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UAV roundup 6/19: The latest in unmanned aerial vehicle news

Jun 19, 2015 In this edition of the UAV roundup, learn more about some authorizations the FAA granted to the six UAS test sites, a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on drones, a UAV operator using his vehicle twice to save people, drones at the U.S. open, and the latest Section 333 ex...

UAV roundup 5/22: The latest in unmanned aerial vehicle news

May 22, 2015

Much is going in the world of unmanned aerial vehicles, or, UAVs. This includes the FAA’s new Pathfinder program, which involves the use of UAVs beyond an operator’s line of sight, as well as the AUVSI reaction to the rule, and some of the latest UAV headlines and applications.

Fake alien identified with image processing algorithm

May 21, 2015

Learn about how an image processing algorithm was used help to prove that an image of alien from the Roswell Crash of 1947 was actually a mummified two-year-old boy.

Wanted: Your input on industry survey

May 11, 2015 Help us help you.The Vision Systems Design team is currently in the process of developing an industry survey that aims to identify some of the main hurdles that systems integrators and engineers may encounter when it comes to the design, implementation, and maintenance of imaging systems. What ty...

Sony finally comments on CCD image sensor discontinuation news

May 1, 2015

Months back, news began to surface suggesting that Sony would discontinue its line of CCD image sensors. So, with Sony finally commenting on the matter, what is the official word?

UAV roundup 4/24: The latest in unmanned aerial vehicle news

Apr 24, 2015

Read all about the latest developments in the world of UAVs, including a new, expedited approval process from the FAA, and the latest on Amazon's plans for a UAV-based delivery service.

Surveillance cameras play increased role for Boston Marathon security

Apr 20, 2015

Learn more about the additional security measures that are being taken for the Boston Maraton, including the installation of approximately 100 HD surveillance cameras along the route of the race.

Robot sous-chef makes crab bisque, automates the kitchen

Apr 14, 2015

Read about London-based Moley Robotics' robotic “sous-chef,” which was on display at this year’s Hannover Messe trade fair, where it was seen making crab bisque, according to BBC News.

 

Slideshow: 2015 Innovators Awards honoree reception

Mar 30, 2015 To celebrate our first annual Innovators Awards program, Vision Systems Design held a reception at the AIA’s Automate trade show and conference in Chicago, IL, USA on March 25, 2015, where many representatives from companies at the show were on hand to accept their awards from Andrew Wilson, Edit...

UAV roundup 3/27: The latest in unmanned aerial vehicle news

Mar 27, 2015

Since the last “UAV roundup” we did in February, 27 new companies have been granted a Section 333 exemption to operate UAVs, for a range of different applications, including real estate, agriculture, inspection, and motion picture and television.

 

Vision System Design announces 2015 Innovators Awards honorees

Mar 25, 2015 Developed to celebrate the disparate and innovative technologies, products, and systems found in the machine vision and image processing industry, the 2015 Innovators Awards were reviewed by an expert panel of ten third-party judges who were asked to rate the numerous entries that we received bas...

UAV roundup 2/27: The latest in unmanned aerial vehicle news

Feb 27, 2015 February saw no shortage of news when it came to UAVs in the United States. In fact, it was quite the eventful month, headlined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finally proposing a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small UAVs in today’s aviation system, ...

UAV roundup 2/9: The latest in unmanned aerial vehicle news

Feb 9, 2015

With so many headlines related to UAVs coming out as late, I’ve decided to do another version of the "UAV Roundup."

UAV roundup 1/30: The latest in unmanned aerial vehicle news

Jan 30, 2015

Instead of blogging about each and every one of these items separately, I thought I would compile them into one big “roundup,” providing some of the latest headlines in the world of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Seeing through the Blizzard of 2015

Jan 27, 2015 As I sit here writing this article from the comfort of my own home; I am doing so not out of convenience, but out of necessity. For those of you who do not live in the northeast portion of the United States, in case you haven’t heard, we are in the midst of what many meteorologists predicted to b...

