This year, Vision Systems Design celebrates its 20th anniversary. Throughout the year—as part of our Vision 20/20series— we are going to encourage people to think about where the imaging and machine vision industry could be headed in the next20 years, while also taking a look back at the past 20 years.
Back in March 2000, Andy looked at a number of different topics in vision, including the ushering in of new PC standards, which heralded new imaging systems. In his editorial, he discussed how talked about how PC-based imaging was "about to get a shot in the arm," due to the "increased bandwidth of 64-bit systems, based on a high-performance addition to the PCI local bus specification, the PCI-X v1.0."
Andy commented that "Realizing the impact of this increased bandwidth, camera vendors will abandon legacy broadcast-type camera interfaces in favor of digital interfaces." He also noted: "Open-architecture systems based around the PC will become the dominant force. Systems developers who have opted for expensive proprietary closed systems may be left behind."
Feature article topics in this magazine included the proliferation of machine vision technology for inspection applications, a look into the business side of the industry (including Photonics West 2000), imaging software, lighting variables in machine vision, vision-guided robotics, and biometric applications. Additionally, in the “Technology Trends,” section, Andy took a look at integrated lenses, fingerprint recognition, image analysis algorithms, processor performance, and an iris recognition system.
In this issue’s new products section, Andy wrote about a 3D measurement system, Windows-based software, CMOS image sensors, a fiber optic illuminator, lighting, a color camera, a code-reading camera, 3D software, and more.
We will continue to highlight archived issues in the future, so keep an eye out for more “blast from the past” articles from Vision Systems Design.
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