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VISION 2018

Published on November 20, 2018

Ice sculpture VISION 2018 The Imaging Source's impressive ice sculpture was just the tip of the iceberg at "VISION 2018". During this year's show, The Imaging Source showcased its latest high-end cameras with Sony Pregius 8.9MP and 12.3MP global-shutter sensors. The cameras are available with a USB 3.1 interface or, for the first time, with the new ix Industrial® Ethernet interface. The ix Industrial® interface is the smaller, more robust, active-locking alternative to RJ45 and offers high shock and vibration resistance - making it better-suited to industrial environments.

VISION's top trends included embedded vision as well as Deep Learning which were reflected in The Imaging Source's booth demos. Via stereo estimation (accomplished with IC 3D and DFK 33GP1300 cameras) and deep-learning-based object detection (HALCON), The Imaging Source's demo combined real-time human detection and distance information extraction to estimate mean distance.

The right camera for the task at hand: the newest cameras and lenses at <strong>VISION 2018.</strong>

The continued growth of the machine vision market was apparent in VISION's record-setting visitor numbers: over 11,000 visitors attended this year's show - an increase of 14 percentage points over the last event in 2016.

Many thanks to everyone for a successful show!

HALCON 18.11 Steady - The HALCON 13 Successor

Published on October 30, 2018

HALCON 18.11 In a few days, the next HALCON release - HALCON 18.11 - will arrive. It will be officially introduced at VISION 2018 and, amongst other things, will include new AI technologies, specifically from the fields of deep learning and Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs).

HALCON 18.11 will be available in two editions: Steady and Progress. While the latter is available as a subscription with a six-month release cycle, the Steady edition - as successor of HALCON 13 - is offered for regular purchase. A detailed comparison between the two editions is available in the software section:

Special Offer - 20% Discount on the First Year

To celebrate the release of HALCON 18.11, we will run an upgrade campaign between November 30 and December 17, 2018.

During the campaign, customers receive a 20% discount on all HALCON 18.11 Steady SDK products, as well as a 20% discount on the first year of all new HALCON Progress subscriptions. If customers purchase a HALCON 18.11 Steady SDK or SDK upgrade and simultaneously purchase a new HALCON Progress subscription, they will even receive a 50% discount on the first year of these new HALCON Progress subscriptions.

To take advantage of the special discounted price, please contact our pre-sales engineers. They will send you a quotation for your specific requirements.

Feature Preview

With HALCON 18.11, object or error classes trained with deep learning can now be segmented pixel-precisely. HALCON 18.11 also introduces deep-learning-based object detection, which allows customers to localize trained object or error classes in an image.

The new data structure "dictionaries" opens up various new ways to work with complex data. For example, this allows bundling various complex data types, images, regions and parameters into a single dictionary, making it easier to structure programs.

Argo Corp at Int'l Technical Exhibition on Image Technology and Equipment 2018

Published on October 29, 2018

From December 5-7, The Imaging Source's Japanese reseller Argo Corp. will be attending the International Technical Exhibition on Image Technology and Equipment 2018 (Pacifico Yokohama: Hall D, booth 37) to showcase some of The Imaging Source's latest developments: new high-end cameras with Sony Pregius 8.8 MP and 12.3 MP global-shutter sensors available with the USB 3.1 (gen. 1) interface or models with the new ix Industrial® Ethernet interface. The ix Industrial® interface is a smaller, more robust, active-locking alternative to RJ45 which offers high shock and vibration resistance. Additionally, demos featuring IC3D and the newest zoom and autofocus cameras will be on display in connention with the theme "Next Generation Logistics".

Argo and The Imaging Source invite you to take a closer look at our products and discuss your needs with the team.

VISION 2018: ix Industrial®, 3D, Embedded Vision and More

Published on September 6, 2018

As the world's leading trade fair for machine vision technology, "VISION 2018" offers an ideal international platform for The Imaging Source (Hall 1, Booth D51) to showcase its latest product developments. High-end cameras with Sony Pregius 8.9MP and 12.3MP global-shutter sensors are now available for the first time with the new ix Industrial® Ethernet interface - the smaller, more robust, active-locking alternative to RJ45 which offers high shock and vibration resistance making it better-suited to industrial environments.

Join us at the world's leading trade fair for machine vision technology, <strong>VISION 2018.</strong>

Building on the success of its zoom and autofocus cameras, The Imaging Source has expanded these product portfolios. The new zoom camera is equipped with a 22x zoom lens and Sony Pregius global-shutter sensor technology (IMX252, 3MP). Rounding out the autofocus portfolio is the extremely light-sensitive Sony STARVIS (IMX178, 6MP) rolling-shutter sensor which offers high resolutions at high speeds (60 fps at full resolution).

In the field of embedded vision, The Imaging Source will showcase its complete embedded solutions and applications based on, among others, NVidia's Tegra Platform.

VISION 2018 will take place from November 6 - 8 at Messe Stuttgart. The booth (Hall 1 Booth D51) will be staffed by technical sales and software experts from our offices in Germany, USA and Asia to answer technical questions and offer advice on the most suitable solutions for your application. Please contact our sales department if you would like trade show passes.

Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition 2018

Published on September 4, 2018

As one of the world's most intensively automated regions, Asia's rapid development as a leader in industrial automation is belied by the expansion of one of its largest automation shows, Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition, into two halls to accommodate larger booths and increasing numbers of exhibitors.

Board-level, zoom and autofocus industrial cameras on display at <strong>Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition 2018</strong>

The Imaging Source and its partners Nevis and Sure Tech exhibited their newest product releases such as the 38 Series cameras featuring the USB 3.1 (gen. 1) Type-C interface and newest Sony Pregius sensors. Booth visitors stopped for the newest cameras but stayed to learn more about IC 3D (using DFK 33UX252 cameras), a flexible stereo camera system which can be used with a variety of industrial cameras from The Imaging Source for a wide range of 3D vision tasks.

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About The Imaging Source

Established in 1990, The Imaging Source is one of the leading manufacturers of industrial cameras, frame grabbers and video converters for production automation, quality assurance, logistics, medicine, science and security.

Our comprehensive range of cameras with USB 3.1, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, GigE interfaces and other innovative machine vision products are renowned for their high quality and ability to meet the performance requirements of demanding applications.

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