Live updates from the 2015 A3 Business Forum

Jan 22, 2015 Once again, we will be providing live updates from the A3 Business Forum, which brings together top executives from the machine vision, robotics, and motion control industries including manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, end users, research groups, universities, and consultin...

FAA grants additional exemptions for commercial UAVs

Jan 9, 2015

Last summer, the FAA granted permission for BP and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer AeroVironment to fly the first commercial UAV to fly over land for the purposes of aerial surveys over Alaska’s North Slope.
 

UAV lands on water, captures underwater footage

Jan 2, 2015

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called the HexH2o is capable of landing on a body of water and capturing underwater footage.
 

Student builds a camera inside a Lego

Dec 4, 2014 Much of what we cover on Vision Systems Design is rather technical, or at least serious in nature. From time to time on the blog, I like to take a look at off-beat, fun, or interesting bits of news, such as sharks eating cameras attached to robots, or the innovative use of a digital cinema camera...

FAA granted authority to fine UAV operators

Nov 19, 2014 This past March, I wrote about the case of Raphael Pirker, a 29-year-old who used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to film a commercial at the University of Virginia. In this case, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) filed a case against Pirker for flying a drone commercially.  

VISION 2014 thoughts and takeaways

Nov 10, 2014 To articulately summarize my entire VISION experience would require an extensive amount of writing and reflection. Throughout the course of the next few weeks, I do, in fact, intend to provide summaries of the interviews I had with the 20-some-odd international vision companies on the show floor....

Crime fighting with Google Glass

Oct 7, 2014

Earlier this summer, we reported that The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS were adapting its SHORE real-time face detection and analysis software for the Google Glass.
 

Innovative music video made with a Kinect and modified digital cinema camera

Sep 29, 2014

San Francisco-based ambient music artist Tycho released a music video for the song "See" from the 2014 album “Awake" that makes clever use of a Microsoft Kinect and a modified RED Epic camera.
 

FAA approves commercial use of UAVs for filmmaking

Sep 26, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued just its second approval of commercial UAV flights, with six permits being given to film and television production companies for the purpose of aerial video capture.
 

Nova Scotia RCMP UAV

Canadian police use UAV to find family lost in forest

Sep 10, 2014 Two months ago in July, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Nova Scotia unveiled a new fleet of vision-enabled UAVs for purposes that include crash scene investigation, search and rescue, and emergency response. A few months later, one of these UAVs successfully located two adults and their 17-m...

Pez head

By Andy Wilson
Pez is more than just candy. That's right. It's "interactive candy" that is both enjoyable to eat and fun to play with. And that's partly because dispensers with new characters on them are introduced regularly.

But there are some Pez candy dispensers that you won't be able to buy in any of the supermarkets, mass merchandisers, variety stores, drug stores, convenience stores, toy chains and gift stores that sell them throughout the US and Canada.

That's because the heads on these particular dispensers have been custom built by folks working for the rather oddly named company, the 'Hot Pop Factory ' as holiday gifts for the employees of one of their clients.

To do just that, the chaps at the Hot Pop Factory first scanned all 32 of the employees' heads in 3-D using the Microsoft Kinect camera. Astoundingly, they convinced everyone to allow them digitize their heads for "a mysterious research project", despite a lot of protesting.

After the digital 3-D models of the subjects were generated, the scans were patched up with MeshMixer, a free software tool that can be used to make 3-D models.

After some more modeling work to add a connection from the heads to the candy dispensers, they were ready to print.  And many hours of printing later, the Hot Pop Factory had produced the 32 custom built heads that were then ready to install on the candy dispensers after the existing ones had been removed.


From the reaction of the individuals who received their holiday Pez dispensers, it would appear that the whole exercise was a huge success.

However, I hope that my own publishing company doesn't decide to reward our staff with similar custom-built Pez dispensers this coming holiday season. Having just returned from hours in the dentist's chair having root canal treatment, I can't say the thought of eating any Pez candy seems like such a sweet idea at the present time.

You can watch a video of the Kinect in action here .