In a move aimed to simplify setup of complex systems, Sony Electronics and National Instruments teamed up to link the Sony XCI-SX1 Smart Camera and NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection (AI) software, letting engineers configure, benchmark and deploy complete machine vision applications without any programming.
“Using a combination of tools from Sony and National Instruments gives engineers a better solution for identifying objects, inspecting packaging and verifying assembly,” said Ken LaMarca, general manager for visual imaging products at Sony.
The Sony XCI-SX1 Smart Camera integrates what used to require a PC, image acquisition board and charge-coupled device (CCD) into its camera. Teamed with NI Vision Builder AI software, it gives system integrators and end users the ability to create high-performance systems that address specific needs across a broad spectrum of industries and applications. The camera uses Sony’s 1/2-inch SXGA Progressive Scan B&W CCD, and operates at 15 fps at SXGA resolution and 34 fps at VGA.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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