apopka Office HoursNext articleA timely play coming to Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Greg, a horrible rumor of your possible running for office? Is it horrible? LOL…..is one of the candidates you are speaking of, a Mr. Poe? I don’t know the dark horse candidate you speak of, nor the Apopka preacher either. Ms. Rumph is trying, and #she persisted!…..I met her at a meeting, I am pretty sure I did……what do you think Greg of the news about the old Flea World property and the CRA over in Seminole County where the CRA board is composed of the Seminole County Commissioners and the staff recommendations wanting to give big bucks for demolishing the old Flea World buildings for the developers to build that is in the news today? Do you care to share what you think about that? As far as political savvy, experience, or qualifications, I think with a lot of people questioning whether they should run or not, with self-doubt, I think that went straight out the door, when they saw Donald Trump get elected and realized he won the highest office in the land with! NO experience, NO qualifications, and worse, a BAD attitude! 1 COMMENTcenter_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom An early look at local 2018 electionsOpinionBy Greg Jackson, Esq.Greg JacksonQuietly, the Orange County District 2 Commission race is starting to heat up. On second thought, maybe saying it is “heating up” is a bit too much conjecture on my part. From the numerous calls I am receiving, although I cannot tell you what the final slate of candidates will look like at qualification time, I have surmised a few certainties. First off, I need to put to bed one horrible rumor; that being my immediate political ambitions. To be clear, I have no interest in running for public office in 2018. As the recently elected Chairman of the Orange County Board of Zoning Adjustment, as well as my work through FEC to address issues with CRA’s across the state and much more, I am plenty busy. Also, with my youngest child entering high school with plans to row for an Ivy-League school, I am focused on her success. So as  New Edition once said “You’ll have to count me out this time.”However, one lonely soul, Patricia Rumph, has filed to run for the seat so far. Judging from her financial reports, she is not a very strong candidate and has only raised $2,716.00, which includes a $100.00 loan to herself, since she entered the race in 2016. Rumph’s list of contributors, 28 in total, includes two ODEC committee members, three people with the last name Rumph, 13 people outside of the district, a few Jones High School Alumni and at least four people who said they are planning to contribute to other candidates that get into the race. One thing for certain is that there are no heavy-hitters on Rumph’s list. Also, Rumph has not done any work in the Apopka-area, so it is not surprising that no one knows her even though she is the only person in the race.Next, a preacher, whose church has been displaced no less than five times in the last two years, has relocated his congregation to Apopka High School and is threatening to run for the District 2 seat. While the preacher has a slightly better chance than Rumph, he is equally weak in terms of experience and qualifications. Although it sounded imposing and important when then presidential candidate Barack Obama declared himself a “community organizer”, when a potential county commission candidate with no political savvy says that, it sounds like something a person would say with no experience when asked about their lack of experience. Interestingly, both Rumph and the preacher will rely on their ties to Jones High School and the Pine Hills community to garner support, which will effectively split those votes. But, neither will be able to get the support needed from Ocoee or Apopka to really be competitive.Additionally, the name of a former Disney Executive who also led a Central Florida organization has come into play. While he will definitely display the executive and administrative abilities to be highly competitive for the Orange County District 2 seat, the real question is whether or not he will want to endure the riggers of a campaign, which could potentially dig into the past that led to his quick exit from the state-wide race in 2014.Lastly, there is a “dark horse” preparing to jump in the race and it is my initial assessment that this will be the person to beat. With the votes being split at least three-ways in Pine Hills by the three aforementioned persons, all of whom are African-American, this individual could quite possibly win the seat almost as easily as Commissioner Bryan Nelson did in 2014. If you recall, Commissioner Nelson nearly received 50% of the votes during the 2014 Primary Election with five African-Americans in that race. The “dark horse” candidate I am referring to has strong political ties to West Orange County, exceptional experience, has won several elections in thearea and can carry the votes in the places that matter, i.e., Apopka, Ocoee, College Park, Lockhart and quite possibly Eatonville.While I recognize that anything can happen with elections, judging from elections over the past 20+ years for the Orange County District 2 seat, it cannot be ignored that whoever wins Apopka, wins the seat. As 2018 approaches and more folks jump into the race for Orange County District 2, I will give my honest assessments of each candidate, naming them as they file to enter the race. The future of District 2 is too important to leave it to chance that voters will get the information necessary to make informed decisions. Like it or not, I will stand ready to provide my assessments of each candidate in the District 2 race; and rest assured that I will do all of this — in my humble opinion.Greg Jackson is a past Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, military veteran, current Orange County District 2 Representative on the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and General Counsel for the Community Redevelopment Agency. He has been as an active member of the Central Florida community for nearly 20 years. He was most recently a candidate for the Florida House District 45 seat. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Mama Mialast_img read more

