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Vision 2009 to Showcase New Camera Technology

STUTTGART, GERMANY - Vision 2009, a trade fair for machine vision and identification technologies, will again feature new technology this year when it opens its doors at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Center November 3 to 5, 2009. The trade fair will focus, in particular, on digital cameras. As predicted by many experts, Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) cameras are gaining wider acceptance on the market and are making a big impression through innovations.

Visitors to Vision 2009 will be able to see immense advances both in 2-D cameras and line cameras. The latter cameras are becoming increasingly more light-sensitive and faster.

The Institute for Neuro- and Bioinformatics at the University of Lübeck will exhibit a future-oriented product during Vision 2009. As part of the EU-funded ARTTS Project, the researchers will present the latest generation of time-of-flight (TOF) cameras: they include the world’s smallest TOF camera because it only measures 4 by 4 by 4 centimeters and no longer requires a separate power supply. This task is performed by the USB connector. TOF cameras not only supply information on both the appearance and three-dimensional shape of objects. They transmit infrared light and measure how long the light reflected by the object takes to return to the camera. A combination with a high-resolution HDTV colour sensor will also be presented at Vision this year. TOP cameras are used in the safety shut-off of industrial robots, but also to detect objects and people.

The 22nd International Trade Fair for Machine Vision and Identification Technologies will not only feature cameras, but also sensors, frame grabbers, LEDs and complete systems geared towards user-oriented problem solutions. These exhibits will include 3-D machine vision systems for the main group of customers, the mechanical engineering, car and electrical/electronic industries, as well as applications from the large number of non-industrial sectors. The trade fair managers are more than satisfied with the number of registrations received to date: “We therefore have high hopes that the previous year’s figure of 290 exhibitors will again be equalled,” says Florian Niethammer, Vision project manager.

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