Imaging

Building an Immersive Training Platform for Infantry Soldiers

Developing an effective immersive training tool requires a fine balance of technology capabilities with human factors. Achieving a training goal to build squad leadership skills, squad-level communication, and mission rehearsal for an entire squadron brings together several components, including advanced body sensors that must translate physical movements, avatar actions, and high-resolution headmounted displays (HMDs) to immerse the user in the virtual world.

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Modular Software & Metallography: Automating the Analysis Process

Today’s micro-imaging analysis software systems provide users with a module-based approach that allows imaging and measurement to be customized to specific workflow environments. This type of interface flexibility also enables higher levels of automation and standardization — facilities no longer need to rely on small groups of microscopy experts to handle their imaging and analysis tasks. Today, guided, automated functionality based on specific software modules allows larger numbers of staff members to manage the creation, analysis, and distribution of material images. These modules are particularly useful in metallography applications, guiding users through every step of the image analysis process.

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Controller Boards Bring 12-Monitor Video Wall to the Track

The P.A. People, specialist contractors within the audio-visual systems sector, were commissioned by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to deliver a large-scale video wall for access to critical information, including race and driver details, weather forecasts, and closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage.

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Machine Vision Software

Microscan (Renton, WA) has announced AutoVISION™ 2.0 machine vision software. AutoVISION™ 2.0 provides additional capabilities, including Verification and OCV (Optical Character Verification) Tools to validate print quality, a Logic Tool for building pass/fail criteria, and support for automated job change over. The software also features Microscan LINK for connectivity to PLCs and other industrial control systems.

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High-Resolution Camera

The Adimec SAPPHIRE S-25A45 camera from Adimec Electronic Imaging (Stoneham, MA) runs up to 45 fps. The SAPPHIRE S-25A45, based on ON Semiconductor’s VITA 25k image sensor, includes two-directional defect pixel correction. The 25-megapixel CMOS global shutter camera delivers images of 5120 × 5120 pixels. The dual CoaXPress interface of the S-25A45/CXP camera supports the CXP-6 configuration of the standard. It utilizes two standard coaxial cables, each with a maximum transmission rate of 6 Gbps over 60 meters.

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3D Lens

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon, South Korea) has released the NX300 camera, which features a 45-mm F1.8 2D / 3D lens capable of capturing both stills and 1080p Full HD video in 3D quality. The NX300 includes a 20.3 Megapixel APS-CMOS sensor, wide ISO range (ISO100-25600), and Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system. The technology has a 1/6000sec shutter speed and 8.6 fps continuous shooting mode. An 84-mm (3.31") AMOLED screen is also included.

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High-Resolution Cameras

Allied Vision Technologies (Newburyport, MA) has expanded the Prosilica GT camera series with five new high-resolution models from 9.2 to 29 Megapixels. The Prosilica GT4100, featuring a CMV12000 global shutter CMOS sensor from CMOSIS, offers 12.6 Megapixel resolution. It delivers up to 7.5 fps at full resolution. The Prosilica GT4905 and Prosilica GT4907 both include a 16 Megapixel CCD sensor from Truesense Imaging. The fifth model, Prosilica GT6600, outputs 6576 × 4384 pixels at 4 fps. All three Truesense sensors have a vertical overflow drain structure designed to suppress image blooming. The cameras are also equipped with an Fmount as standard.

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Machine Vision System

KEYENCE Corp. (Elmwood Park, NJ) has introduced the CV-X100 Series. New tools include Auto-Teach Inspection, as well as pointand- click measurement. The Auto-Teach Inspection technology automatically makes detections based off of a set of learned “good” parts. High-precision measurements can be done quickly and easily through mouse operations, with no calculations required.

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Infrared Imaging

To aid identification of thermal breakdown problems, FLIR Systems (Wilsonville, OR) has introduced Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX™), a new patentpending technology for its T450SC / 650SC Series IR cameras. MSX adds visible spectrum definition to IR images in real time. FLIR’s technology embosses digital camera detail onto thermal video and stills.

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USB 3.0 Camera

The Lt425 and Lt225 from Lumenera Corporation (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) use USB 3.0 technology to deliver images up to 170 fps. Image captures, complemented by 128 MB of onboard memory, can be synchronized using either a hardware or software trigger. Images are temporarily held within the camera until the host computer is ready to receive them. The camera, measuring 40 × 40 × 53 mm, features 4 mounting points on all 4 sides. The fully locking USB 3.0 cabling and digital interface ensure a plug-and-play installation. No framegrabber is required.

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