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EyesOnVision November 2010

EYES ON VISION

THE MAGAZINE FOR INDUSTRIAL IMAGE PROCESSING

NEW CAMERAS 4 VISION 2010 Highlights

EYE ROBOT 6 Seeing with AVT cameras

AVT ON TIMES SQUARE 7 Giant Interactive Billboard

Allied Vision Technologies at VISION 2010 Nine new camera models he Manta, Guppy and Prosilica GX camera families are expanding. Broadened modular concept for more flexibility.

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As always, Allied Vision Technologies will be presenting several new products and exciting application demonstrations at the leading trade show for imaging, VISION in Stuttgart. VISION takes place from November 9th to the 11th, 2010 at the new trade fairgrounds in Stuttgart.

As always, AVT will be presenting several new products and exciting application demonstrations Manta: new models, more flexibility Since May of 2010, the AVT Manta has been successfully stirring up the entry-level market for industrial cameras with Gigabit Ethernet interface. Two new models will premiere at VISION, the Manta G-033 and G-504, which extend the Manta

line at the top and bottom with VGA and 5 megapixel resolution. Moreover, the entire Manta palette has been expanded with new modular concept variations. Smaller, faster, better: beyond Guppy comes Guppy PRO A new wind is blowing in the entry-level FireWire area of AVT as well. The Guppy PRO will soon take its place as little Guppy’s successor. At VISION, six models will be introduced, offering resolution from VGA up to 5 megapixels.

Prosilica GX: New HD sensor and periscope housing The Prosilica GX1920 is equipped with Sony’s fast ICX674 CCD sensor and, thanks to the Quad-Tap sensor technology and Link Aggregation Interface, promises high image rates even at full HD resolution. Just as new to the Prosilica GX family is the new “periscope” housing variation available for all Prosilica GX models. Broadway flair in Stuttgart As in years past, visitors to the

fair expect spectacular demonstrations of real-world applications at the AVT stand. This year, the public will meet the pi4_workerbot. This novel, flexible industrial robot from Berlin’s pi4_robotics is highly capable of learning, and “sees” via Allied Vision Technologies FireWire cameras.

No chance to travel to Stuttgart? Visit our virtual booth! If you are not able to visit the VISION show and experience the AVT booth live, visit our virtual booth and check out our VISIONHighlights in the internet!

A further highlight of this year’s VISION will be the demonstration of an interactive advertising screen that premiered this past June in New York’s Times Square.

Allied Vision Technologies VISION 2010 Neue Messe Stuttgart Hall 4 – Booth D33

alliedvisiontec.com/vision2010


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3 EyesOnVision November 2010

How “Cheap” Can a Camera Be?

Facelift for EyesOnVision VT’s magazine for industrial image processing has new format and layout. Longtime readers of Eyes of Vision probably noticed it at first glance: this special edition of EyesOnVision for the VISION show 2010 is the first with a new look-and-feel. The format has been reduced to make it handier compared to the previous version. Thanks to this “tabloid”-type format, your magazine can be shipped, archived and manipulated more easily. The layout has been significantly freshened up too.

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Multimedia Platform “The first issue of Eyes on Vision dates back to 2003. This magazine has witnessed many developments in the machine vision market”, says Henning Staerk, Senior Director CRM of Allied Vision Technologies. The newsletter may have evolved over the

years, however the time had come for a new concept, according to Staerk. “In the meantime, a monthly electronic newsletter version of EyesOnVision has been created. Besides, this issue will be the first to be available as e-paper on the AVT website. The print version just had to be adapted to its new function as a complementary media within a multimedia platform”. Feedback Welcome! How do you like the new Eyes on Vision? We always welcome the feedback of our readers, whether positive or negative or suggestions for improvement. Just drop us a mail at: info@alliedvisiontec.com. Eyes on Vision Online: On alliedvisiontec.com/newsletter you can subscribe to Eyes on Vision and read previous issues from the archive.

IMPRINT Allied Vison Technologies GmbH is exempt from any inapplicable or erroneous reproduction of contents. Design, specifications and delivery capacity are subject to change. Copyright: All contributions published in EyesOnVision are protected by copyright. All rights, including translations, reserved. Any reproduction (reprint, photocopy, electronic creation and storage, etc.) requires prior written permission by ALLIED VISION TECHNOLOGIES. The publications do not indicate that described solutions, terms, company/product names or trademarks are not subject to industrial property right.

Editor-in-chief: Jean-Philippe Roman Editorial staff: Staff of Allied Vision Technologies Print: Haase-Druck GmbH printed in Germany ALLIED VISION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH Managing Director: Frank Grube Taschenweg 2a D-07646 Stadtroda Phone: +49-36428-677-0 Fax: +49-36428-677-24

DEAR READERS, Good news: after a hard year 2009, our machine vision industry is booming again. Allied Vision Technologies will break another revenue record in 2010. Is that back to “business as usual”? Can we rely on twodigit-growth again in the long term? What we see on the one hand is that the growth potential for digital image processing solutions remains strong. In the industrial inspection area, new applications are found every day and new, non-industrial applications discover the benefits of machine vision – for example in renewable energy production.

NEWS

NEWS

EDITORIAL

EyesOnVision November 2010

AVT Prosilica GX shortlisted for VISION Award 2010 On the other hand, the increasing price pressure in the component market cannot be denied. More and more applications ask for simple, low-cost cameras offering the best possible value for money. That means for AVT as a world leading camera manufacturer that we have to address this growing market segment with specific, highly-competitive products. This is exactly what we do with the Guppy PRO and the extended Manta series that we present at the VISION show in Stuttgart. Today, we offer one of the widest choices of digital cameras with FireWire and GigE Vision interfaces with very attractive price/performance ratios.

he VISION AWARD – “Prize for applied image processing“ – will be conferred for the 18th time for outstanding products or processes. A jury consisting of machine vision experts will decide on the best innovation. The coveted VISION AWARD is worth 5,000 € and will be conferred on November 9, 2010. Allied Vision Technologies’ Prosilica GX has been shortlisted to compete for the VISION Award. This camera model features an innovative Link Aggregation Group Interface (LAG) enabling

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To achieve that, we rely on “design-to-cost” techniques that enable us to reduce costs without compromising quality – for example with the single-board architectures or by carrying over hardware or software modules from existing products into new developments. The AVT brand stands for quality and reliability. The long-term satisfaction of our customers is more important to us than short-term sales deals. How cheap can or must digital cameras be for industrial image processing today? Our answer is: yes to low-cost – no to low-value. Whoever wants to invest in high quality, high performance and a high-level of support for the best price should have a close look at AVT’s new camera models.

