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MVTec Presents New 3D Methods at AUTOMATICA

MVTec Software GmbH

MVTec will highlight new 3D methods at AUTOMATICAFor the first time, MVTec Software GmbH (Munich, Germany), manufacturer of standard software for machine vision, will showcase a preview of the new version HALCON 10 with live demos at the AUTOMATICA. A further highlight will be the topic “Green Automation”.

World Premiere: New Version of HALCON
HALCON 10 will further advance powerful 3D vision. As a worldwide premiere, MVTec will showcase a live demo running HALCON’s new surface-based 3D matching by a robot application.

HALCON’s new multiview stereo enables to use any number of cameras for 3D reconstruction. For best performance, HALCON 10 will provide an efficient automatic acceleration by optimal usage of computing power of GPUs based on the OpenCL standard. Furthermore, an enhanced multi-core-use will also speed up the entire library in general, even though the library’s memory requirements have been reduced at the same time. Again, the ease of use of HALCON’s IDE was improved.

3D vision becomes a key feature for robotics and automation. The new 3D methods of HALCON 10 open new roads in these markets. HALCON 10 will be launched at 10/10/2010.

HALCON Embedded: A Contribution to Green Automation
With HALCON Embedded, MVTec makes a concrete contribution to Green Automation because HALCON Embedded also provides the entire functionality of the HALCON library on low-current hardware platforms. HALCON conquered the market for smart cameras already a few years ago. World-famous camera manufacturers have chosen HALCON and bundled their devices with MVTec’s high-end software. Because HALCON has a flexible and open architecture, the software can smoothly be ported. Thus, HALCON Embedded runs on totally different hardware platforms. E.g., the software can be used on the Beagle Board or on a mobile phone (such as the Nokia N900).

HALCON Embedded enables the programmer to develop on a PC and to smoothly transfer his program to the device (a smart camera or a proprietary processor). Thus, a development on the respective device is not necessary. Especially in robotics, proprietary platforms are employed. Thus, software must also support other platforms than common PCs.

A sample calculation shows how energy-saving HALCON works: In continuous operation, an exemplary embedded platform needs between 2 and 5 Watts (maximum 10 Watts in extreme cases) mostly including camera power. Thus, a passive cooling without a fan is possible and the device can be employed in clean rooms and hygienic risky areas. A PC needs between 60 and 300 Watts, depending on the generation, not including the energy for cameras and frame grabbers. Even when calculating the accumulated power consumption of the processor for a given task, all in all the embedded platform saves a lot of energy compared to a PC. Moreover, a typical embedded platform does not even need a monitor. In this case, again about 50 Watts can be saved. 

MVTec at the AUTOMATICA 2010: hall B2, booth 204

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