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Flat Brushless DC Motors

The nuvoDisc flat brushless dc motors from Portescap (West Chester, PA) measure just 32 mm diameter and 11.7 mm long, suiting it to space-constrained applications such as barcode scanners.

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Ultra-High-Speed Thermography Reveals Hidden Features of Hot, Fast-Moving Objects

Most of us have seen still images or slow-motion video of fast-moving objects, such as a missile in flight or a humming bird flapping its wings. Both scenarios are possible with high-speed visible image cameras using ultra-short exposure times and triggered strobe lighting. Video images of this sort generally require high frame rates to ensure smooth playback.

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Compact Vision for Development and Control of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

The Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC) at the University of Limerick in Ireland created a generic solution for underwater development. During research cruises in February and June of 2005 with the RV Celtic Explorer, MMRRC researchers identified weak points of the overall system integration to address with a virtual underwater lab (VUL). The VUL is a mixed hardware/software tool designed to overcome identified problems; make overall system integration easier; and provide a framework for researchers to develop, implement, and test advanced control algorithms in a combined real-world/simulated environment.

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Visualization Software Helps Assess Thin-Film Semiconductor Systems

As thin-film technology advances, it’s increasingly important to monitor the film’s characteristics. That’s because eliminating irregularities in thin films — used primarily to create computer chips — enhances their performance. k-Space Associates (kSA, Ann Arbor, MI) specializes in accurate, precise monitoring methods that allow physicists and engineers to create high-performance thin-film products and improve their research and development workflow.

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ID Readers Accurately Identify and Trace Printed Circuit Boards

New MP3 players from a global electronics manufacturer like Sony are destined for a demanding consumer market and cannot be compromised in any way. In Malaysia, the company sought a code-reading and traceability solution for the printed circuit boards (PCBs) for these MP3 players.

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Microscope Camera

JENOPTIK Laser, Jena, Germany, offers the ProgRes® CT2 microscope camera with CMOS sensor technology. The ProgRes CT3 is dedicated to bright field and reflective light microscopy, but is also suitable for other contrast methods. Providing a resolution of up to 3 megapixels, the camera captures high-quality digital images especially when contrast methods with high light intensities are applied. The fast live image is available in several resolutions and the integrated CMOS sensor is resistant to blooming.

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Modular Camera

Allied Vision Technologies, Newburyport, MA, offers the Stingray camera, based on a modular design and offering flexible configurations. The Stingray is equipped with a Firewire 1394b port for high-speed data transfer and optional optical fiber connection. The camera is ideal for the machine vision market, and AVT’s modular concept provides the flexibility to configure specific camera models to fit a wide range of other applications.

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