AUGUST 4--National Instruments (Austin, TX; www.ni.com) new Vision 7 Development Module for LabVIEW 7 Express provides the tools machine-vision engineers need to more quickly prototype, benchmark, and create highly advanced applications. This module delivers performance gains over previous software versions. For particle-analysis applications, for instance, engineers can choose from more than 80 different particle measurements that are now two to 10 times faster than previous software module versions.
The Development Module includes the enhanced, menu-driven Vision Assistant for application prototyping. Engineers use Vision Assistant to prototype and benchmark their machine vision applications by experimenting with more than 200 different machine-vision functions, including optical character recognition and barcode reading. With a single mouse click, Vision Assistant generates code for LabVIEW, LabVIEW Real-Time, C, and Visual Basic.
With the addition of the LabVIEW Real-Time Module, engineers can also take advantage of time-bounded vision algorithms to develop deterministic, real-time machine-vision applications that finish within a predetermined amount of time. This functionality, combined with the new Compact Vision System machine-vision system, creates a completely deterministic and reliable system for packaging, assembly, robotics, and industrial inspection.
Vision features for LabVIEW users include a native, embedded image display for viewing images at full-frame rates on the LabVIEW front panel. Users can also acquire and decode color images from Bayer-encoded color cameras at full frame rates and save multiple images as compressed AVI movie files.