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Software Unites Vision and Robotics

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Carlton Heard, National Instruments

Vision technology gives robots the ability to see, and today’s software enables robots to pick up more details, opening the door to an extremely wide range of applications. For decades, vision has been making its way into industrial automation applications, with one of the most common uses being vision-guided robotics, especially in areas such as assembly and materials handling. The process is not new, but it is growing: The need to increase productivity and quality in manufacturing is driving the adoption of more and more robotic systems. A key factor to this growth has been...Read full article

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    Published: April 2013
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    machine vision
    Machine vision, also known as computer vision or computer sight, refers to the technology that enables machines, typically computers, to interpret and understand visual information from the world, much like the human visual system. It involves the development and application of algorithms and systems that allow machines to acquire, process, analyze, and make decisions based on visual data. Key aspects of machine vision include: Image acquisition: Machine vision systems use various...
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    vision
    The processes in which luminous energy incident on the eye is perceived and evaluated.
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