A laser range camera capable of providing high-speed three-dimensional images has been developed by researchers at Daimler-Benz Aerospace. "Due to the high-speed electronic shutter system combined with an optical package incorporating laser diodes, the system can provide seven images per second, or ten per second at reduced resolution. It means that it can be used for viewing very fast processes," says Wilfried Schroeder. Unlike other 3D imaging systems, the Daimler-Benz one does not scan the scene being viewed. Instead, it illuminates the complete area with a single beam. This gives the advantage of requiring no moving parts, thereby cutting down on cost and reducing sensitivity to vibration. The camera is likely to find application for object recognition in robotic cells. For more information, call: Dr Wilfried Schroeder, Daimler-Benz Aerospace, at +49-421-539-4942.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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