More Performance with AVT 64-Bit Software Development Kits

AVT-Sponsored Cornell University Team Wins Robotic Submarine Competition

a maximal bandwidth of up to 240 Mbytes/s complying with the GigE Vision standard. Technical presentation at VISION 2010 Paul Kozik, Product Manager at Allied Vision Technologies Canada Inc., will provide a technical presentation of the LAG technology and its use in AVT cameras at the VISION show in Stuttgart: November 10, 2010 at 11:00 Hall 6 / Booth #6A81

You’ve Got the Power Allied Vision Technologies introduces new Power-over-Ethernet option for Manta GigE cameras at VISION 2010

More performance for imaging systems with AVT cameras. The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY/USA) won the AUVSI/ONR Underwater Vehicle competition in San Diego, CA on July 19, 2010 with their experimental robotic submarine Tachyon. This is the second victory in a row for the Cornell team.

n the occasion of the VISION 2010 trade fair in Stuttgart, Allied Vision Technologies, one of the leading camera manufacturers worldwide, will announce the expansion of its Software Development Kits (SDKs) for 64-Bit Windows operating systems.

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Using the updated versions of the camera interface-independent Universal Package and the Active FirePackage, the latter of which is especially well suited for ActiveX-based application development for 1394 cameras, AVT cameras can now be incorporated into different 64-bit operating systems. Allied Vision Technologies’ high-performance SDKs, which have been optimally adapted to certain tasks and customer specifications as needed, enable the simple integration of AVT FireWire und GigE Vision cameras in Windows-, Linux-, Mac OS- oder QNX-based imaging systems. These software packages are available to AVT camera users at no charge.

The software updates should be complete by the end of November 2010, so that beginning in December 2010, all current AVT SDKs will have been updated. Devotees of the DirectShow programming interface however will need to wait a bit: - the AVT Direct Stream Package update will take place later. “With the comprehensive update of our SDKs that we undertook especi-

ally for the 64-bit version of Windows 7, we are moving with the trend toward 64-bit technology in the imaging industry and making it possible for AVT customers to get maximum performance from their system and from their AVT camera,”, commented Jens Hashagen, Software Product Manager at Allied Vision Technologies.

The competition is co-organized every year by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The goal of this competition is to advance the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) by challenging a new generation of engineers to perform realistic missions in an underwater environment. This event also serves to foster ties between young engineers and the organizations developing AUV technologies. Allied Vision Technologies sponsors the Cornell team and provided the two digital machine vision cameras used in their submarine: An AVT Guppy F-080C

Color CCD Camera for the vehicle's forward vision while an AVT Guppy F-046 Color CCD Camera for the vehicle's downward vision. During the competition, the unmanned underwater vehicles had to autonomously complete a series of tasks. The final run during the international AUVSI competition went nearly perfectly. Tachyon hit the targeted buoy, got both torpedoes into the correct window, and dropped both markers in the proper bins, following pipes and passing over obstacles along the way. In spite of a hydrophones board failure, the team completed enough of the course to earn the first place. “We look forward to applying what we learned this year to the creation of our next vehicle”, says Brian Mittereder, Team leader of the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team. AVTs is proud to sponsor this successful team. Congratulations and good luck for the 2010/11 competition!

n addition to the expected mix of new sensors and modular concept versions, Allied Vision Technologies exhibits at VISION 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany a new optional Power-over-Ethernet version (PoE) of the Manta series which will be available for all models of this camera family.

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With Power over Ethernet, the Gigabit Ethernet interface cable not only carries image data but also supplies the camera with power – as known in the FireWire standard. The obvious benefit is

that an additional power supply is no longer necessary. The camera is connected to the Host-PC with only one cable. The only requirement is that the interface card of the computer supports PoE. PoE-compatible Manta prototypes will be on display on the AVT booth at the VISION show. Power over Ethernet will be available as a Modular Concept option of all Manta cameras in Q1 2011. Depending on their application requirements, customers will have the choice between a

conventional, separate power supply and PoE to operate their Manta camera. “With a wide variety of modular concept versions and especially the new Power over Ethernet option, the Manta offering has been radically enhanced“, says Torsten Freiling, Product Manager at Allied Vision Technologies. “Considering its extremely attractive price positioning, the Manta now offers more than ever an unbeatable price/performance ratio combined with high quality and durability”.


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3 EyesOnVision November 2010

How “Cheap” Can a Camera Be?

Facelift for EyesOnVision VT’s magazine for industrial image processing has new format and layout. Longtime readers of Eyes of Vision probably noticed it at first glance: this special edition of EyesOnVision for the VISION show 2010 is the first with a new look-and-feel. The format has been reduced to make it handier compared to the previous version. Thanks to this “tabloid”-type format, your magazine can be shipped, archived and manipulated more easily. The layout has been significantly freshened up too.

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Multimedia Platform “The first issue of Eyes on Vision dates back to 2003. This magazine has witnessed many developments in the machine vision market”, says Henning Staerk, Senior Director CRM of Allied Vision Technologies. The newsletter may have evolved over the

years, however the time had come for a new concept, according to Staerk. “In the meantime, a monthly electronic newsletter version of EyesOnVision has been created. Besides, this issue will be the first to be available as e-paper on the AVT website. The print version just had to be adapted to its new function as a complementary media within a multimedia platform”. Feedback Welcome! How do you like the new Eyes on Vision? We always welcome the feedback of our readers, whether positive or negative or suggestions for improvement. Just drop us a mail at: info@alliedvisiontec.com. Eyes on Vision Online: On alliedvisiontec.com/newsletter you can subscribe to Eyes on Vision and read previous issues from the archive.

IMPRINT Allied Vison Technologies GmbH is exempt from any inapplicable or erroneous reproduction of contents. Design, specifications and delivery capacity are subject to change. Copyright: All contributions published in EyesOnVision are protected by copyright. All rights, including translations, reserved. Any reproduction (reprint, photocopy, electronic creation and storage, etc.) requires prior written permission by ALLIED VISION TECHNOLOGIES. The publications do not indicate that described solutions, terms, company/product names or trademarks are not subject to industrial property right.

