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Thermography Camera

The VarioCAM® thermography camera from JENOPTIK Laser, Jena, Germany, features an image resolution up to 1.2 megapixels and is designed for applications in scientific and industrial research and development. The camera is based on Resolution-Enhancement-Technology, an optomechanical procedure in which the resolution of the 640 × 480-pixel microbolometer detector is quadrupled during the image saving process. In this way, the camera supplies thermal images with quality almost equal to photographs.

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High-Definition Robotic Camera

Sony Electronics, Park Ridge, NJ, has introduced the EVI-HD1 high-definition EVI robotic camera, a single-chip-based, pan/tilt/zoom camera with multi-format capabilities to output both standard and high-definition video. The camera uses a 1080i CMOS sensor that delivers high-definition resolution in 720p, 1080i, or 1080p. The camera can be used with compatible codecs and systems from other manufacturers, due to its ability to output standard-definition video (YC and composite), high-definition analog component (Y, Pub, Pr), or digital HD-SDI.

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PCI Express Frame Grabbers

American ELTEC, Las Vegas, NV, has introduced a series of five PCI Express frame grabbers with single-lane interface (×1). The PC_EYE®/MONO frame grabber is designed for industrial image processing in which digitization begins immediately after an external trigger signal. The board supports four cameras in multiplex mode.

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X-Ray Imaging Camera

Rad-icon Imaging Corp., Santa Clara, CA, has introduced the Shad-o-BoxTM HS high-sensitivity, high-speed x-ray camera with 12-bit digital interface for direct connection to a frame grabber. The camera operates in real-time radiography applications at up to 20 frames per second. The camera’s image detector is a 512 × 512 pixel, two-dimensional CMOS photodiode array sensor with 96 μm pixel spacing, providing a 2" active sensing area for applications ranging from 10 to 160 kV.

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High-Speed Video Camera

Photron, San Diego, CA, offers the Fastcam SA-1 high-speed camera with 5,000 full megapixel resolution frames per second. It uses CMOS sensor technology for slow-motion video imaging with true 12-bit resolution and two-microsecond global shuttering. The camera design provides two memory configurations, including 8 GB with 6 seconds at 1,000 full frames per second, and 16 GB with 12 seconds at 1,000 full frames per second.

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The 3D Product Development Triple Play

By Steve Luby President & Chief Executive Officer VISTAGY, Inc. Waltham, MA Steve Luby, President & CEO, VISTAGY (Waltham, MA).Today, every company is searching for a sustainable competitive advantage, and getting great products to market quickly at a good price is what matters most. Product innovation and speed are the keys to success, and PLM and the latest 3D CAD tools can play a part in achieving these goals. But there are more significant rewards for organizations that take a broader process-oriented view of the entire product development cycle.

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2006 Product of the Year Awards and Design Contest Winners

The 2006 NASA Tech Briefs (NTB) and Photonics Tech Briefs (PTB) Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards were presented recently by the editors of NTB and PTB at an awards dinner in New York City. The event honored the top three products of 2006 as chosen by each magazine’s readers. Also honored at the event were the Grand-Prize and First-Prize winners of the Emhart Teknologies “Create the Future” Design Contest.

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