Articles: Electronics & Computers
Reducing Interconnection Weight in Autosports

In Formula 1 and other autosports, weight reduction is critical to competitive advantage. A few grams saved here and a few more saved there can add up to significant savings. There is also a move...

Articles: Transportation
SAE 2015 World Congress Preview

The SAE World Congress, presented by SAE International, assembles the best talent in the automotive industry. Experts, management teams, engineers, and executives gather to collaborate and address current...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
PLC-Based Robotic Controls Versus OEM Robotic Controls

As more manufacturing facilities and distribution centers discover the benefits of robotic material handling solutions, the decision of how best to control the robot must be made. While...

Emily Wilson developed a miniaturized laser heterodyne radiometer (mini-LHR) to measure the emissions of carbon dioxide and methane from melting permafrost. Wilson’s...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Autonomous Robots Keep Warehouse Running Green

YLOG, a startup company in Austria, uses an intelligent and very environmentally friendly logistics system that is winning an increasing number of customers. The technology makes use of...

Reverse engineering and inspection software
Verisurf Software
Anaheim, CA
714-970-1683
www.verisurf.com

In spaceflight, the first eight...

Instron, Norwood, MA, introduced the AVE 2 strain measurement system that conforms to testing standards such as ISO 527, ASTM D3039, and ASTM D638. The video extensometer utilizes patented measurement...

Products: Imaging
CMOS Smart Camera

VC F series intelligent cameras from Vision Components (Ettlingen, Germany) provide a 4 x 1 GHz computing power. Equipped with a programmable GPU, the systems use the VC Linux operating system. The cameras feature either...

Products: Imaging
Thermal Camera

FLIR Systems (Wilsonville, OR) has announced the release of the GF343 optical gas imaging camera. The device detects and visualizes carbon dioxide (CO2) leaks, while equipment is still online in the course of normal...

Products: Imaging
CMOS Camera

Allied Vision Technologies (Stadtroda, Germany) offers three new Mako camera models. The Mako G-030, featuring the CMOSIS CMV300 CMOS sensor, delivers VGA resolution at frame rates up to 300 fps. The Mako G-050 contains Sony’s...

Products: Imaging
USB 3.0 Camera

New 10 MP industrial cameras from The Imaging Source (Charlotte, NC/Bremen, Germany) ship with the Aptina MT9J003 sensor and a USB 3.0 interface. The industrial housing includes a C/CS lens mount and I/Os. More than 10 image...

Products: Imaging
CMOS Camera

Thunderbolt™ technology cameras from Ximea (Münster, Germany) feature sensors from Sony (IMX174) and CMOSIS (CMV20000). The cameras provide direct access to computer memory at 10 and 20 Gbit/s respectively.

Products: Imaging
High-Speed Camera

Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) has introduced the Phantom® Miro® C-Series. The 73 × 73 × 72 mm cameras withstand shocks of 170G and vibration of 17 grms. Comprising two models, the Phantom Miro C210J...

Products: Imaging
Vision Sensors

Baumer (Southington, CT) has expanded its VeriSens XC series vision sensor portfolio to include models capable of color identification and inspection. Color FEX, a new, intelligent feature for setup of 3D color identification...

Products: Imaging
Thermal Camera

Sierra-Olympic Technologies (Hood River, OR) has introduced the Viento 640 thermal imaging camera. The imager features a 640 × 480 × 17 μm uncooled vanadium oxide FPA in a 30 Hz or 9 Hz version. Customers are not required...

Articles: Motion Control
Products of Tomorrow: March 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft...

Articles: Test & Measurement
Smart-Grid-Ready Instrumentation

The term “smart grid” is an umbrella term used to refer to new technologies that aim to address today’s electrical power grid challenges. At a high level, these technologies address challenges...

NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Vision Algorithms Catch Defects in Screen Displays
NASA Technology

NASA has sent more than a few robotic missions into space, but it never loses sight of its goal to enable human exploration of the cosmos. A core component of planning for...

Rice University scientists have developed a two-­dimensional, atom­-thick, light-­sensitive material called CIS, a single­-layer matrix of copper, indium, and...

Visual Flight Rules (VFR) define a minimum of clear weather conditions under which a pilot can operate an aircraft using visual cues, such as the horizon and buildings. Under...

Articles: Imaging
The Hubble Space Telescope

On April 24, 1990, something happened that forever altered mankind’s view of the universe. It was on that day that the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Podcasts: Imaging
Interview with Jim Odom, Hubble Project Manager 1983-1986

Jim Odom served as project manager on the Hubble Space Telescope from 1983 to 1986. As the world celebrates Hubble’s 25th anniversary, Mr. Odom shared some of his experiences on the project.

Over the last 25 years, some of the sophisticated technology developed for the HST has been successfully spun off and commercialized to improve life on Earth.

Articles: Photonics/Optics
Customizing Visual 3D Optical Coatings

There are many ways to coat an optic and optimize the coating for a specific application, some more interesting than others. But any thin film coating process requires raw materials, coating...

A geologist by training, Carolyn Parcheta had an idea in July of 2013 to develop a robot that explores and measures the shape of volcanic fissures. She...

SSL 1300 commercial satellite bus
Space Systems/Loral
Palo Alto, CA
650-852-4000
www.sslmda.com

NASA continues to advance the journey to Mars through...

Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Data Recorders Prepare Orion for Splashdown Test
Data recorders and software
Diversified Technical Systems (DTS)
Seal Beach, CA
562-493-0158
www.dtsweb.com

It’s no simple task to travel 3,600 miles into space,...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Vision System Aids 560-Mile Piloted Drive

Audi completed a long-distance test drive of its Audi A7 Sportback semi-autonomous concept vehicle, finishing the journey at the International CES 2015 consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. The...

Application Briefs: Software
3D Volumetric Display Technology

The United States government spends a lot of money on its defense programs, investing in the training and technology necessary to arm and prepare the most advanced fighting force on the planet. The price tag...

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