Editor-in-chief: Jean-Philippe Roman Editorial staff: Staff of Allied Vision Technologies Print: Haase-Druck GmbH printed in Germany ALLIED VISION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH Managing Director: Frank Grube Taschenweg 2a D-07646 Stadtroda Phone: +49-36428-677-0 Fax: +49-36428-677-24

DEAR READERS, Good news: after a hard year 2009, our machine vision industry is booming again. Allied Vision Technologies will break another revenue record in 2010. Is that back to “business as usual”? Can we rely on twodigit-growth again in the long term? What we see on the one hand is that the growth potential for digital image processing solutions remains strong. In the industrial inspection area, new applications are found every day and new, non-industrial applications discover the benefits of machine vision – for example in renewable energy production.

NEWS

NEWS

EDITORIAL

EyesOnVision November 2010

AVT Prosilica GX shortlisted for VISION Award 2010 On the other hand, the increasing price pressure in the component market cannot be denied. More and more applications ask for simple, low-cost cameras offering the best possible value for money. That means for AVT as a world leading camera manufacturer that we have to address this growing market segment with specific, highly-competitive products. This is exactly what we do with the Guppy PRO and the extended Manta series that we present at the VISION show in Stuttgart. Today, we offer one of the widest choices of digital cameras with FireWire and GigE Vision interfaces with very attractive price/performance ratios.

he VISION AWARD – “Prize for applied image processing“ – will be conferred for the 18th time for outstanding products or processes. A jury consisting of machine vision experts will decide on the best innovation. The coveted VISION AWARD is worth 5,000 € and will be conferred on November 9, 2010. Allied Vision Technologies’ Prosilica GX has been shortlisted to compete for the VISION Award. This camera model features an innovative Link Aggregation Group Interface (LAG) enabling

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To achieve that, we rely on “design-to-cost” techniques that enable us to reduce costs without compromising quality – for example with the single-board architectures or by carrying over hardware or software modules from existing products into new developments. The AVT brand stands for quality and reliability. The long-term satisfaction of our customers is more important to us than short-term sales deals. How cheap can or must digital cameras be for industrial image processing today? Our answer is: yes to low-cost – no to low-value. Whoever wants to invest in high quality, high performance and a high-level of support for the best price should have a close look at AVT’s new camera models.

More Performance with AVT 64-Bit Software Development Kits

AVT-Sponsored Cornell University Team Wins Robotic Submarine Competition

a maximal bandwidth of up to 240 Mbytes/s complying with the GigE Vision standard. Technical presentation at VISION 2010 Paul Kozik, Product Manager at Allied Vision Technologies Canada Inc., will provide a technical presentation of the LAG technology and its use in AVT cameras at the VISION show in Stuttgart: November 10, 2010 at 11:00 Hall 6 / Booth #6A81

You’ve Got the Power Allied Vision Technologies introduces new Power-over-Ethernet option for Manta GigE cameras at VISION 2010

More performance for imaging systems with AVT cameras. The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY/USA) won the AUVSI/ONR Underwater Vehicle competition in San Diego, CA on July 19, 2010 with their experimental robotic submarine Tachyon. This is the second victory in a row for the Cornell team.

n the occasion of the VISION 2010 trade fair in Stuttgart, Allied Vision Technologies, one of the leading camera manufacturers worldwide, will announce the expansion of its Software Development Kits (SDKs) for 64-Bit Windows operating systems.

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Using the updated versions of the camera interface-independent Universal Package and the Active FirePackage, the latter of which is especially well suited for ActiveX-based application development for 1394 cameras, AVT cameras can now be incorporated into different 64-bit operating systems. Allied Vision Technologies’ high-performance SDKs, which have been optimally adapted to certain tasks and customer specifications as needed, enable the simple integration of AVT FireWire und GigE Vision cameras in Windows-, Linux-, Mac OS- oder QNX-based imaging systems. These software packages are available to AVT camera users at no charge.

The software updates should be complete by the end of November 2010, so that beginning in December 2010, all current AVT SDKs will have been updated. Devotees of the DirectShow programming interface however will need to wait a bit: - the AVT Direct Stream Package update will take place later. “With the comprehensive update of our SDKs that we undertook especi-

ally for the 64-bit version of Windows 7, we are moving with the trend toward 64-bit technology in the imaging industry and making it possible for AVT customers to get maximum performance from their system and from their AVT camera,”, commented Jens Hashagen, Software Product Manager at Allied Vision Technologies.

The competition is co-organized every year by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The goal of this competition is to advance the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) by challenging a new generation of engineers to perform realistic missions in an underwater environment. This event also serves to foster ties between young engineers and the organizations developing AUV technologies. Allied Vision Technologies sponsors the Cornell team and provided the two digital machine vision cameras used in their submarine: An AVT Guppy F-080C

Color CCD Camera for the vehicle's forward vision while an AVT Guppy F-046 Color CCD Camera for the vehicle's downward vision. During the competition, the unmanned underwater vehicles had to autonomously complete a series of tasks. The final run during the international AUVSI competition went nearly perfectly. Tachyon hit the targeted buoy, got both torpedoes into the correct window, and dropped both markers in the proper bins, following pipes and passing over obstacles along the way. In spite of a hydrophones board failure, the team completed enough of the course to earn the first place. “We look forward to applying what we learned this year to the creation of our next vehicle”, says Brian Mittereder, Team leader of the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team. AVTs is proud to sponsor this successful team. Congratulations and good luck for the 2010/11 competition!

n addition to the expected mix of new sensors and modular concept versions, Allied Vision Technologies exhibits at VISION 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany a new optional Power-over-Ethernet version (PoE) of the Manta series which will be available for all models of this camera family.

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With Power over Ethernet, the Gigabit Ethernet interface cable not only carries image data but also supplies the camera with power – as known in the FireWire standard. The obvious benefit is

that an additional power supply is no longer necessary. The camera is connected to the Host-PC with only one cable. The only requirement is that the interface card of the computer supports PoE. PoE-compatible Manta prototypes will be on display on the AVT booth at the VISION show. Power over Ethernet will be available as a Modular Concept option of all Manta cameras in Q1 2011. Depending on their application requirements, customers will have the choice between a

conventional, separate power supply and PoE to operate their Manta camera. “With a wide variety of modular concept versions and especially the new Power over Ethernet option, the Manta offering has been radically enhanced“, says Torsten Freiling, Product Manager at Allied Vision Technologies. “Considering its extremely attractive price positioning, the Manta now offers more than ever an unbeatable price/performance ratio combined with high quality and durability”.


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EyesOnVision November 2010

AVT Manta: More Models, More Choices, More Flexibility

Allied Vision Technologies presents the next generation of its Guppy entry-level camera with FireWire interface. More camera for the money – and in even less space.

