Farmington Hills, MI--December 27, 1996--Integral Vision's VisionBlox, a state-of-the-art machine vision development software package, captured a prestigious Best-in-Test award presented by Test & Measurement World magazine. VisionBlox is now available as a 32-bit OCX release which runs under Microsoft WindowsNT.
VisionBlox is a set of machine vision software tools that are added into Microsoft's Visual Basic or Visual C++ rapid application development environments. The VisionBlox machine vision custom controls are added into the Visual Basic or C++ toolbar to allow users to begin developing powerful machine vision applications by drawing the object onto the application form. Included in VisionBlox are popular vision algorithms such as blob (connectivity), caliper, feature find (search), and point, in addition to components for multi-axis control. VisionBlox offers complete camera to stage calibration; is vision board independent; interfaces to array, line scan, and digital cameras; and processes both monochrome and color images.
Fundamental to the software's design is the flexibility to integrate a wide variety of component positioning stage configurations with image information. Identifying the location of an object through applying machine vision processes to a camera image are only half of the requirement in an alignment task. Traditional machine vision solutions rely on the user to calculate and send motion commands to complex stage configurations. VisionBlox contains integrated stage calibration and translation calculations which free the user from this laborious task.
Integral Vision engineers have created an image acquisition API that is designed to augment the functions available using Microsoft's foundation classes. In many respects, this API has created a standard in the "unstandard" world of video acquisition. VisionBlox not only allows users to choose from virtually any frame grabber or vision processor, but adds value to this data by letting the user apply dicubic image calibration. Essentially, the image supplied by the camera can be automatically calibrated to remove non-linear aberrations imparted by the camera lens or alignment, and then apply real-world units to this perfect image. When calibrated images are used in applications that use other common machine vision processes, the accuracy of measuring components through non-contact gauging is greatly increased.
For the last six years, Test & Measurement World magazine has presented awards to the top products in the test industry. This year, the Product of the Year awards ceremony will take place at Nepcon West (February 25-27, 1997), in Anaheim, CA. Readers of the magazine can vote for their choice for product of the year by completing the ballot found in Test & Measurement World's December 1996 issue. The winner will be showcased in the magazine's April 1997 issue.
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