Smart components add functionality

By incorporating smart controllers into lenses, autofocus and aperture can be electronically controlled.

Jan 16th, 2006

By incorporating smart controllers into lenses, autofocus and aperture can be electronically controlled.

For years, OEM suppliers to the machine-vision industry have leveraged consumer, computer, and broadcast technologies to lower the cost of their products. While frame-grabber vendors have used broadcast-compatible standards and devices, smart-camera vendors have used computer-network standards such as Ethernet, USB, and FireWire in their designs. Now, camera vendors are looking to incorporate smart lenses into their products to increase functionality.
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