OMRON reports that its F500 vision system has found use in medical applications requiring high resolution. Among the products requiring the 1 million to 2 million pixel resolution are scalpels and radioisotope chemotherapy beads. The former need to be clear of burrs and must be sharp. The latter need to be perfectly round. OMRON says its technology allows for higher speed image transfer rates. Other applications beyond medical for high-resolution imaging: inspection of printed circuit boards, plastic bottles for flash, bottle caps for ovality, and automotive parts such as spark plug gaps and bearing assemblies.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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