Hand-held PDAs integrate imaging

SEPTEMBER 21--Electrophysics Corp. (Fairfield, NJ) has launched ImagePAD, an image recorder, display, and camera-control product based on the Compaq Computer (Dallas, TX) iPAQ personal digital assistant (PDA).

Sep 21st, 2001

SEPTEMBER 21--Electrophysics Corp. (Fairfield, NJ) has launched ImagePAD, an image recorder, display, and camera-control product based on the Compaq Computer (Dallas, TX) iPAQ personal digital assistant (PDA). Its initial implementation is coordinated with the Raytheon Commercial Infrared (Dallas, TX) radiometric version of its PalmIR camera. The PalmIR 500 radiometer features an uncooled, 320 x 240-pixel focal-plane array that performs direct temperature measurements up to 300°C, stores 16-bit images, and uses a pushbutton user interface. It is available with the ImagePAD as an integrated-display, image-recording, and control accessory.

ImagePAD is being offered to camera OEMs that need to add a portable, battery-powered, image-recorder/display/controller for field applications. "Once we developed the real-time 16-bit camera interface, we realized that other camera developers could take advantage of the capability of the iPAQ," says Art Stout, vice president, sales and marketing, at Electrophysics. According to Stout, the company has begun discussions with other camera developers and hopes to develop a series of standard interfaces and provide custom software development services.

For more information, see the September 2001 issue of Vision Systems Design.

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