Orange County celebrates “Come out with Pride” Parade

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. From the Orange County NewsroomOrange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined the community to celebrate the 2017 Orlando Come Out with Pride Parade and Rally, which celebrated Orlando’s LGBTQ community, its allies and all those who stand united with Orlando.Orange County District 3 Commissioner Pete Clarke, District 5 Commissioner Emily Bonilla and City of Orlando District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan were also in attendance. The event, which gathered more than 50,000 attendees, was held on Oct. 14 and has become one of the largest Pride festivals in Florida.At the end of the parade, participants gathered for a Pride Rally at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park, where Mayor Jacobs presented a proclamation declaring Oct. 14 as Come Out with Pride Orlando Day in Orange County.“Come Out With Pride has always been a much anticipated and treasured event in Orlando, but recently it has taken on a much broader purpose. It’s more important than ever for us to show unity and compassion, and to lead with love and kindness,” Mayor Jacobs said during her remarks. “We are a community that doesn’t just embrace diversity and inclusion, but views it as one of our greatest sources of strength and pride.”Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined the community for the 2017 Orlando Come Out with Pride Parade and Rally held in downtown Orlando on Oct. 14, 2017.Mayor Jacobs also thanked LGBTQ champions, advocates and leaders throughout Central Florida for their collaboration and support during Orlando’s most difficult moment in history last year during the Pulse nightclub tragedy. On June 12, 2016, Orange County was impacted greatly by a senseless act of violence and hatred at Pulse Nightclub when a gunman killed 49 people and injured 68 others at Pulse in the City of Orlando. More than a year later, the community continues to remember our 49 brothers and sister, their families and the survivors as they continue to heal from the tragedy.Come Out with Pride, Inc. is a nonprofit organization made up of an all-volunteer board and production team inspired to make an impact in the LGBTQ+ community. The Metropolitan Business Association, Central Florida’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, saw the need for the Pride festival to focus on building unity and cohesiveness within the community, which led to the creation of Come Out with Pride in 2005.Come Out with Pride is celebrated during the first weekend in October to align with National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 and National Gay and Lesbian History Month. Please enter your name here TAGSCome out with Pride ParadeLGBTQOrange County Previous articleLongest running member to speak at milestone lunchNext articleBlue Darters fall, Mustangs rise in AP Top 10 Poll Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

HIV charities merge

Advertisement HIV charities merge  17 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 October 2000 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The two largest HIV charities merged on Sunday. London Lighthouse and Terrence Higgins Trust will now be known as Terrence Higgins Trust Lighthouse.Read Force for Good by Nicola Hill at The Guardian. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Extra £100 million from Big Lottery Fund

first_imgExtra £100 million from Big Lottery Fund  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Big Lottery Fund will be launching its portfolio of new programmes for England from autumn this year. At its meeting on 19 July, the Big Lottery Fund’s Board finalised its new portfolio of programmes by agreeing to support a range of new strategic programmes in England. It will make announcements about programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland at a later date. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Big Lottery Fund has announced it is providing an extra £100 million this year to give additional support to voluntary and community groups across the UK.The Big Lottery Fund says that it received “an unprecedented number of applications” for its Voluntary and Community Funding Programmes which closed for applications on 31 May 2005. The additional funding will ensure that more projects will receive a grant. Since January 2005, the Big Lottery Fund has seen a 123% increase in applications to this programme compared to the same period last year. As a result, the Fund’s Board has agreed to extend the deadlines for decisions on applications to the former Community Fund’s Voluntary and Community Funding Programmes from November 2005 to February 2006. Advertisement Howard Lake | 19 August 2005 | Newslast_img read more

RNLI raised over £100,000 last year from recycled cartridges and gadgets

first_imgRNLI raised over £100,000 last year from recycled cartridges and gadgets Howard Lake | 14 January 2014 | News Working with The Recycling Factory, the RNLI last year beat its target of £100,000 raised from recycling inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges, mobile phones and electronic gadgets.The income raised has helped fund the training of two lifeboat volunteers, at a cost of £1255 each, across all of the RNLI’s 237 stations for a whole year.RNLI supporters send in their empty cartridges using freepost envelopes or, if they have larger volumes, in free recycling boxes. The Recycling Factory say that “100% of each item’s value is donated directly to the charity” and the service is “completely free of charge”.  175 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Tagged with: Donated goods Recycling Tradinglast_img read more

