Opti-onics, the Technology of the Future

I suppose this came true, if you can say your phone and tablet use something vaguely similar to Opti-onics!

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     Posted By: Paul - Sun May 07, 2023
     Category: Technology | Computers | 1940s | Yesterday’s Tomorrows

This looks like a pipe dream for the times in the middle of WW2. Remember it's a WEAPON today but tomorrow it will be a TIME SINK!
Posted by KDP on 05/07/23 at 12:19 PM
Johnny's been using the greasy kid stuff.

Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 05/07/23 at 12:35 PM
The first dipping-the-toe into possible applications based on the theory of optical computers?

Don't hold me to it, and I'm reasonably certain I never saw the term opti-onics before, but it seems to me it's probably tied to a WWII project for optically-guided bombs. One lens, a diffusion grating, a prism(?), and a couple of photocells could pick out a ship at sea. Could have had a lot of potential and generated some very interesting side developments, but alas, radar was on the verge of doing the same thing far more reliably and against a wider range of targets.
Posted by Phideaux on 05/07/23 at 03:42 PM
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