Common Vision Blox Version 10 is the latest release of this programming library for imaging which now offers full support for the 32-bit version of Windows VISTA. Version 10 also complies with Microsoft's OS design rules for genuine VISTA support, so that the new features and strengthened security it provides can be used in conjunction with Common Vision Blox. The Common Vision Blox installation routines have been fully revised and updated for this release. CVB Version 10 now offers a modern installation procedure that sets new standards in user friendliness. To avoid unnecessary delays when using the installation program, the system's developers felt that it was particularly important to keep any user prompts to an absolute minimum. In addition, no further system restarts are required, even after the installation of the hardware drivers. Once installed, all other system settings can be accessed via the central management console which is another new feature in CVB 10. The compilation of customised installation routines required to transfer proprietary CVB based applications from one machine to another have been simplified, a feature that is particularly useful for system integrators and application companies.
On the way to the 3rd dimension
In the latest version of Common Vision Blox, there is also introduced 3D image processing. The machine vision specialist has extended its range of components in this field by entering into two new partnerships. Firstly, the 3D algorithms of the Spanish software publisher Aqsense have been integrated in the CVB library. What is more, Stemmer Imaging has taken over sales and marketing of AT - Automation Technology's C3 series of 3D cameras in central Europe. Automation Technology makes fast 3D cameras for image processing. Using its own C3 technology, the company develops and produces laser sheet-of-light (triangulation) sensors for the 3D machine vision market that boast maximum measuring speeds and resolutions.
The high-speed AT C3-2350 camera has a resolution of 2352x1728 pixels
For example, the latest model in the series " the high-speed C3-2350 camera " has a resolution of 2352 x 1728 pixels. At a maximum profile rate of 25kHz it delivers up to 58 million 3D points per second. The integrated high-speed C3 processing pipeline determines the height profile of the surface being measured with a sub-pixel accuracy of 1/16 pixel with no loss in speed. Stemmer Imaging presented its 3D portfolio as a demo system at VISION 2008 in Stuttgart. The test objects past an AT 3D camera on a fast linear drive and were be scanned by a line laser. The information from the camera was then be evaluated by the Aqsense software, resulting in a disparity map that clearly showed in colour any differences between the test specimen and a master specimen.
The cooperation with Automation Technology is targeted in the French, UK and Irish, Polish, Swiss, Austrian and German markets in particular. The Aqsense 3D software solution is already an optional component of Common Vision Blox and is marketed worldwide via the network of CVB distributors.