The Imaging Source Opens Office in Germany CHARLOTTE—The Imaging Source, has opened a new sales office in Munich, Germany. After Bremen (Germany), Charlotte (USA) and Taipei (Taiwan), the office in Munich is The Imaging Source’s fourth branch. It is home to The Imaging Source’s direct sales team for Southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Central and Southern Europe. The office is managed by Patrick Gailer, business development manager at The Imaging Source. Patrick brings a profound and comprehensive set of skills, in addition to many years experience in the field of machine vision to The Imaging Source. Rolf Bollhorst, founder of The Imaging Source and managing director said, “We have seen strong growth in the South German and European markets in the past months and have gained a large number of new customers. From a business perspective, it is logical to establish a specialist sales team so that we can offer the best possible customer service in these territories.” The Imaging Source is also increasing their level of support for “Halcon” and other image processing end-user software and SDKs at their new Munich office.In addition, the new office is offering image processing solutions, software consultation, software creation and professional training services. WHITE APPOINTED VP OF INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS AT ISVI CORPORATION OXFORD, CT—ISVI Corporation recently appointed Gerard White as Vice President of International Operations. White joins ISVI Corp. with more than 18 years of experience in the machine vision market, working exclusively for market-leading industrial camera manufacturers.Combining his talents for positive relationship building in differing cultures and expert knowledge of industrial cameras, he will spearhead the development and growth of ISVI Corp. on a global basis. “Gerard brings the technical qualities, market knowledge and leadership skills to ISVI that will allow us to reach a new level of growth and prosperity for our company in the future,” said Brian D’Amico, president of ISVI Corp. “We are very happy to have him on board and are confident of his ability to open up new channels of success for ISVI.” EDMUND OPTICS ANNOUNCES WINNER OF NORMAN EDMUND INSPIRATION AWARD BARRINGTON, NJ—Edmund Optics announced the recipient of the 2013 Norman Edmund Inspiration Award of $5,000 in product donation. Craig Mackay, Professor of Image Science in the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge in the UK, and his research team are building a new instrument for ground-based optical telescopes that will produce higher resolution images than those captured from space telescopes. This new instrument will deliver much higher angular resolution using 5-10 meter class telescopes to deliver diffraction limited imaging in the visible. Using the Lucky Imaging technique, the sharpest images are selected and made even sharper by using a new lower-order curvature wavefront sensor. This works by using an optical assembly that allows simultaneous imaging of near-pupil images on either side of a pupil to reconstruct the wavefront and drive the deformable mirror to deliver the corrections. Mackay and his team have already achieved images about 3 times the angular resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. Their goal is to develop the instrument so that it may be put on the largest telescope in the world - the 10.5 meter GTC on the Canary Islands. “Professor Mackay’s project is a significant evolution in the field of adaptive optics and will help to lower the costs of high resolution imagery considerably by not having to launch equipment into space,” remarked Marisa Edmund, VP of Marketing and Communications. “ Mackay’s research epitomizes what my grandfather, Norman Edmund, loved the most - furthering the exploration of science.” The Norman Edmund Inspiration Award honors the contributions made by Norman Edmund to advance the science of optics.The recipient of the award is chosen from the first-, second-, and third-place prize recipients in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, who best embodies the legacy of Edmund. Mackay is the first-place recipient of 7,000 in EO products in 2013 Higher Education Global Grant Program. ARTEC SCANNERS USED BY HYUNDAI EUROPE TO CREATE, MODIFY AUTOMOBILE SEATS PALO ALTO, CA—Two, different Artec scanners are being used by Hyundai Motor Europe to visualize and modify, as necessary, automobile seats for new cars from Hyundai. The Artec L scanner is used to create a 3D model of a car seat. It is usually scanned from different angles to capture the geometry. The smaller, intricate details of a seat are scanned with the Artec MHT scanner and the data is combined to make a complete, highly precise 3D model of the car seat. Both scanning devices are portable and easy to use which means that they can be taken to different locations. The outcome of the process is very reliable as it is supported by precise measurements of the scanned object for following evaluation. The seat model is measured and compared with a prototype in order to meet quality requirements such as comfort and ergonomics and then its shape or contour is adjusted up to the standard.
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