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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

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

Powering surveillance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comparing CMOS performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bridge to an embedded world

Jochem Herrmann, EMVA president and chief scientist at Adimec, on standardising for embedded vision, which could potentially infiltrate manufacturing in a big way

Keeping Up With Consolidation

Pierre Cambou, imaging activity leader at Yole Développement, analyses the merger and acquisition landscape for machine vision

The changing face of vision

Embedded vision, deep learning, and Industry 4.0 could all have a big impact on the machine vision sector in the future. Three experts give their opinions

Eyes on the East

Andrew Williams explores the production and automation markets in China, India and other fast-growing nations

Cooperation matters

Following a successful European Machine Vision Forum, which brought together representatives from industry and research, Professor Bernd Jähne at the HCI, Heidelberg University and a board member of the European Machine Vision Association, argues collaboration between industry and academia is now more important than ever

Coming full circle

Greg Blackman looks back at what the UK vision industry was like 25 years ago, when the UK Industrial Vision Association was founded

Q&A: Boaz Arad

Boaz Arad, a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Computational Vision Lab, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and winner of the EMVA Young Professional Award 2017

Disaster averted

Matthew Dale explores how thermal imaging can be used to avoid machine failure and emergency maintenance in industrial environments

Contrast is king

Greg Blackman finds that advances in LEDs and greater illumination control are furthering machine vision lighting

Algorithms made to measure

Greg Blackman speaks to Guy Lavi at Israeli firm Volume Elements, a company that specialises in developing vision algorithms

Europe works

Anne Wendel, director of the VDMA Machine Vision group, discusses the VDMA’s new campaign promoting the EU called Europe Works

Stores turn vision analytics into sales

Retailers are using complex vision analytics to track shoppers, from entering a store to the point of purchase. RetailNext’s Mark Jamtgaard spoke at the Embedded Vision Summit about an embedded system for just such a purpose. Greg Blackman reports

Vision on a different scale

Embedded processing is opening up a huge market for imaging, a market that machine vision suppliers are trying to tap into. Greg Blackman attended the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara, where Allied Vision launched its new camera platform

High-tech harvesting

The harvesting process could be on the verge of a complete overhaul thanks to machine vision, finds Matthew Dale

Sights on 3D

Cognex has strengthened its position in 3D vision with a number of recent company acquisitions in the area, as Greg Blackman discovers

Do you speak neural network?

Neural networks will be the common language of the future for computer vision, according to Professor Jitendra Malik from UC Berkeley. Greg Blackman listened to his keynote at the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara

News from VDMA

Embedded vision was one of the major trends at the 2016 Vision show in Stuttgart, writes Anne Wendel. For the classical machine vision industry, it seems to be the new hot topic, but how does the other side, the embedded community, view vision technology?

Connected cities

Urban areas are being transformed by the Internet of Things and other information and communication technologies. Andrew Williams looks at how digital security cameras will fit into these smart cities

Turning systems into solutions

Matthew Dale explores the art of vision integration, including system design methods and how new standards will help integrators and end-users alike

Staying on the rails

Matthew Dale finds that optical inspection techniques are improving upkeep and the running of rail networks

Cut from a different cloth

Greg Blackman looks at the intricacies of inspecting fabrics, a market that offers big returns on investment for an automated vision system if it can deal with product variation

Gift of Sight

Rob Ashwell on the advances being made in robot guidance, from the rise of robotics in warehouses to lighting control for robot-vision systems

Gareth Powell

Gareth Powell, marketing manager for the high performance imaging division at e2v

Forward-looking factories

Greg Blackman gets to the bottom of Industry 4.0, and asks how machine vision will fit into the factories of the future

Trash Talk

Recycling is becoming big business, and hyperspectral cameras are exactly the right tool to help sort the growing volumes of waste, as Matthew Dale discovers

Capturing the thought process

Rob Ashwell looks at the advances being made in scientific image sensors and how these are furthering our understanding of the brain

Intelligent Illumination

Smart Vision Lights has built its company, originally from designing custom illumination, as Greg Blackman finds out

Shigeki Masumura

Shigeki Masumura, president and CEO of Machine Vision Lighting, and winner of the 2016 Vision Award

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