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.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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