Allied Vision Technologies expands its Manta GigE camera family with two new models and modular concept versions. arely a half-year after the introduction of new entrylevel models with GigE Vision interfaces, Allied Vision Technologies has expanded the Manta camera series with two new models, providing more flexibility with optional variations through the AVT modular concept.

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Two new sensor variations: Manta G-033 and G-504 The Manta family has grown with the arrival of two new

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Smaller, Faster, Better: New Guppy PRO from AVT

models at either end of the camera series. The Manta G-033 extends the lower end of the camera family. It comes equipped with the Sony ICX414 sensor. This ½ inch CCD sensor with VGA resolution (0.3 megapixels) stands out from the rest with especially high light sensitivity. At the top end of the Manta series, the new Manta G-504 raises the camera family’s maximum resolution to 5 megapixels. The Manta G-504 comes equipped with the highly sensitive Sony ICX655 Super-HAD CCD sensor. More Flexibility with the AVT Modular Concept

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llied Vision Technologies presents the next generation of its Guppy camera family, the AVT entry-level model with FireWire interface (IEEE1394). The Guppy PRO is even smaller than the Guppy, but stands out thanks to an interface that is twice as fast (IEEE1394b). Small, but oh my! When it was first introduced onto the market, Guppy was already a sensation as one of the smallest cameras for industrial imaging. Its successor, Guppy PRO, beats even Guppy’s very compact dimensions: at 29 x 29 x 29 mm and 80 grams, it is

AVT Expands Prosilica GX Family New 2.82 Megapixel HD model and periscope option added to ground-breaking camera family

exceptionally well-suited for applications where space is tight. Fast IEEE1394b Interface The Guppy PRO models all have a fast IEEE1394b FireWire interface. With up to 800 Mbit/sec, they have double the bandwidth at their disposal for faster image transfer. Thus, Guppy PRO delivers up to 120 fps (frames per second) at VGA resolution, versus the Guppy’s 58 fps. Furthermore, at 14 fps at full resolution, the 5 megapixel version Guppy PRO F-503 is twice as fast as its predecessor model Guppy F-503.

6 Models from VGA up to 5 Megapixels The Guppy PRO is available with 6 different CCD and CMOS sensors, with resolutions from VGA (0.3 megapixels) up to 5 megapixels. All models are available in either monochrome or color versions. Like the Guppy, the Guppy PRO is also equipped with a variety of Allied Vision Guppy PRO F-031 B/C F-032 B/C F-125 B/C F-146 B/C F-201 B/C F-503 B/C

Sensor 1/4" CCD 1/3" CCD 1/3" CCD 1/2" CCD 1/1.8" CCD 1/2.5" CMOS

Technologies Smart Features to optimize image quality even before processing – such as Area of Interest (AOI), Lookup Table, Gain Adjustment, Color Correction, Binning and many more. With its attractive price, the Guppy PRO offers an outstanding price-to-performance ratio in the entry-level FireWire market segment. Resolution VGA (0,3 MPixel) VGA (0,3 MPixel) 1,2 Megapixel 1,4 Megapixel 2 Megapixel 5 Megapixel

Image Rate 120 136 fps 70 80 fps 30 30 fps 15 16 fps 14 14 fps 14 13 fps

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he Prosilica GX family from Allied Vision Technologies welcomes the addition of the GX1920 High Definition camera and the GX-R periscope enclosure option that fits all existing GX models. Flexible Ground-Breaking Performance The Prosilica GX1920 is a fast 2.82 megapixel HD resolution machine vision camera featuring the new Sony ICX674 ExView HAD CCD image sensor. Sony brings its ExView HAD technology previously utilized on lower resolution sensors such as the ICX285 to newer devices like the ICX674 adding higher

Smart features: · ROI (Region of Interest Readout) · Exposure · White balance · Hue, saturation, sharpness (color versions) · Gain · Gamma (0.5) · DSP subregion (selectable ROI for auto features) · Binning · Image hold · StreamBytesPerSecond (easy bandwidth control) · On-board debayering · 3 storable user sets

resolution and fast frame rates to the technology’s existing benefits, which include high sensitivity, near IR response, low noise, anti-blooming and excellent image quality. The GX1920 model is an exciting new addition to the GX family, combining the excellent image quality and sensitivity of the ICX674 with the fast Prosilica GX Dual GigE Link Aggregation interface that outputs 240 MBytes/s of image data and supports frame rates of approximately 40 fps at 2.82 megapixel resolution. The GX-R periscope option brings added flexibility to the Prosilica

For even more flexibility, all Manta models now offer optional housing variations from the AVT modular concept. Among these are, for example, turnedhead versions that allow the camera to be more easily assembled into tight systems. A boardlevel version with no housing is also available. Moreover, in Manta’s modular concept, a white medical design housing will be offered for scientific and medical applications. With eight different sensors and a wide assortment of modular versions, Manta offers a unique selection and flexibility in the entry-level market segment with Gigabit Ethernet interface.

GX with a right angle, periscopetype housing. The GX-R design expands the mechanical compatibility of the GX platform to applications with space constraints, which the bullet style GX could not previously accommodate. All Prosilica GX models are available in the GX-R periscope option.

About the Prosilica GX The Prosilica GX cameras are fast, compact machine vision cameras with a Dual GigE Vision® (Gigabit Ethernet) interface. The GX-Series can be used in single or dual Gigabit Ethernet port configurations, supporting a

sustained data rate of up to 240 MBytes per second. Six models are currently available in monochrome and color version and with GX-R periscope option, ranging from 1 to 8 Megapixel resolution and frame rates up to 112 fps output at 1 Megapixel. The Prosilica GX family features 3-axis Motorized lens control and Video auto-iris for added functionality as well as autoexposure, auto-gain, auto white balance, flexible binning and much more. The breadth of the Prosilica GX and its rich feature set makes this family ideal for a wide range of demanding applications in machine vision and evolving markets such as

Intelligent Traffic Systems and Outdoor Imaging. Additional

modular options such as taped cover glass are also available.


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EyesOnVision November 2010

AVT Manta: More Models, More Choices, More Flexibility

Allied Vision Technologies presents the next generation of its Guppy entry-level camera with FireWire interface. More camera for the money – and in even less space.

Allied Vision Technologies expands its Manta GigE camera family with two new models and modular concept versions. arely a half-year after the introduction of new entrylevel models with GigE Vision interfaces, Allied Vision Technologies has expanded the Manta camera series with two new models, providing more flexibility with optional variations through the AVT modular concept.

