OCTOBER 22--Point Grey Research Inc. (PGR; Vancouver, BC, Canada;www.ptgrey.com) released the Flea, its latest IEEE 1394 camera, at the Vision Show 2003 in Stuttgart, Germany. The Flea is PGR's smallest camera and is designed to fit areas as small as 30 x 31 mm.
Featuring a 1/3-in. Sony CCD sensor available in either the 640 x 480 resolution at 60 frames/s or 1024 x 768 resolution at 30 frames/s, the camera is guaranteed to deliver excellent image quality at a high frame rate. Aside from its tiny form factor and speed, new features include a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter and a built-in serial port for control of the camera's local devices.
"The Flea will be attractive to a number of imaging applications, such as high-speed assembly inspection and robot control tasks," says PGR's Vlad Tucakov.
Similar to other PGR cameras, the Flea will also support networking of multiple cameras, automatic intercamera synchronization, general-purpose IO pins, extended shutter times, and in-field firmware upgrading.
The Flea's full development kit includes the CS-mounted camera, IEEE-1394 interface card and cable, tripod mounting adapter, PGRFlycapture C/C++ API, device driver, user manuals, and one-year technical support.