Monday, August 20, 2012

News from NI Week

Having spent a few scintillating days in very hot Austin, I thought I’d share with you what I consider the big news: LabVIEW 2012 has support for stereo imaging.
You can read all about it on the NI website, under “3D Imaging with NI LabVIEW,” and there’s some good stuff to take in. In particular, NI has provided some of the math behind stereo and spends some time exploring possible applications.
What’s interesting to me though is how NI seem to be steering clear of line-of-light based 3D for part inspection and instead are pursuing the bin picking and autonomous navigation uses of 3D. Why should this be?
They have a link with Aqsense, so they can offer some tools for 3D part inspection, but was part of the deal an agreement that they wouldn’t compete with the Spanish software house? If so, that was a smart move on the part of Aqsense. What’s your theory?

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