Consultation on changes to Gift Aid donor benefits rules

first_img Advertisement  112 total views,  3 views today Melanie May | 25 February 2016 | News Consultation on changes to Gift Aid donor benefits rules AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 The Treasury has begun its consultation on changes to the Gift Aid donor benefits rules.It announced a review of the rules in its Autumn Statement 2014, to consider whether the existing rules could be simplified. The consultation document invites stakeholders’ views on possible simplifications of the existing rules, and follows the government’s call for evidence, which ran between July and October 2015.It invites respondents to submit their views on a number of options, and asks whether they represent a welcome simplification of the existing donor benefits rules.The deadline for responses is 12 May 2016.The proposed simplifications are:• Reforming the relevant value test (simplifying the current monetary thresholds used to determine the amount of benefit that can be given for a Gift Aided donation).The document suggests:a) Removing the monetary thresholds altogether: by calculating instead the ‘net’ amount of donations on which Gift Aid can be claimed by deducting the cost of providing Donor Benefits from a charity’s gross donation receipts, or by reforming the rules so that Gift Aid can only be claimed according to the split payments rule.b) Alternatively, the document proposes reducing the number of thresholds from three to one. The remaining threshold would be expressed in terms of the value of the benefit as a percentage of the associated donation, up to the prescribed maximum aggregate benefit value. Providing the value of the benefit did not exceed that percentage threshold, and complied with the aggregate value test, Gift Aid could be claimed on the entire value of that donation.• The introduction of a disregard for low value benefitsA low value disregard would enable Gift Aid to be claimed on the gross value of an eligible donation as long as the total benefits provided to the donor in consequence of that donation did not exceed a certain monetary threshold. Any type of benefit could be given, provided that the stated monetary threshold was not exceeded.• Withdrawing the lifetime benefits concessionResponses to the Call for Evidence suggested that charities do not use the lifetime benefits rule, which states that, for the purposes of Gift Aid, the value of lifetime benefits only needs to be included in the total value of benefit given to a donor for the first 10 years. As a result, the government is proposing withdrawing this concession altogether.The consultation document is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/simplifying-the-gift-aid-donor-benefit-rules-consultation Tagged with: Gift Aid Law / policy  113 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Comic Relief #iwill youth social action fund seeks applications

first_img Comic Relief’s #iwill fund is open for applications until 12th May for projects encouraging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action.Comic Relief has partnered with the #iwill campaign to create a £2.4 million fund to target young people from less affluent backgrounds. The campaign aims to get six out of ten young people involved in social action by 2020, and the #iwill fund is offering grants for up to 30 projects of between £20,000 to £50,000 per year for up to three years, with a maximum of £150,000 in total. Comic Relief is keen to fund projects that will work with young people in areas of high need and deprivation, and where there are minimal services or activities available for young people.The criteria for the grants will be:Ability to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant’ young people in their own communityAbility to demonstrate how they will engage those young people in creative, innovative and meaningful social actionActivity funded under this programme will need to reflect the Step Up To Serve Six Shared Principles of quality social action:challengingyouth-ledsocially impactfulprogressiveembeddedreflectiveMore information on application criteria and eligibility are available on the Comic Relief site. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  146 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24 Advertisement  145 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Comic Relief Funding Melanie May | 25 April 2017 | News Comic Relief #iwill youth social action fund seeks applicationslast_img read more

Baltimore: No militarization of city schools!

