Imaging

'Squid Skin' Metamaterial Yields Vivid Color Display

The quest to create artificial "squid skin" — camouflaging metamaterials that can "see" colors and automatically blend into the background — is one step closer to reality, thanks to a color-display technology by Rice University's Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP).The new full-color display technology uses aluminum nanoparticles to create the vivid red, blue, and green hues found in today's top-of-the-line LCD televisions and monitors.The breakthrough is the latest in a string of recent discoveries by a Rice-led team that set out in 2010 to create metamaterials capable of mimicking the camouflage abilities of cephalopods — the family of marine creatures that includes squid, octopus, and cuttlefish.LANP's new color display technology delivers bright red, blue, and green hues from five-micron-square pixels that each contains several hundred aluminum nanorods. By varying the length of the nanorods and the spacing between them, LANP researchers Stephan Link and Jana Olson showed they could create pixels that produced dozens of colors, including rich tones of red, green, and blue that are comparable to those found in high-definition LCD displays.

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Unmanned "Urban Beat Cop" Surveillance System Protects Soldiers

In a non-combat environment, information is typically collected by local law enforcement officers who are "walking their beat." Air Force expeditionary forces in Afghanistan requested a system that would give them similar situational awareness in Afghan villages and other remote areas, but without human participation or requiring them to "walk a beat." So, the Air Force and a small business partner recently developed and tested in the field a small, unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) that allows U.S. military forces to perform strategic reconnaissance while staying out of harm's way.

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Prepping Advanced Driver Assistance for Mainstream Vehicles

Forward-facing cameras, integrated with vehicle controls, are being used to recognize pedestrians, signs, and other cars and motorcycles. Automatic brake mechanisms — often connected to a combination of radar, camera, and sensors — can halt a vehicle as it approaches an object ahead. New mounted cameras have the ability to register road markings and keep drivers within their own lanes.

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Microscope Camera

The Imaging Source (Charlotte, NC) 13-megapixel microscope camera is equipped with a distortion-free 5.3-mm (35-mm equivalent) auto-focus lens, allowing capture through the ocular, not just a region of interest. The camera can take the place of the ocular or can be screwed into the Cmount. Other features include: Sony Exmor CMOS, 1/2.5” sensor; full image circle capture; full HD at up to 30 FPS; focal length of 5.3 mm; and USB 3.0 interface.

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Microscope Confocal Module

Andor Technology Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland), an Oxford Instruments company, has announced the Revolution DSD2, a compact, laser-free confocal module. With the addition of Andor’s CMOS camera technology, the module delivers a large field of view and high dynamic range. The DSD2 uses a broadband white light source instead of lasers, enabling the image of any fluor by selection of filters.

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Gigabit Ethernet Camera

PHOTONIS Digital Imaging (Frisco, TX) offers a Gigabit Ethernet camera optimized for low-light conditions. The NOCTURN model provides GigE Vision® functionality and features standard connectivity options for video management and dissemination in military ground vehicles and other localized surveillance networks.

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Thermal Imaging Surveillance System

The SPYNEL-X wide-area surveillance system from HGH Infrared Systems (Cambridge, MA) captures real-time, full-panoramic images with up to 120 Mpix resolution. The technology features automatic intrusion detection and tracking capabilities for an unlimited number of targets on land, air, and sea through all types of inclement weather. The SPYNEL-X provides situational awareness and features an HD MWIR focal plane array. A single SPYNEL-X sensor can perform 24/7 early human intrusion alerts over a 16-km-diameter area.

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Embedded System for Machine Vision

The EyeVBox II system from EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) offers an Intel® AtomTM processor, four USB 2.0 interfaces at the back of the device, and two USB 2.0 interfaces at the front; interfaces, such as DVI-I and HDMI, are also available. Because the processors feature low-power consumption from the embedded or laptop area, the EyeVBox II does not need a fan and can be operated passively.

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GigE Smart Camera

ADLINK (Taipei, Taiwan) has released a quad-core x86 smart camera, the NEON-1040. The device features a 4-MP 60-fps global shutter sensor, quad core Intel® Atom™ 1.9 GHz processors, and flexible software support. With FPGA coprocessor support, the NEON-1040 accelerates image pre-processing, including LUT (look up table), ROI (region of interest), and shading correction.

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CMOS Cameras

The LX series from Baumer (Radeberg, Germany) features high-resolution CMOSIS sensors, a dual GigE interface, and 240 MB/s bandwidth. The cameras operate with 8-, 12-, and 20-megapixel resolutions. Eight- and 12-megapixel models utilize the CMOSIS 5.5 μm pixel design. The 20 MP model, with 6.4-μm pixel structure, features a low noise of 8 e- and a dynamic range of 66 dB. Because of its standard-compliant Dual GigE interface, the 20-MP GigE Vision camera currently available enables cost-efficient system integration.

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