DÉJÀ VU at VISION 2006
Click for larger image of Digital Air display
The non-industrial show area at VISION 2006 in Stuttgart, Germany, attracted a lot of attention this year. Point Grey Research hosted a special display, featuring the use of Point Grey cameras by customer Digital Air to record visual effects sequences for the soon-to-be-released Tony Scott / Jerry Bruckheimer movie DEJA VU.
Eighty Flea cameras were used to trigger Canon SLRs and simultaneously record an array of identical images for real-time playback of image sequences captured to film. Digital Air demonstrated how they used this system to record visual effects sequences for the movie.
Digital Air also showed off their multiple-camera video recorder and player that was capable of controlling any number of DCAM compliant 1394a or b cameras connected to a PC cluster. This system allowed the user to synchronize the starting and stopping of the cameras, change their parameters, and record or play back multi-camera video sequences.
Visitors were also treated to a real-time shape-from-silhouette 3D reconstruction system using five Point Grey Flea cameras and a player tool that can be used to easily manipulate, visualize and compare sequences of multi-textured geometries generated by the system. One or more sequences are loaded in memory and replayed simultaneously in real-time.
The software controlling each of these systems was developed at INRIA, the cameras are from Point Grey Research, and the applications are being commercialized by Digital Air under its MOVIA® mark (http://www.movia.com).
MVTec Uses Point Grey Cameras for Surveillance
Click for larger image of MVTec 3D Detection System
MVTec Software GmbH, an international manufacturer of software for machine vision used in the semiconductor industry, web inspection, quality control and inspection application, medicine and surveillance, showed how their comprehensive HALCON software library and intetgrated development environment could be used to track people. With the help of two cameras from Point Grey - the Dragonfly®2 and the Flea®2 - the system was used to first identify people's faces by looking for colors, and once identified, calculate real-time height measurement based on the position of the person.
VISION 2006 in Germany draws more visitors from Asia
Point Grey VISION 2006 Booth
VISION 2006, the International Trade Fair for Machine Vision and Identification Technologies, once again confirmed its place as the most important platform for the machine vision industry. Over 5,200 visitors came to Stuttgart between November 7th and 9th, with the proportion of visitors from abroad increasing from 26% in 2005 to 31% this year. A total of 40 countries were represented. The largest visitor groups came from Switzerland, Austria, and France, followed by Asia (one in four foreign visitors), the USA and Australia.
A delegation of 30 members from the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA) came to Stuttgart for the first time to evaluate the European market for machine vision. They gathered information on technical innovations and solutions relating to international standardization. The Japanese delegation also exchanged information with the American machine vision organisation Automated Imaging Association (AIA), and their German colleagues from the Machine Vision Group in the German Engineering Federation (VDMA).
Displays at VISION 2006 primarily presented machine vision components and systems which are used, in particular, for quality assurance in the car industry, the electrical engineering and electronics industry, the aerospace industry and the mechanical engineering industry. Application areas include the inspection of drill holes, weld seams or complete components, as well as the examination of sheet goods such as met-als, foams, textiles or paper. The main topics of interest were standardisation and 3-D machine vision.
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