Four new video cameras from Toshiba redefine the term microminiature. The IK-M43H camera's head is 7 mm in diameter--about that of a standard No. 2 pencil. It is the length of a paper clip (42 mm) and has a lens the size of a corn kernel. Other members of this microminiature camera line are the IK-M41A, which boasts a 0.5-inch, 410,000-pixel CCD image sensor; the IK-41A, a high-resolution monochrome camera optimized for pattern recognition; and the IK-TU40A, an ice-cube-size point-of-view camera that can work with a wireless transmitter. Possible applications include: space-sensitive machine vision, medical research, and broadcast equipment. Toshiba America Information Systems: Product Code 4206
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
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