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Reflections on glass making

Greg Blackman explores some novel ways of imaging glass, including a 3D technique to measure the flatness of glass panels

Life in the smart lane

Matthew Dale discovers how emerging imaging technologies could make our roads safer and help manage congestion

Food for thought

The agri-food industry is on the verge of a revolution thanks to advances in precision farming. Machine vision plays a crucial role in these advances, as Keely Portway finds out

Good vibrations

Greg Blackman reports on the latest lens technology presented during Vision Stuttgart, including optics designed to withstand shock

Life through a lens

Matthew Dale discovers embedded processing and new CMOS technology are bringing advances to medical and life science imaging

Delivering on e-commerce

Warehouses are becoming highly automated facilities that rely to a large extent on vision, as Andrew Williams discovers

Spectral inspection

Greg Blackman on how advances in lighting, optics, and sensor technology are turning hyperspectral imaging into an industrial inspection tool

Turning Grand Theft Auto into a deep learning dataset

A group at the University of Bologna is trying to make images from Grand Theft Auto more realistic so that they can act as training data for neural networks. Greg Blackman listens to Pierluigi Zama Ramirez’s presentation at the European Machine Vision Forum in Bologna in September

Old hands, fresh ideas

Greg Blackman speaks to Torsten Wiesinger at Lucid Vision Labs, one of the newest industrial camera manufacturers on the block

Vorsprung durch photonik

Machine vision technology is improving quality control in automotive manufacturing, writes Andrew Williams

Eyes on the aisle

A combination of vision, sensor and deep learning technologies are creating extraordinary developments in retail, writes Matthew Dale

Date with data

Andrew Williams asks how manufacturers can make better use of their machine vision data

Vision of the future

Keely Portway on some of the key factors that could have an impact on the way the machine vision world does business

Best practice for buyouts

Greg Blackman reports from the European Machine Vision Association’s business conference, where a panel of industry experts were gathered to give advice on navigating the acquisition process

Ties that bind

Matthew Wasley, knowledge transfer manager of photonics at Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network, says support is at hand for businesses wanting to collaborate

East meets west

Following the 20th China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE) in September, secretary general Eric Yang, and Derek Deng, international marketing executive, comment on connecting European and Chinese firms

The engine in engineering

David Dechow, at Integro Technologies, discusses vision system integration, a discipline that remains as strong as ever as new imaging technologies become more readily available

Best of bin picking at Automatica

Robot bin picking has been worked on for a number of years, and while it has been shown to be possible it’s only now that the technology is coming to fruition. Greg Blackman looks at what was on display at Automatica

Damir Dolar

Damir Dolar, managing director of Croatian firm Smartek Vision, spoke at the European Machine Vision Association’s business conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in June. Here, he gives his view on the European industrial imaging market

Foundation built on FPGAs

Active Silicon turns 30 in September. Greg Blackman speaks to founder Colin Pearce (below) on building the company and the importance of FPGA technology

Body image

Keely Portway looks at some of the miniature imaging technology used in endoscopes

Seeing beneath the surface

Matthew Dale discovers that polarised imaging could soon see a surge in uptake in industrial inspection, thanks to a new sensor from Sony

Colloidal quantum dot sensor to disrupt SWIR imaging market

Spin-out firm SWIR Vision Systems is to commercialise colloidal quantum dot infrared sensors, which, the company says, could displace InGaAs technology. Dr Ethan Klem, Allan Hilton, and George Wildeman from the company discuss the performance, fabrication, and cost trade-offs of CQD sensors versus InGaAs

Data-driven business models inspired by 3D vision

Data is now a fiercely guarded asset for most companies and, as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, Framos’ Dr Christopher Scheubel discusses potential new business models based on 3D vision data, following a talk he gave at the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara this week

The science behind sport

In the run up to the Fifa World Cup, Greg Blackman examines how video analysis is used to improve the performance of top athletes

Well-oiled machine

Keely Portway looks at the changing relationship between human and robot in industrial environments, and the latest vision innovations involved in bringing them together

Reusing code in embedded vision applications

Migrating software code from a PC to an embedded system to run vision applications presents various challenges. Following a presentation he gave at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany last week, Frank Karstens, field application engineer at Basler, gives his advice on the task

News from VDMA Machine Vision

Anne Wendel, director of VDMA Machine Vision, reports from the joint VDMA and Vision CEO roundtable event at the beginning of February

Powering surveillance

Matthew Dale explores new algorithms, processing boards and interfaces for viewing images, all for improving airborne surveillance

Scanning the skies

Andrew Williams finds that 3D scanning systems that can pinpoint dents and imperfections on aircraft body panels are being welcomed by aviation businesses to replace manual inspection

Imaging on the edge

Greg Blackman visited the Embedded World conference and exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, at the end of February to find vision in abundance

AI for industry

Michał Czardybon, general manager at Adaptive Vision, gives his view on how to make the most of deep learning in industrial vision

News from VDMA Machine Vision, UKIVA and EMVA

Chinese automation from Anne Wendel, director of VDMA Machine Vision; Paul Wilson talks about self-driving delivery robots at the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference; and Thomas Lübkemeier updates on the EMVA's events calendar

Global shutter for ADAS

Cliff Cheng, senior director of automotive marketing at OmniVision Technologies, details its latest global shutter sensor for industrial and automotive imaging

Comparing CMOS performance

Albert Theuwissen, founder of Harvest Imaging, outlines a project to classify performance characteristics of CMOS image sensors

Maximising multispectral

After presenting at Image Sensors Europe in London, Dr Piet De Moor, senior business development manager, imagers at Imec, discusses a multispectral time delay and integration image sensor based on CCD-in-CMOS technology

Strides made in polarisation sensors

Harald Neubauer, Jürgen Ernst and Dr Michael Schöberl at Fraunhofer IIS describe the team’s prototype polarisation camera, Polka2, which was presented at Image Sensors Europe in London in March

Tracking traffic

Andrew Williams explores the latest imaging technologies for traffic monitoring, including how AI could be used to make sense of all that data

Super-positioned cameras

Greg Blackman looks at novel imaging devices based on quantum science, and finds that the technology is closer to commercialisation than first expected

Shining a light on lenses

Stemmer Imaging’s series of technology days included talks from various lens manufacturers. Here, we round up some of what was discussed at the event

Imaging at super resolution

Greg Blackman explores the latest advances made in scientific CMOS sensors and asks whether CCDs still have a place in life science imaging

Inspired by nature

Matthew Dale investigates a new class of highly-efficient image sensor that’s just starting to find its way onto the commercial market, all based on the principles of biological sight

View from the East

Greg Blackman charts the meteoric rise of Chinese firm Hikvision, one of the top suppliers of video surveillance equipment that has now turned its sights on industrial vision

Virtual viewpoint

Rob Ashwell finds that logistics, healthcare and research are turning to consumer imaging systems for their needs

Teaching machines new tricks

Artificial intelligence seems to be sweeping the world and neural networks are now starting to find their way into the industrial imaging market. Greg Blackman investigates 

Wilhelm Stemmer

Wilhelm Stemmer, who has recently retired and sold his shares in Stemmer Imaging, the company he founded 30 years ago

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