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Two new sensor variations: Manta G-033 and G-504 The Manta family has grown with the arrival of two new

PRODUCT

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Smaller, Faster, Better: New Guppy PRO from AVT

models at either end of the camera series. The Manta G-033 extends the lower end of the camera family. It comes equipped with the Sony ICX414 sensor. This ½ inch CCD sensor with VGA resolution (0.3 megapixels) stands out from the rest with especially high light sensitivity. At the top end of the Manta series, the new Manta G-504 raises the camera family’s maximum resolution to 5 megapixels. The Manta G-504 comes equipped with the highly sensitive Sony ICX655 Super-HAD CCD sensor. More Flexibility with the AVT Modular Concept

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llied Vision Technologies presents the next generation of its Guppy camera family, the AVT entry-level model with FireWire interface (IEEE1394). The Guppy PRO is even smaller than the Guppy, but stands out thanks to an interface that is twice as fast (IEEE1394b). Small, but oh my! When it was first introduced onto the market, Guppy was already a sensation as one of the smallest cameras for industrial imaging. Its successor, Guppy PRO, beats even Guppy’s very compact dimensions: at 29 x 29 x 29 mm and 80 grams, it is

AVT Expands Prosilica GX Family New 2.82 Megapixel HD model and periscope option added to ground-breaking camera family

exceptionally well-suited for applications where space is tight. Fast IEEE1394b Interface The Guppy PRO models all have a fast IEEE1394b FireWire interface. With up to 800 Mbit/sec, they have double the bandwidth at their disposal for faster image transfer. Thus, Guppy PRO delivers up to 120 fps (frames per second) at VGA resolution, versus the Guppy’s 58 fps. Furthermore, at 14 fps at full resolution, the 5 megapixel version Guppy PRO F-503 is twice as fast as its predecessor model Guppy F-503.

6 Models from VGA up to 5 Megapixels The Guppy PRO is available with 6 different CCD and CMOS sensors, with resolutions from VGA (0.3 megapixels) up to 5 megapixels. All models are available in either monochrome or color versions. Like the Guppy, the Guppy PRO is also equipped with a variety of Allied Vision Guppy PRO F-031 B/C F-032 B/C F-125 B/C F-146 B/C F-201 B/C F-503 B/C

Sensor 1/4" CCD 1/3" CCD 1/3" CCD 1/2" CCD 1/1.8" CCD 1/2.5" CMOS

Technologies Smart Features to optimize image quality even before processing – such as Area of Interest (AOI), Lookup Table, Gain Adjustment, Color Correction, Binning and many more. With its attractive price, the Guppy PRO offers an outstanding price-to-performance ratio in the entry-level FireWire market segment. Resolution VGA (0,3 MPixel) VGA (0,3 MPixel) 1,2 Megapixel 1,4 Megapixel 2 Megapixel 5 Megapixel

Image Rate 120 136 fps 70 80 fps 30 30 fps 15 16 fps 14 14 fps 14 13 fps

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he Prosilica GX family from Allied Vision Technologies welcomes the addition of the GX1920 High Definition camera and the GX-R periscope enclosure option that fits all existing GX models. Flexible Ground-Breaking Performance The Prosilica GX1920 is a fast 2.82 megapixel HD resolution machine vision camera featuring the new Sony ICX674 ExView HAD CCD image sensor. Sony brings its ExView HAD technology previously utilized on lower resolution sensors such as the ICX285 to newer devices like the ICX674 adding higher

Smart features: · ROI (Region of Interest Readout) · Exposure · White balance · Hue, saturation, sharpness (color versions) · Gain · Gamma (0.5) · DSP subregion (selectable ROI for auto features) · Binning · Image hold · StreamBytesPerSecond (easy bandwidth control) · On-board debayering · 3 storable user sets

resolution and fast frame rates to the technology’s existing benefits, which include high sensitivity, near IR response, low noise, anti-blooming and excellent image quality. The GX1920 model is an exciting new addition to the GX family, combining the excellent image quality and sensitivity of the ICX674 with the fast Prosilica GX Dual GigE Link Aggregation interface that outputs 240 MBytes/s of image data and supports frame rates of approximately 40 fps at 2.82 megapixel resolution. The GX-R periscope option brings added flexibility to the Prosilica

For even more flexibility, all Manta models now offer optional housing variations from the AVT modular concept. Among these are, for example, turnedhead versions that allow the camera to be more easily assembled into tight systems. A boardlevel version with no housing is also available. Moreover, in Manta’s modular concept, a white medical design housing will be offered for scientific and medical applications. With eight different sensors and a wide assortment of modular versions, Manta offers a unique selection and flexibility in the entry-level market segment with Gigabit Ethernet interface.

GX with a right angle, periscopetype housing. The GX-R design expands the mechanical compatibility of the GX platform to applications with space constraints, which the bullet style GX could not previously accommodate. All Prosilica GX models are available in the GX-R periscope option.

About the Prosilica GX The Prosilica GX cameras are fast, compact machine vision cameras with a Dual GigE Vision® (Gigabit Ethernet) interface. The GX-Series can be used in single or dual Gigabit Ethernet port configurations, supporting a

sustained data rate of up to 240 MBytes per second. Six models are currently available in monochrome and color version and with GX-R periscope option, ranging from 1 to 8 Megapixel resolution and frame rates up to 112 fps output at 1 Megapixel. The Prosilica GX family features 3-axis Motorized lens control and Video auto-iris for added functionality as well as autoexposure, auto-gain, auto white balance, flexible binning and much more. The breadth of the Prosilica GX and its rich feature set makes this family ideal for a wide range of demanding applications in machine vision and evolving markets such as

Intelligent Traffic Systems and Outdoor Imaging. Additional

modular options such as taped cover glass are also available.