first_imgThe Board of Commissioners of Baltimore City Public Schools held a public hearing Feb. 24 on a bill recently introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates. House Bill 101 would allow Baltimore City School Police Officers to carry firearms inside school buildings during school hours. Although the hearing was scheduled with very little advance warning, FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together) activists quickly took action to stand up against the further militarization of public schools.The hearing room was filled well in advance of the start of the hearing with both supporters and opponents of the bill. FIST displayed large signs reading “Students are not criminals!” and “$$$ for teachers, not cops!” The numbers on each side of the issue were relatively similar; the social makeup of each side, however, was entirely different.Supporters of the bill were all powerful people in society: the Fraternal Order of Police, school police officers, school principals and other school officials. The entire school and police bureaucracy is behind the law. In contrast, opponents of the law consisted entirely of students, parents and activist groups such as FIST and Casa de Maryland. In essence, it was the establishment versus the community.The arguments by the police were filled with rhetoric and concepts that, upon further examination, were contradictory and untruthful. There were appeals to protect innocent students from shootings in schools, yet also the demonization of Baltimore students as dangerous criminals with weapons. At the same time school cops were spoken of as community leaders and role models for children. The complete distrust of the police by young people of color, in the forefront of the movement against police violence, was predictably absent.Students more afraid of cops than bulliesOne police officer told how school police regularly break up fights between students, all while unarmed, and said they need firearms to be able to “do their job.” It appears that, despite careful planning, this officer let the truth slip out: The school police want the ability to use deadly force on students. It was never explained why, despite all the intense praise of the police by the establishment, that the police now require firearms after 24 years of being unarmed in the schools.Opponents of the bill argued that arming police with guns creates an even greater level of distrust between students and police. Young people in poor and oppressed communities understand that a gun on a cop’s belt is not there to protect them, but to be used against them.A report from a student at Digital Harbor High School indicated that students were more concerned about the police in their school than any other issue, topping even bullying. This comes as no surprise after a school officer recently sent three girls from Vanguard Middle School to the hospital after beating one with a baton and pepper spraying two others.A Latino high school student addressed the school board through an interpreter, bringing up how the situation relates to students who do not speak English. He raised the issue of non-English-speaking students’ inability to comply with orders in English and the tragic consequences of what can happen when police use deadly force in such circumstances.The bill is in the hands of the state legislature and is expected to be voted on in March. This will keep the decision out of the hands of working and oppressed families who, through the school board hearing, showed their disgust with the proposed law.Although the legislature, including the school board, wants to silence criticism of their system and the police, the youth and communities of Baltimore will remain defiant in the face of police terror.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Baltimore protest set for May 16; struggle demands amnesty for arrestees

first_imgMay 11 — Close to 500 people have been arrested here since the rebellion that began on April 25 after the killing of Freddie Grey, yet another young Black man who has died at the hands of the police. Some 33 of those arrested remain in jail.Some were brutally beaten and pepper-sprayed by police even as television cameras caught the action. Those still being held are in central booking or at a nearby juvenile facility, without due process. They were denied their right to see a court commissioner within the 24-hour period previously required.  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan provided an excuse for this delay by proclaiming a “state of emergency,” which also authorized deployment of the National Guard.The governor has never even considered declaring a state of emergency over Baltimore’s extreme poverty, unemployment and decaying schools and homes in the Black community. These unbearable conditions are what underlie the struggle in a major city that has been stripped of its once plentiful industrial jobs.Those arrested included Baltimore youth, journalists, medics and legal observers. Allen Bullock’s parents urged him to turn himself in after he was pictured in a news media photo allegedly breaking a police cruiser’s windows. Bullock is now facing life in prison.  His bail was set at $500,000 — more than three times the $150,000 set for the six officers charged with the assault and murder of Freddie Grey.In an outpouring of support, anonymous donors have posted Bullock’s bail.The local Baltimore movement, including the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly and the Bmore United Coalition, has called for amnesty for all those arrested.The People’s Power Assembly is planning a massive protest on Saturday, May 16, at 3 p.m., gathering at McKeldin Square, Light and Pratt streets, in downtown Baltimore. (See tinyurl.com/mtpf2vz for updates.)A statement issued by the group says in part: “How can city officials equate property damage with the life of a human being? The youth of Baltimore need our support. We demand: Drop all charges and grant full amnesty! The people of Baltimore, especially the youth, need full employment at a livable wage, decent education and housing, not jails, racism and police terror.”The PPA points out that the struggle continues, not only for amnesty for those arrested but for justice for Freddie Grey; for the conviction and jailing of the six police involved in his murder; and for the fight to end police terror. The group has plans for a massive tribunal and assembly on June 6, a date set prior to Grey’s death. (tinyurl.com/ou7wjyt)Andre Powell, PPA volunteer and union activist, stated: “The June 6 tribunal and assembly on police terror and structural racism will take up the next steps, allow people to testify on police terror and project a citywide campaign for community control.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Bending the Light with a Tiny Chip

