Imaging

Support Routines for In Situ Image Processing

This software consists of a set of application programs that support ground-based image processing for in situ missions. These programs represent a collection of utility routines that perform miscellaneous functions in the context of the ground data system. Each one fulfills some specific need as determined via operational experience. The most unique aspect to these programs is that they are integrated into the large, in situ image processing system via the PIG (Planetary Image Geometry) library. They work directly with space in situ data, understanding the appropriate image meta-data fields and updating them properly. The programs themselves are completely multimission; all mission dependencies are handled by PIG.

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Automatic Calibration of an Airborne Imaging System to an Inertial Navigation Unit

This software automatically calibrates a camera or an imaging array to an inertial navigation system (INS) that is rigidly mounted to the array or imager. In effect, it recovers the coordinate frame transformation between the reference frame of the imager and the reference frame of the INS.

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Planetary Data Systems (PDS) Imaging Node Atlas II

The Planetary Image Atlas (PIA) is a Rich Internet Application (RIA) that serves planetary imaging data to the science community and the general public. PIA also utilizes the USGS Unified Planetary Coordinate system (UPC) and the on-Mars map server.

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Flexible’ Machine Vision: Sensors, Lenses, and Software

Machine vision has become indispensable in today’s highly automated manufacturing environments, which rely on accurate in spec tion to ensure high product quality and high process efficiency. Applications for the technology span industry, and include everything from validation of printed barcodes and text on consumer product labeling, to assembly verification of printed circuit boards, to dimensional measurement of automotive parts. The demand for vision inspection only continues to grow with increasing throughput requirements and stringent quality standards that necessitate full inspection and render manual product inspection unfeasible.

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Pixel-Scale Coated Sensors Bring Multispectral Imaging to New Users

The pixel-scale patterning of optical filters directly onto sensors has the potential to drastically simplify and scale down the cost of real-time multispectral imaging. Without moving parts, a more robust and compact system can be deployed into harsher environments than have been previously accessible for multispectral imagers.

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Rugged IP-Based Video Surveillance System Keeps Taipei Trains Moving

Averaging 1.6 million passengers per day, the Taipei Metro, also known as the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, is one of the busiest transportation systems in Asia and has become an important driver for business and lifestyle in Taiwan. To ensure smooth and reliable operations and keep a watchful eye on the security and safety of riders, a CCTV-based onboard video surveillance system has been in place on a number of Taipei Metro carriages since 2010. The system makes it possible for train drivers to access live video images of critical areas, and video recordings are also available for later review and analysis.

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Frame Grabbers

Teledyne DALSA (Billerica, MA) has released the Xtium-CL PX4 series of frame grabbers. In addition to PCIe Gen 2.0 ×4 and Camera Link®, upcoming models will support Camera Link HS® as well as other interface standards on a PCIe Gen 2.0 ×8 platform.

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Spherical Imaging System

Point Grey Research (Richmond, BC, Canada) has announced its Ladybug ®5 camera. The LD5-U3-51S5C features 30 megapixels (MP) of total resolution, covering 90% of a full sphere; a 5Gbit/s USB 3.0 interface; and a post-processing workflow.

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Frame Grabbers

VRmagic (Mannheim, Germany) has introduced the VRmDAVC-2, an intelligent version of the company’s USB frame grabber. In combination with analog cameras, the frame grabber provides users with a platform that performs image processing tasks autonomously.

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Imaging Objectives

Edmund Optics® (Barrington, NJ) offers Mitutoyo Glass Thickness-Compensated Infinity Corrected Objectives. The components are suited for imaging objects through glass up to 3.5 mm thick. Applications for the G Plan Apochromatic (Apo) objectives include imaging through a coverslip or mediums like agar, water, or nutrients; inspecting LCDs, semiconductor, or flatscreen TV monitors; or imaging into a vacuum. Available in 20× and 50× magnifications, Mitutoyo Glass Thickness- Compensated Infinity Corrected Objectives feature color reproducibility and a flat image surface over the entire field of view.

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