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The trend of today’s fast-moving economy however lies more along the lines of shorter product life cycles, greater product variety and faster adaptation to new market requirements. More flexibility is the Holy Grail of industrial production. pi4_workerbot: robot with human flexibility pi4_robotics GmbH, a robotics and imaging specialist located in Berlin, Germany, has developed within the framework of the EU-aided research project PiSA (Assembly System Integrated Project) a new type of robot that brings human flexibility to industrial automation. The socalled pi4_workerbot is a compact robot that can take on many simple, unrefined tasks which previously had to be done

New industrial robot pi4_workerbot sees using digital cameras from Allied Vision Technologies.

by humans. The pi4_workerbot has been conceived to learn new tasks or to change from one job to another with little retraining, much like a human colleague. Even though the pi4_workerbot is no humanoid robot, it does possess certain similarities to humans: its size (just under 2 meters / 6’ 6”) and proportions approximate those of a human, so that it needs about as much space as a person. Like a human, it has two highly movable arms, a head and eyes. It has no legs, precluding independent movement, but instead stands with full steering technology on a rolling platform, allowing it to be easily moved from one workstation to the next. The pi4_workerbot does require a power supply at its new workstation; otherwise, it brings everything else along. Thanks to its built-in sensor array (cameras and power sensors built into its arms), the pi4_workerbot can “see” and “feel” what it grasps and manipulates. Thus, it is equipped to take on sensitive joining tasks and to self-monitor the quality of its own work. Up to three eyes for superhuman powers of sight One feature of the pi4_workerbot is its extensive configuration of industrial imaging technology. Depending upon the executi-

on and formulation of tasks, it makes use of up to three digital cameras. For applications requiring spatial perception of the workspace, an optional time-offlight camera is mounted in the middle of the head. For inspection tasks, two additional digital cameras from Allied Vision Technologies with different illumination units can be attached to the head. The cameras in question are area scan cameras with FireWire IEEE1394 interface such as the little AVT Guppy (IEEE 1394a) or the high-performance AVT Stingray (IEEE 1394b). “Due to its flexible conception, for the pi4_workerbot we required not just one particular camera, rather an entire palette

of cameras from which we can find the right one for the customer’s requirements,” explained Engineer Matthias Krinke, Managing Director of pi4_robotics. It is important that cameras can easily be integrated into the system and that the camera can easily be swapped out as needed for a new task. “Allied Vision Technologies’ FireWire digital cameras provide the optimal solution,” Krinke continued. “All of the AVT camera families, with their versatile selections of sensors and functions, can be added to the system with no problem. The FireWire interface, with its integrated power supply, is especially convenient and easy to switch out, allowing for a user-friendly plug-and-play functionality.” The pi4_workerbot is not fixed to a particular interface, however, according to Krinke. For example, digital cameras with Gigabit Ethernet interface can also be integrated. Able to learn and easy to service Crucial to the pi4_workerbot’s flexibility is its intelligent software. pi4_control is a software solution that combines imaging with machine control. Thus, inspection tasks can be programmed especially easily and efficiently, such as having the robot grasp objects and move them within the camera’s field of view to achieve optimal test quality. pi4_robotics and Allied Vision Technologies will be demonstrating a pi4_workerbot application at the AVT Stand at the VISION 2010 show in Stuttgart, where the robot will inspect chrome-plated Peugeot

emblems for an automotive component supplier. The chrome-plated surface generates mirroring effects and light reflections that pose a challenge for testing with machine imaging. Moreover, the complex, angular form of the lion on the emblem requires that the part be turned to capture every edge and surface. Exactly as a human would, the pi4_workerbot holds the product in front of its (camera) eye and moves it to search for surface defects from all sides. The pi4_control software coordinates not only the machine controls and the imaging, but excels as well with an especially simple user surface, thanks to which the pi4_workerbot can be reprogrammed to a new task quickly and without complication, even by trained personnel without extensive robot programming experience. pi4_workerbot frees up humans in industrial fabrication The pi4_workerbot’s potential range of applications is vast. For example, it can execute assembly, testing, or packaging tasks that could not have been automated before and were handled by unskilled workers. Thanks to the pi4_workerbot, such personnel-intensive tasks that for cost reasons would have previously been outsourced to low-wage countries can be kept on location in higher wage countries. Alternately, for workstations that place workers in peril – such as those involving the manipulation of chemicals or laser beams – the pi4_workerbot offers an interesting alternative.

PRACTICE

PRACTICE obots are nothing new in industrial assembly. For example, everyone has heard of the heavy yet highly precise onearmed soldering or painting robots of the auto industry. Such systems take over laborious and repetitive tasks, raising production quality and productivity. Still, most industrial robots have the disadvantantage of being very capital-intensive and reprogrammable only with great effort. For that reason, they are only profitable when used for large serial-capacity production, and they are not particularly known for their flexibility.

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Giant Billboard on Times Square Uses AVT Camera for Interactive Advertising Fashion retailer Forever 21’s new flagship store in New-York City features giant computer vision billboard that interacts with consumers

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he Big Apple is world famous for spectacular, giant advertising billboards illuminating New York City’s never sleeping night. Over the years, a technology that started with simple light bulbs and neon has evolved to complex, sophisticated display technology broadcasting ground breaking video content. The latest innovation in outdoor advertising premiered at the opening of youth fashion retailer Forever 21’s new flagship store this past June, 2010. The facade of the 90,000 sq ft (8,300 m²) store features a giant 60-feet/18 m high digital billboard with up-to-the-minute interactive display technology. Developed by digital agency space150 for Forever 21, the display interacts with passing shoppers and people on the streets below by mixing largerthan-life video footage of fashion models with live images of people passing by or standing in front of the store. Fashion Models Interact With Passers-By Crowds stop to stare in amazement at the new Forever 21 billboard as giant models wearing Forever 21 clothes interact with them in almost near real-time, snapping a Polaroid picture of the crowd and showing the image on screen a second later, or picking up a shopper to drop them into a Forever 21 shopping bag. “Including the audience in the billboard’s content really cat-

developed several spectacular giant screens in Times Square. The screen is 1,380 sq. ft. large (ca. 128 m²) and rises up to 30’/18m high. Highlight of the display is a 21’/6.4m “21”-logo pointing out of the screen, giving the display a 3D effect. Prosilica GX Delivers 63 HD-Images per Second

ches the attention of people walking in front of the store and makes them stop and watch”, explains James Squires, Director of Technology at space150. “That’s not an easy thing to do in Times Square. But the innovative technology, the sheer size of the model towering over the crowd and the real time nature of the content really capture people’s imagination and interest.” Real-time, machine-vision-driven interaction Times Square’s newest display highlight relies on state-of-theart machine vision technology to capture live images of the street, identify people in the crowd and street below and merge images from the live stream with pre-defined overlaid scenarios. Live images are captured by a Prosilica GX1910 high-definition camera from Allied Vision Technologies. The Prosilica GX

is a high-performance professional camera for image-processing applications. Thanks to its double-speed Gigabit Ethernet interface, it is able to deliver high-resolution images at high frame rates. The GX1910 version is equipped with a HD-resolution Kodak sensor offering high sensitivity and image quality. With its special housing optimized for heat dissipation, the Prosilica GX is particularly suited for demanding applications such as outdoor imaging in which the camera’s operating temperature can rise up to 50°C/122°F. The images are transmitted in real time via a Gigabit Ethernet interface to a host server in which they are processed. The live stream is displayed on the screen and analyzed by proprietary software developed by space150. The software identifies real people in the street as opposed to inanimate objects such as streetlights, banks or trashcans. Preset video scenes featuring Forever 21 fashion models are overlaid in the foreground of the live stream. When interaction scenarios are triggered, the software selects a person in the crowd and automatically cuts out the shape of this person from the background (sidewalk) to generate the pickup effect of the model lifting the person in the air. The billboard itself is a hightech LED-display from D3 (Dynamic Digital Displays) a specialist in large-scale outdoor display technology who already

