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USB 3.0 Cameras – How Far Can You Really Go?

USB 3.0 Cameras – How Far Can You Really Go?

Despite all the media coverage around USB 3.0 technology there are still perceptions that USB 3.0 is limited to 3 or 5 meters, which is not the case. Distance of 10, 15 and even 20 meters are possible with USB 3.0 using active cables.

America Back to Work

America Back to Work

The end of summer means back to work for many people. Luckily this fall, the change of season is not the only force bringing people back to the workforce. Recent headlines are filled with feel good stories surrounding a revival of the manufacturing industry in North America. Since its low point in 2010, the manufacturing sector has created 500,000 new jobs. There are a number of factors contributing to this revival in North America.

CMOS Sensor Technologies – Can They Help with Traffic Congestion?

CMOS Sensor Technologies – Can They Help with Traffic Congestion?

Is there a solution to help us all get from point A to B without having to fight our way through congested roads? Although not a new alternative, road tolling is often seen as a suitable option for this complex problem. Tolling has the potential to generate the extra revenue needed to build new road infrastructures, as well as redirect traffic towards under-utilized areas to create a more efficient flow of vehicles and traffic patterns.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Transportation infrastructures incorporate an amazing amount of imaging technology, which can be found in the sophisticated equipment working silently along our roads and highways. Imaging technology has become an integral component of Intelligent Transportation Systems, serving as an extra set of eyes on the road, improving our safety and contributing to a problem-free and pleasant driving experience.

Beautiful Moon

Beautiful Moon

With the summer months ahead, few things are more enticing than the peacefulness of lying on the fresh grass, looking up, contemplating the night sky. One of the elements that I often marvel at is our closest neighbor; the moon, which even to the naked eye, is striking. Perhaps you’re tempted to grab a pair of binoculars or a telescope, to explore the moon’s beauty in closer detail, or discover other distant elements.

A Taste of the Orient

A Taste of the Orient

Last month I had the opportunity to attend the Vision China Exhibition in Shanghai. In addition to sampling wonderful new flavors and experiences, the trip also provided one location where manufacturers from around the world could showcase their latest imaging products.

Color Wonders

Color Wonders

The camera in your system is the gateway to the color wonders of the world. A camera delivering accurate color is no small feat, much less doing so in a reliable and repeatable manner. Cameras from various manufacturers often rely on comparable sensors but this is where the similarities end. Unless purposely designed, cameras will deliver varying color quality even when using the same image sensors. Color quality may even vary between units of the same camera model.

Reading Between the Lines

Reading Between the Lines

Designing a complex machine vision system can be a grueling task. Defining the system objectives, designing an architecture, estimating performance requirements, working out bottlenecks, identifying components and solving interface issues are just a few of the steps required before even starting to tackle system integration.

Looking to the Future

Looking to the Future

The AIA Business Conference was a great event again this year. Various topics of interest to machine vision were discussed including the yearly vision market update and a review of standard activities. The industry is all abuzz with USB 3.0 which is expected to be “big” in the words of the AIA officials.

USB3 Vision in the Sun

USB3 Vision in the Sun

The AIA’s annual business conference is taking place in Orlando this week from February 20th to 22nd. It is an important networking event where industry players forge valuable relationships, learn about industry trends and share thoughts on the direction of the industry. The partnerships formed between industry players and the coordination of efforts are key to the success of the machine vision industry.

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