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Getting Real-Time Performance From A Full-Featured OS

Spend a few minutes at your local electronics store and it’s obvious — the mobile phone is a device that far surpasses its original intent. With respect to functionality, today’s mobile phone goes well beyond the ability to make calls and store phone numbers. It also synchs up with your desktop’s calendar and address book, it can take pictures, play and store music, and receive emails.

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Selecting the Optimal Vision Equipment to Meet Automation Needs

Solving a machine vision application, whether it involves quality inspection, part verification or any number of additional tasks, requires taking several factors into consideration. The most important part of this process is analyzing the target object and its inspection environment, and then specifying the tolerance between “good” parts and “bad” parts. From this information, one can choose the optimal lighting, vision sensor and lens for the application at hand.

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Machine Vision Advances Benefit Motion Applications

Machine vision systems are playing an increasingly important role in many industrial applications, whether it is counting parts on an assembly line or examining surfaces for defects. Improvements in computing power, optics, connectivity, and software are allowing vision systems to be deployed in a wider range of applications.

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Vision Advances Improve Optical Inspection

Recent advances in motion control and machine vision technologies present tremendous opportunities for Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) systems. Thanks to recent developments in these fundamental building block technologies, today’s AOI systems can carry out inspections with a higher resolution and accuracy, and with much faster throughput than before.

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Bill Thigpen, Engineering Branch Chief of NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Division

Ames Research Center As Engineering Branch Chief for NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Division, Bill Thigpen led the team that built and deployed the 10,240-processor Columbia supercomputer in just 120 days. Listed as one of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercomputers, Columbia is just part of the computing resources currently being managed by Mr. Thigpen.

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NASA Probes Gather Solar Information

STEREO observatories and Solar Probe Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Laurel, MD 240-228-5000 www.jhuapl.edu NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) is comprised of two nearly identical spacecraft that were launched in 2006. They will gather images of the Sun simultaneously from different angles. These images will then be combined to produce three-dimensional pictures of coronal mass ejections. These eruptions can blow 10 billion tons of the Sun’s atmosphere into space, and can trigger severe magnetic storms on Earth that cut off electric power and communications.

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Spacecraft Leak Detection System Uses Ultrasonic Sensors

Spacecraft leak detection system Invocon Conroe, TX 281-292-9903 www.invocon.com NASA has selected a spacecraft leak detection system from Invocon that would sense and locate air leaks in pressurized space stations or lunar habitat modules caused by micrometeoroid and space debris impact events. Low-cost, ultrasonic sensor arrays developed by Iowa State University are used in the system. The spacecraft structure would be monitored for leak-generated, surface- borne ultrasound by means of a flexible and modular electronics package with fully integrated data sensors, data acquisiti

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