Developing this demanding application, space150 looked for a high-performance digital camera able to deliver high-quality, high-resolution images at high speed and in real time over a long distance. “We faced several challenges”, explains James Squires. “First, we needed high resolution and high data speed because of the live interactivity. Second, because the camera is placed above the screen at a

30 ft/18m height, we needed an interface supporting long cable lengths to bridge the distance between the camera and server. And finally, the camera had to be able to work reliably 24 hours a day in a tough environment with great swings in outdoor temperature.” New to the market, the Prosilica GX1910 from Allied Vision Technologies turned out to be the perfect solution. This highperformance digital camera has been developed for demanding application such as industrial inspection, traffic monitoring, surveillance and robotics. Its

Gigabit Ethernet interface complies with the industrial GigE Vision standard and allows for cable length of up to 100m/330ft, with even longer distance possible using optical fiber connections. The key feature of the Prosilica GX, however, is its double-speed GigE Vision interface using the Link Aggregation Technology. By combining two Ethernet ports, the camera is able to double the bandwidth available with conventional Gigabit Ethernet cameras to up to 240 Mbytes/s, which makes it the fastest GigE Vision compliant camera in the world. This unique feature allows for high-resolution, HDimages to be transmitted at high frame rates of up to 63 images per second, more than twice as much as in a standard video

stream.“We could not risk technology malfunction or failure on such an high profile project. The Prosilica GX was the best choice for this application”, says Squires. “Its HD-resolution delivers the high image quality required for a giant display while its fast GigE-interface guarantees a striking real-time interactivity without delay”. Forever 21 is delighted with the result: "We’ve created a fun and innovative program that engages our customers in a way that reflects our image. We’re pleased to launch this new custom technology on our Times Square billboard,” says Linda Chang, Marketing Director, Forever 21.


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The trend of today’s fast-moving economy however lies more along the lines of shorter product life cycles, greater product variety and faster adaptation to new market requirements. More flexibility is the Holy Grail of industrial production. pi4_workerbot: robot with human flexibility pi4_robotics GmbH, a robotics and imaging specialist located in Berlin, Germany, has developed within the framework of the EU-aided research project PiSA (Assembly System Integrated Project) a new type of robot that brings human flexibility to industrial automation. The socalled pi4_workerbot is a compact robot that can take on many simple, unrefined tasks which previously had to be done

New industrial robot pi4_workerbot sees using digital cameras from Allied Vision Technologies.

by humans. The pi4_workerbot has been conceived to learn new tasks or to change from one job to another with little retraining, much like a human colleague. Even though the pi4_workerbot is no humanoid robot, it does possess certain similarities to humans: its size (just under 2 meters / 6’ 6”) and proportions approximate those of a human, so that it needs about as much space as a person. Like a human, it has two highly movable arms, a head and eyes. It has no legs, precluding independent movement, but instead stands with full steering technology on a rolling platform, allowing it to be easily moved from one workstation to the next. The pi4_workerbot does require a power supply at its new workstation; otherwise, it brings everything else along. Thanks to its built-in sensor array (cameras and power sensors built into its arms), the pi4_workerbot can “see” and “feel” what it grasps and manipulates. Thus, it is equipped to take on sensitive joining tasks and to self-monitor the quality of its own work. Up to three eyes for superhuman powers of sight One feature of the pi4_workerbot is its extensive configuration of industrial imaging technology. Depending upon the executi-

on and formulation of tasks, it makes use of up to three digital cameras. For applications requiring spatial perception of the workspace, an optional time-offlight camera is mounted in the middle of the head. For inspection tasks, two additional digital cameras from Allied Vision Technologies with different illumination units can be attached to the head. The cameras in question are area scan cameras with FireWire IEEE1394 interface such as the little AVT Guppy (IEEE 1394a) or the high-performance AVT Stingray (IEEE 1394b). “Due to its flexible conception, for the pi4_workerbot we required not just one particular camera, rather an entire palette

of cameras from which we can find the right one for the customer’s requirements,” explained Engineer Matthias Krinke, Managing Director of pi4_robotics. It is important that cameras can easily be integrated into the system and that the camera can easily be swapped out as needed for a new task. “Allied Vision Technologies’ FireWire digital cameras provide the optimal solution,” Krinke continued. “All of the AVT camera families, with their versatile selections of sensors and functions, can be added to the system with no problem. The FireWire interface, with its integrated power supply, is especially convenient and easy to switch out, allowing for a user-friendly plug-and-play functionality.” The pi4_workerbot is not fixed to a particular interface, however, according to Krinke. For example, digital cameras with Gigabit Ethernet interface can also be integrated. Able to learn and easy to service Crucial to the pi4_workerbot’s flexibility is its intelligent software. pi4_control is a software solution that combines imaging with machine control. Thus, inspection tasks can be programmed especially easily and efficiently, such as having the robot grasp objects and move them within the camera’s field of view to achieve optimal test quality. pi4_robotics and Allied Vision Technologies will be demonstrating a pi4_workerbot application at the AVT Stand at the VISION 2010 show in Stuttgart, where the robot will inspect chrome-plated Peugeot

emblems for an automotive component supplier. The chrome-plated surface generates mirroring effects and light reflections that pose a challenge for testing with machine imaging. Moreover, the complex, angular form of the lion on the emblem requires that the part be turned to capture every edge and surface. Exactly as a human would, the pi4_workerbot holds the product in front of its (camera) eye and moves it to search for surface defects from all sides. The pi4_control software coordinates not only the machine controls and the imaging, but excels as well with an especially simple user surface, thanks to which the pi4_workerbot can be reprogrammed to a new task quickly and without complication, even by trained personnel without extensive robot programming experience. pi4_workerbot frees up humans in industrial fabrication The pi4_workerbot’s potential range of applications is vast. For example, it can execute assembly, testing, or packaging tasks that could not have been automated before and were handled by unskilled workers. Thanks to the pi4_workerbot, such personnel-intensive tasks that for cost reasons would have previously been outsourced to low-wage countries can be kept on location in higher wage countries. Alternately, for workstations that place workers in peril – such as those involving the manipulation of chemicals or laser beams – the pi4_workerbot offers an interesting alternative.

