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The smartphone generation

With Image Sensors 2014 approaching, Rachel Berkowitz looks at the debt that industrial cameras owe to mobile phones

All in vein

Securing an intravenous line in a patient can be a painful procedure if the nurse is unable to find a vein. Now, imaging devices are becoming available that use infrared light to make veins easier to locate, as Jessica Rowbury discovers

Lighting up the future

Diversity and flexibility has been key for Lumenera, which is expanding fast after 12 years in business. Tim Gillett reports

Driving road safety

Tom Eddershaw looks at the latest vision technology for monitoring traffic, including systems designed to make cyclists safer on the roads

One billion pixels, one billion stars

From the ESA Gaia mission to survey one billion stars, which is due to launch this month, to photographing the sun, Greg Blackman looks at some of the imaging technology used in astronomy

Special delivery

With Christmas fast approaching, staff at distribution hubs of retailers as well as the postal service will be working exceptionally hard. Tom Eddershaw investigates how machine vision can help automate processing packages at distribution centres to get presents delivered in time for Christmas

Guiding sight

Bin-picking remains a challenge for industrial robots, not least because of the difficulties in locating the object with vision technology, as Jessica Rowbury discovers

Industrial ideas meet consumer needs

Systems developed for applications such as inspecting electronic components are finding their way into sports coverage, real estate, marketing and gaming. Siân Harris finds out why

ITAR under attack

Will reforms to the ITAR lists that control US exports of defence-related technologies make it easier for US companies to export? Greg Blackman investigates

Fighting falsified medicines

Rachel Berkowitz discovers that, to comply with the EU Falsified Medicines Directive, pharmaceutical serialisation and authentication solutions have to be based on machine vision

State of play

What are the key talking points for the vision industry as we move into 2014? We asked a number of industry experts for their views on the current state of the industry and the year ahead

Europe and US under the spotlight

Manufacturing across the globe has been hit hard in recent years and machine vision companies have had to diversify to stay profitable. Three industry bodies - the EMVA, VDMA and AIA - share their views on the current state of the vision market and the important developments taking place in Europe and North America that could ultimately affect vision firms

Caught on camera

Warren Clark charts the 25-year history of Basler, one of the largest camera manufacturers in the industry

Setting standards

The number of machine vision standards available has grown considerably since Camera Link was introduced 13 years ago. We asked those on the various standards committees for an update on their standards

All part of the process

The British Machine Vision Conference is due take place at the beginning of September, an event with machine vision in the title - but, confusingly, focusing on academic algorithm development and computer vision. Greg Blackman asks what industrial image processing can learn from academia

Here comes the sun

Greg Blackman on how infrared and thermal imaging can maximise the efficiency of solar panels

Cameras for customers

Baumer Optronic has been making market-leading camera solutions since 1997, as Warren Clark discovers

Inspect, eat, drink, and be merry

Rob Coppinger looks at the imaging equipment used on food-processing lines, including hyperspectral systems for classifying fruit and veg, and 3D vision for measuring baked goods

Innovation and independence

For more than a quarter of a century, privately-owned Matrix Vision has been an innovator in imaging, as Warren Clark discovers

Imaging in depth

Greg Blackman explains the depth imaging technique, time-of-flight, which is of great interest to car makers as a sensing technology able to detect pedestrians and other obstacles

Imaging on guard

Greg Blackman finds that, in order to make security systems effective with video analytics, image quality is of paramount importance

Driving production

Rob Coppinger sees the advantages of using vision systems for part inspection throughout the automotive supply chain

Flexible solutions

Warren Clark speaks to Intercon 1, a company with 25 years' experience in machine vision cabling

Building a spectral picture

Greg Blackman looks at the technology surrounding spectral imaging, including hyperspectral and multispectral solutions suitable for industrial imaging

Adding a splash of colour

Rob Coppinger investigates what it takes to make an accurate colour reading, from software calibration to the colour sensors used

Grabbing the market

After two decades at the top, Bitflow is still at the cutting edge of frame grabbers, as Warren Clark discovers

Eye on the ball

From generating statistics on Germany's top football matches to helping runners avoid injury, imaging plays an increasingly important role in sport, as Greg Blackman discovers

Lightening the load

Greg Blackman looks at applications of vision technology in the transport sector, from helping load trucks safely to managing the flow of shipping containers into and out of ports

Electric potential

Rob Coppinger looks at the inspection systems found on electronics production lines, both visible and X-ray variants, and finds that, when it comes to manufacturing electronics, throughput is everything

Taking charge: the big sensor debate

Industrial CMOS sensors now offer CCD-like image quality, at least that's what some companies claim. But is this really the case and what does it mean for the machine vision market? Greg Blackman investigates the long-running feud between CMOS and CCD

25 years at the top

After a quarter century in the business, PCO is broadening its appeal beyond the research community, as Warren Clark discovers

Handled with care

Random bin picking holds great potential for automating manufacturing, but it's still incredibly complex. Greg Blackman looks at the vision technology required to guide robots in pick-and-place applications

The killer application

The infrared sensing technology deployed by the military is such that it can now detect gunfire at 500m. Rob Coppinger discovers how imaging equipment is saving lives on the battlefield

Programming with ease

Greg Blackman looks at the options for high-throughput image processing, including FPGAs and multicore processors, and finds out what unites development in all software packages is ease of use

Life blood

Imaging technology is helping diagnose and treat a range of medical conditions, as Warren Clark discovers

25 years at the top

As Stemmer Imaging reaches another milestone, Warren Clark discovers how the company has evolved

Back on track

With new directives proposed in Europe and the US to track pharmaceuticals and medical devices, Greg Blackman explores the surprisingly complex world of product traceability

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