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Hi, I was wondering what a bare-bones vision system would consist of? Ideally it would just be a camera, a lens, a cable, 12VDC power (unregulated ok?), a serial port or USB port, and a laptop. Maybe software to control the camera? I don't know when a frame grabber is required and when it is not. What are the different communication platforms? Do most cameras work with any platform? Is RS-232 a platform or does another platform run over serial? Could you recommend software that works with most camera models? Video stream vs. an image stream of continuous pictures? Thanks in advance for your time. I would be interested in attending/viewing a Webinar if you know of such a one. Dan

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Rex Lee - CEO/President
Pyramid Imaging, Inc.
dr [dot] lee [at] pyramidimaging.com
(813) 984-0125

Hi Dan, Just getting involved with this industry? You will find that there are many layers to this onion and the more you peel the more you'll find. A rapidly evolving industry with numerous manufacturers developing on an almost continual basis. Some trying to lower the entry costs and some pushing the envelope of what can be done in performance. Lots of cameras that are Firewire, USB, GigE, Cameralink, and now HS link and CoaXpress. Each with "standards" for cabling, communications, etc. So, you've come to the right organization to learn about all of this. But, for "bare bones" I presume you mean lowest cost. All depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If it is to learn about vision systems then one ultra low cost approach is to use OpenCV software (free but could violate patents) along with a web camera. I'd be happy to discuss with you further. Dr.Lee@pyramidimaging.com

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