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. An image of Hajimiri’s light-bending silicon chip. Credit: Ali Hajimiri/CaltechImagine that you are in a meeting with coworkers or at a gathering of friends. You pull out your cell phone to show a presentation or a video on YouTube. But you don’t use the tiny screen; your phone projects a bright, clear image onto a wall or a big screen. Such a technology may be on its way, thanks to a new light-bending silicon chip developed by researchers at Caltech.The chip was developed by Ali Hajimiri, Thomas G. Myers Professor of Electrical Engineering, and researchers in his laboratory. The results were presented at the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) conference in San Francisco on March 10.Traditional projectors—like those used to project a film or classroom lecture notes—pass a beam of light through a tiny image, using lenses to map each point of the small picture to corresponding, yet expanded, points on a large screen. The Caltech chip eliminates the need for bulky and expensive lenses and bulbs and instead uses a so-called integrated optical phased array (OPA) to project the image electronically with only a single laser diode as light source and no mechanically moving parts.Hajimiri and his colleagues were able to bypass traditional optics by manipulating the coherence of light—a property that allows the researchers to “bend” the light waves on the surface of the chip without lenses or the use of any mechanical movement. If two waves are coherent in the direction of propagation—meaning that the peaks and troughs of one wave are exactly aligned with those of the second wave—the waves combine, resulting in one wave, a beam with twice the amplitude and four times the energy as the initial wave, moving in the direction of the coherent waves.“By changing the relative timing of the waves, you can change the direction of the light beam,” says Hajimiri. For example, if 10 people kneeling in line by a swimming pool slap the water at the exact same instant, they will make one big wave that travels directly away from them. But if the 10 separate slaps are staggered—each person hitting the water a half a second after the last—there will still be one big, combined wave, but with the wave bending to travel at an angle, he says.Using a series of pipes for the light—called phase shifters—the OPA chip similarly slows down or speeds up the timing of the waves, thus controlling the direction of the light beam. To form an image, electronic data from a computer are converted into multiple electrical currents; by applying stronger or weaker currents to the light within the phase shifter, the number of electrons within each light path changes—which, in turn, changes the timing of the light wave in that path. The timed light waves are then delivered to tiny array elements within a grid on the chip. The light is then projected from each array in the grid, the individual array beams combining coherently in the air to form a single light beam and a spot on the screen.As the electronic signal rapidly steers the beam left, right, up, and down, the light acts as a very fast pen, drawing an image made of light on the projection surface. Because the direction of the light beam is controlled electronically—not mechanically—it can create a sort of line very quickly. Since the light draws many times per second, the eye sees the process as a single image instead of a moving light beam, says Hajimiri.“The new thing about our work is really that we can do this on a tiny, one-millimeter-square silicon chip, and the fact that we can do it very rapidly—rapidly enough to form images, since we phase-shift electronically in two dimensions,” says Behrooz Abiri, a graduate student in Hajimiri’s group and a coauthor on the paper. So far, the images Hajimiri and his team can project with the current version of the chip are somewhat simple—a triangle, a smiley face, or single letters, for example. However, the researchers are currently experimenting with larger chips that include more light-delivering array elements that—like using a larger lens on a camera—can improve the resolution and increase the complexity of the projected images.In their recent experiments, Hajimiri and his colleagues have used the silicon chip to project images in infrared light, but additional work with different types of semiconductors will also allow the researchers to expand the tiny projector’s capabilities into the visible spectrum. “Right now we are using silicon technology, which works better with infrared light. If you want to project visible light, you can take the exact same architecture and do it in what’s called compound semiconductor III-V technology,” says Firooz Aflatouni, another coauthor on the paper, who in January finished his two-year postdoctoral appointment at Caltech and joined the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor. “Silicon is good because it can be easily integrated into electronics, but these other compound semiconductors could be used to do the same thing.”“In the future, this can be incorporated into a phone, and since there is no need for a lens, you can have a phone that acts as a projector all by itself,” Hajimiri says. However, although the chip could easily be incorporated into a cell phone, he points out that a tiny projection device can have many applications—including light-based radar systems (called “LIDAR”), which are used in positioning, robotics, geographical measurements, and mapmaking. Such equipment already exists, but current LIDAR technology requires complex, bulky, and expensive equipment—equipment that could be streamlined and simplified to a single chip at a much lower cost.“But I don’t want to limit the device to just a few purposes. The beauty of this thing is that these chips are small and can be made at a very low cost—and this opens up lots of interesting possibilities,” he says.These results were described in a presentation titled “Electronic Two-Dimensional Beam Steering for Integrated Optical Phased Arrays.” Along with Hajimiri, Abiri, and Aflatouni, Caltech senior Angad Rekhi is also a coauthor on this paper. The work was funded by grants from the Caltech Innovation Initiative, and the Information Science and Technology initiative at Caltech. 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Business News Your email address will not be published. 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