What were the Top 11 vision stories of 2011?

We've looked back at the stories that Vision Systems Design online readers clicked on the most. By doing so, you told us what machine vision and imaging news stories and features captured your focus, frame by frame, in 2011.

Research team pieces together the surface of Titan moon with Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS)
Research team pieces together the surface of Titan moon with Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS)

It's natural to pause near the end of another year and take a look back at where we've been. We've looked back at the stories that Vision Systems Design online readers clicked on the most. By doing so, you told us what machine vision and imaging news stories and features captured your focus, frame by frame, in 2011.

Research team pieces together the surface of Titan moon with Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS)Research team pieces together the surface of Titan moon with Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS)You rekindled a fascination with the Moon and how imaging is used in space:

Wide-angle camera captures sharper images of moon landing sites

Dawn spacecraft captures image of asteroid with mountain bigger than Everest

Titanium treasure trove found on the Moon

Fea3 Infrared 1104vsdYou sought out articles that drilled down technologies with broad application across a variety of machine vision and image-processing systems:

The Infrared Choice

GigE Vision Headed Faster

Emerging Standards

Machine-Vision Software Enters the Third Dimension

1101vsd Fea2 Fig1And you also jumped on the "bandwagon" to see where it would lead when we covered intelligent transportation imaging, Kinect, vision-guided service robots, and scanning technologies that support consumer applications:

Riding the Rails

Kinect for Windows SDK to be released by Microsoft in May

Vision guides robot to clear air ducts

Machine vision digitizes vintage films


All of this is pretty remarkable stuff and we're glad to see that it interested you, too. But what struck us as even more telling is the fact that you continue to look back at Vision Systems Design as a source for information that has an impact even after a year or more, as these "continually clicked" articles demonstrate:

EMVA releases enhanced GenICam standard for machine vision (2010)

Multisensor-equipped backpack renders 3-D images (2010)

Scanning Sensors (2010)

Matching Lenses and Sensors (2009)

Using fuzzy logic in image processing (2007)

Understanding image-interpolation techniques (2007)

Telecentric lenses make precise measurements (2007)

Vision system simplifies robotic fruit picking (2007)

Color-matching systems test visual quality (2006)

UV imaging opens new applications (2006)


So what can we look forward in 2012 and beyond for machine vision and imaging technologies? Check out editor Andy Wilson's December article on the future of machine vision and stay tuned.

-- By Carrie Meadows, Managing Editor, Vision Systems Design

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