The AIA Vision Show 2018 – a Review

The Vision Show, organized by the AIA, is North America’s leading machine vision and imaging show. Allied Vision was an exhibitor in both the main hall and the Embedded Vision Pavilion.

Held in the historic city of Boston, Massachusetts, the Vision Show 2018 took place in the Hynes Convention Center from April 10-12, 2018.  The Vision Show is held every two years as it alternates with another AIA exhibition, Automate.  This year’s show had a focus on the hot topic in the machine vision industry, embedded vision.  A dedicated section called the Embedded Vision Pavilion allowed participating exhibitors and other companies to showcase their embedded vision solutions.  We displayed our 1 product line cameras that provide embedded system integrators with advanced image pre-processing and superior image quality.  Through our self-designed system-on-chip (SoC), ALVIUM, various image pre-processing features can be completed in the camera, freeing up processing power on the host board for more important tasks.  During the show, we demonstrated the 1 product line’s multiple region of interest feature with a different image enhancement applied to each of the live image’s four quadrants (as shown in the following video).



In the main hall, we showcased our full line of digital machine vision cameras.  Our visible spectrum and near infrared (NIR) cameras solutions were represented by our Mako, Manta and Prosilica GT camera families.  Our Goldeye SWIR camera represented our short-wave infrared camera solution.  We had two demos in this booth that were quite eye-catching. The first utilized a Goldeye SWIR camera equipped with a bandpass filter which discerned the difference between baking powder, sugar, and natron (see following video). To the naked eye, all three substances look nearly identical. However, by imaging in SWIR wavelengths, users were able to see the differences.  This demonstrated how imaging in the SWIR wavelengths can extend spectral imaging possibilities and solve application challenges.  We also had a demo which provided a comparison between a CCD sensor and CMOS sensor.  Performed with two comparable Manta models, we subjected each to varying exposure times and compared the differences of dynamic range, temporal dark noise and saturation capacity.  The result yielded the CMOS sensor outperformed the CCD sensor in varying lighting conditions.

The show also offered attendees opportunities to listen to keynote speakers, attend numerous sessions, and to enroll in the AIA’s Certified Vision Professional Program. The Vision Show again proved itself as a great event for Allied Vision and the machine vision industry.


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