Imaging

GigE Vision Cameras

LightWise™ IQ Cameras from Imaging Solutions Group (Rochester, NY) support Dual GigE Vision, the new CoaXpress interface, and Truesense Imaging (Kodak) KAI CCD products. The 16 Mp camera (7.4 micron pixel – KAI-16070) and the 29 Mp (5.5 micron pixel – KAI-29050) camera feature a Linux CPU and a large FPGA. External triggering and strobe functions are integrated along with a NTSC/PAL Composite Video Input, RS- 232, two USB2 interfaces, and on-board memory.

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GigE Cameras

The Imaging Source (Charlotte, NC) offers industrial monochrome/color 29 × 29 × 57 mm cameras. Features include an Aptina CMOS sensor; Sony CCD sensor; resolution from VGA to 5 MP; frame rate up to 150 fps; GigE with PoE (Power over Ethernet) interface; and optional binning and ROI. Six different models are included.

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Line Scan Cameras

Basler (Exton, PA) has expanded its sprint series of line scan cameras. The existing Camera Link models with 39 kHz, 70 kHz, and 140 kHz line scan rates are now joined by monochrome and color cameras offering 50 kHz at 2k and 4k resolution. All sprint cameras ship with the new firmware, version 1.17. A 6-axis operator achieves high levels of color fidelity. The sprint line scan cameras, which feature large 10 μm pixels, are based on a two-line CMOS sensor technology.

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Video Wall Management Software

Matrox® Graphics (Dorval, Quebec, Canada) offers MuraControl™ 2.0 for Windows® video wall management software. Features include transparency and color-keying effects, the addition of local inputs and control, plus source touring and scheduling functionality. Blending videos and images with the desktop, a background image, or another video is now possible by setting transparency levels for one or more windows.

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Frame Grabbers

The EPIX (Buffalo Grove, IL) PIXCI®e104 x4 Gen2 Camera Link frame grabber acquires from dual deca cameras or from 4 base cameras. The PCIe gen2 x4 interface transfers data to the host processor in bursts of 20 gigabits per second, capturing images from more than 900 Camera Link cameras. The Type-1 bottomstacking PCIe/104 x4 Gen 2.0 interface also features 64-bit memory addressing.

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Visual Image Sensor Organ Replacement

This innovation is a system that augments human vision through a technique called “Sensing Super-position” using a Visual Instrument Sensory Organ Replacement (VISOR) device. The VISOR device translates visual and other sensors (i.e., thermal) into sounds to enable very difficult sensing tasks.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Software, Imaging & Diagnostics, Biosensors, Imaging, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Sensors, Medical, Briefs, MDB

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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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