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.
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
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