PRACTICE

PRACTICE obots are nothing new in industrial assembly. For example, everyone has heard of the heavy yet highly precise onearmed soldering or painting robots of the auto industry. Such systems take over laborious and repetitive tasks, raising production quality and productivity. Still, most industrial robots have the disadvantantage of being very capital-intensive and reprogrammable only with great effort. For that reason, they are only profitable when used for large serial-capacity production, and they are not particularly known for their flexibility.

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Eye Robot

EyesOnVision November 2010

Giant Billboard on Times Square Uses AVT Camera for Interactive Advertising Fashion retailer Forever 21’s new flagship store in New-York City features giant computer vision billboard that interacts with consumers

T

he Big Apple is world famous for spectacular, giant advertising billboards illuminating New York City’s never sleeping night. Over the years, a technology that started with simple light bulbs and neon has evolved to complex, sophisticated display technology broadcasting ground breaking video content. The latest innovation in outdoor advertising premiered at the opening of youth fashion retailer Forever 21’s new flagship store this past June, 2010. The facade of the 90,000 sq ft (8,300 m²) store features a giant 60-feet/18 m high digital billboard with up-to-the-minute interactive display technology. Developed by digital agency space150 for Forever 21, the display interacts with passing shoppers and people on the streets below by mixing largerthan-life video footage of fashion models with live images of people passing by or standing in front of the store. Fashion Models Interact With Passers-By Crowds stop to stare in amazement at the new Forever 21 billboard as giant models wearing Forever 21 clothes interact with them in almost near real-time, snapping a Polaroid picture of the crowd and showing the image on screen a second later, or picking up a shopper to drop them into a Forever 21 shopping bag. “Including the audience in the billboard’s content really cat-

developed several spectacular giant screens in Times Square. The screen is 1,380 sq. ft. large (ca. 128 m²) and rises up to 30’/18m high. Highlight of the display is a 21’/6.4m “21”-logo pointing out of the screen, giving the display a 3D effect. Prosilica GX Delivers 63 HD-Images per Second

ches the attention of people walking in front of the store and makes them stop and watch”, explains James Squires, Director of Technology at space150. “That’s not an easy thing to do in Times Square. But the innovative technology, the sheer size of the model towering over the crowd and the real time nature of the content really capture people’s imagination and interest.” Real-time, machine-vision-driven interaction Times Square’s newest display highlight relies on state-of-theart machine vision technology to capture live images of the street, identify people in the crowd and street below and merge images from the live stream with pre-defined overlaid scenarios. Live images are captured by a Prosilica GX1910 high-definition camera from Allied Vision Technologies. The Prosilica GX

is a high-performance professional camera for image-processing applications. Thanks to its double-speed Gigabit Ethernet interface, it is able to deliver high-resolution images at high frame rates. The GX1910 version is equipped with a HD-resolution Kodak sensor offering high sensitivity and image quality. With its special housing optimized for heat dissipation, the Prosilica GX is particularly suited for demanding applications such as outdoor imaging in which the camera’s operating temperature can rise up to 50°C/122°F. The images are transmitted in real time via a Gigabit Ethernet interface to a host server in which they are processed. The live stream is displayed on the screen and analyzed by proprietary software developed by space150. The software identifies real people in the street as opposed to inanimate objects such as streetlights, banks or trashcans. Preset video scenes featuring Forever 21 fashion models are overlaid in the foreground of the live stream. When interaction scenarios are triggered, the software selects a person in the crowd and automatically cuts out the shape of this person from the background (sidewalk) to generate the pickup effect of the model lifting the person in the air. The billboard itself is a hightech LED-display from D3 (Dynamic Digital Displays) a specialist in large-scale outdoor display technology who already

Developing this demanding application, space150 looked for a high-performance digital camera able to deliver high-quality, high-resolution images at high speed and in real time over a long distance. “We faced several challenges”, explains James Squires. “First, we needed high resolution and high data speed because of the live interactivity. Second, because the camera is placed above the screen at a

30 ft/18m height, we needed an interface supporting long cable lengths to bridge the distance between the camera and server. And finally, the camera had to be able to work reliably 24 hours a day in a tough environment with great swings in outdoor temperature.” New to the market, the Prosilica GX1910 from Allied Vision Technologies turned out to be the perfect solution. This highperformance digital camera has been developed for demanding application such as industrial inspection, traffic monitoring, surveillance and robotics. Its

Gigabit Ethernet interface complies with the industrial GigE Vision standard and allows for cable length of up to 100m/330ft, with even longer distance possible using optical fiber connections. The key feature of the Prosilica GX, however, is its double-speed GigE Vision interface using the Link Aggregation Technology. By combining two Ethernet ports, the camera is able to double the bandwidth available with conventional Gigabit Ethernet cameras to up to 240 Mbytes/s, which makes it the fastest GigE Vision compliant camera in the world. This unique feature allows for high-resolution, HDimages to be transmitted at high frame rates of up to 63 images per second, more than twice as much as in a standard video

stream.“We could not risk technology malfunction or failure on such an high profile project. The Prosilica GX was the best choice for this application”, says Squires. “Its HD-resolution delivers the high image quality required for a giant display while its fast GigE-interface guarantees a striking real-time interactivity without delay”. Forever 21 is delighted with the result: "We’ve created a fun and innovative program that engages our customers in a way that reflects our image. We’re pleased to launch this new custom technology on our Times Square billboard,” says Linda Chang, Marketing Director, Forever 21.


Value packed

The Manta is a perfect balance of quality and affordability. Because reducing cost required more than just trimming a little fat, we developed a new, optimized platform featuring a compact cast housing, single board architecture, and our enhanced GigE Vision interface. Which means you don’t have to settle for anything less than a grade-A quality Sony ICX CCD sensor for images up to 2 megapixels, and up to 80 9 to 11 November 2010 Hall 4 - Booth D 33

fps. If your application calls for a rugged, low cost camera, serve up the Manta. Learn more at www.AlliedVisionTec.com/ValuePacked

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