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Point Grey and Cognex Unveil Real-Time 3D Part Alignment Demo at The Vision Show

Richmond, BC, Canada, and Natick, MA, USA - May 17, 2010 - Point Grey, a world leader in the development of advanced digital camera systems, and Cognex® Corporation, a leading machine vision software supplier, will jointly unveil at The Vision Show 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts, a live 3D part alignment demonstration using Cognex’s 3D-Locate™ software and a Point Grey Bumblebee XB3 stereo vision camera.

Cognex 3D-Locate

The demonstration will show how images provided by the Bumblebee XB3 camera are processed by the 3D-Locate software to deliver accurate, real-time, three-dimensional positional information that can be used for vision-guided assembly, logistics, pick-and-place and inspection applications.

The Bumblebee XB3 is a three-sensor FireWire stereo vision camera that is pre-calibrated to correct for lens distortion and image sensor misalignments. In the demonstration, images of machined parts are captured using a pair of the camera’s 1.3 megapixel Sony® EXview HAD CCD’s. The images are streamed at 15 FPS over the 1394b digital interface to the host PC, where Cognex software processes the images to generate real-time 3D position data. The 3D-Locate software uses multiple features found by Cognex’s patented PatMax® geometric pattern matching tool to determine each part’s precise three-dimensional orientation, including parts that are stacked or tilted.

"We are excited to partner with Cognex and be able to visually demonstrate how this unique camera and software combination can provide highly accurate 3D pose information in real time," says Vlad Tucakov, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. “Cognex’s 3D calibration and alignment tools are some of the most robust available, so that users can get exceptional results even under inconsistent, real-world lighting conditions.”

"One of the key advantages of the Bumblebee XB3 is that the camera case is specially designed to protect against mechanical shock and vibration. This helps the camera stay calibrated in a variety of different environments, which minimizes the risk of downtime from having to re-calibrate,” says John Petry, Marketing Manager for Cognex’s Vision Software business unit. “We’ve recently added support for this camera because we see its value in a wide range of industrial applications.”

The Bumblebee XB3 and 3D-Locate demonstration will be shown from May 25th to 27th, 2010 at The Vision Show in the Point Grey booth #219, along with a variety of other live Point Grey product demonstrations. Point Grey has been a member of the Cognex Acquisition Alliance since 2008.


About Point Grey Research, Inc. (www.ptgrey.com)

Point Grey Research, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development of advanced digital camera technology products for machine vision, industrial imaging, and computer vision applications. Based in Richmond, BC, Canada, Point Grey designs, manufactures and distributes IEEE-1394 (FireWire) and USB 2.0 cameras that are known for their excellent quality, performance, and ease of use. A broad range of hardware, software and mechanical engineering skills has allowed Point Grey to successfully bring many innovative and ground-breaking products to market. This drive for innovation has led to many industry firsts, including the first and smallest 1394b digital camera.

Since its founding in January of 1997, the company's approach to product pricing, quality control, and customer service has attracted thousands of customers worldwide, and its organic growth through product sales has enabled the company to expand significantly without any outside investment. Point Grey currently employs more than 90 people worldwide and has a wholly-owned German subsidiary that provides sales and support services to customers in Europe, Africa and Israel. The company also has a strong network of distributors in Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, and Taiwan. For more information, visit www.ptgrey.com.

About Cognex Corporation (www.cognex.com)

Cognex Corporation is the world’s leading provider of vision systems, vision software, vision sensors and surface inspection systems used in manufacturing automation.  Cognex is also a leader in industrial ID readers. Cognex vision helps companies improve product quality, eliminate production errors, lower manufacturing costs, and exceed consumer expectations for high quality products at an affordable price. Cognex serves an international customer base from offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and Latin America, and through a global network of integration and distribution partners. The company is headquartered close to Boston in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.

Media Contact

Point Grey Research, Inc.
Renata Sprencz
Marketing Communications Manager
Email: renata.sprencz@ptgrey.com
Phone: +1.604.242.9937

Cognex Corporation
Annmarie Latta, Gray & Rice Public Relations
Email: alatta@gr2000.com
Phone: +1.617.367.0100 x168



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