Capture Embedded Vision vs. Machine Vision

Machine vision and embedded vision systems both fulfill important roles in industry, especially in process control and automation. The difference between the two lies primarily in image processing capabilities and size: embedded vision systems deliver compact efficiency, and conventional machine vision systems provide high-performance and versatility. But the precise boundary between the two can be hard to pin down. This article compares the two types of camera vision and what benefits each offer different applications.

  • Driver Vision Enhancement (DVE) With SWIR Cameras

    There are man current DVE systems that use passive thermal imaging systems that enhance a driver’s viewing capabilities while operating in darkness, fog, smoke, dust, etc. SWIR has emerged as a technology that meets the current needs of DVE. Not only does it provide visibility in degraded conditions, it can also address the gaps in the current systems used today.

  • Thin Film Glossary

    This article defines a number of glossary terms related to thin film optical filters and their use.

  • Oleophobic vs. Hydrophobic Glass Coatings

    Oleophobic coatings are well-suited for projected capacitive (PCAP) and capacitive touch screens, handheld devices, teleprompters, virtual reality applications, and more. Hydrophobic coatings do not allow water to bond with the surface of the glass.

  • What Is A Neutral Density Filter?

    A neutral density, or ND, optical filter reduces or modifies the intensity of all wavelengths or colors of light equally, therefore providing for no changes in the hue of the color rendition. Neutral density filters can be colorless or clear, or they can be grey in tone.


ULTRA Series Optical Filters Coatings.jpg ULTRA Series Optical Filters And Coatings

High-performance thin-film optical filters and coatings for sophisticated systems.

  • FLEXPOINT Machine Vision Lasers: MV Series

    LASER COMPONENTS designs and manufactures laser modules to fulfill specific requirements in industrial image processing applications -- a range of line lasers with a homogeneous power distribution generally used in metrology, as well as high power lasers and special housing units. 

  • 1.5” High Speed Response, Multi-Functional Integrating Sphere: Ophir IS1.5-VIS-FPD-800

    The Ophir IS1.5-VIS-FPD-800 is a 1.5” high speed response, multi-functional integrating sphere designed to provide multiple measurement capabilities in a single device. This includes the capabilities of a precision photodiode for calibrated average power measurement, a fast photodiode for pulse shape characterization on an oscilloscope and a built in SMA fiber adapter, and an SMA fiber optic adapter for easy connection to a spectrometer.

  • 3D Optical Surface Profilers: Nexview NX2

    Zygo Corporation introduces the next generation of optical profiling instruments designed to precisely measure surface area topography quickly and with ease for enhanced productivity and versatility. The Nexview NX2 instrument is based on innovative and versatile non-contact optical technologies. Ideal applications include research, precision engineering, quality control, and advanced manufacturing.

  • Fastest Scientific Open Front X-Ray EMCCD Camera: Falcon III XO

    The Falcon III XO is the only high energy direct X-Ray camera using a 1MP Frame Transfer EMCCD sensor. The camera offers a combination of speed and sensitivity for soft X-Ray applications up to 20 KeV.


Cooled sCMOS With Highest 26 MPix Resolution: pco.edge 26

PCO offers the pco.edge 26 sCMOS camera with 5120 x 5120 pixel resolution and a 2.5 x 2.5 µm² pixel size for achieving the maximum level of spatial resolution for many applications, including microscopy imaging with low magnification. Read more.


Gentec-EO is specialized in laser power measurement, energy measurement and beam analysis, as well as terahertz source measurement.

Our products are easy to use and well designed for your particular application and work environment, so that everyone can measure with the Gentec-EO accuracy.

Canon USA Imaging Solutions Group is a leading provider of business-to-business, industrial and consumer digital and optical imaging solutions to the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets with an increasing intent for more customized, localized products.

With decades worth of knowledge and experience, Ophir Optronics Solutions LTD., Optics Group, an MKS Company (NASDAQ: MKSI), is a world-leading designer and of high performance IR thermal lenses and optical elements for VIS,imaging and high-power lasers optics.

Iridian Spectral Technologies is a diversified optical filter manufacturer that is an international leader in filter design and manufacture especially for application in the fields of fiber optic communications, optical spectroscopy, 3D entertainment, and in aerospace. Iridian Spectral Technologies was ranked as one of the top 150 high technology companies in Canada in the 2011 and 2012 Branham300 rankings and won the 2010 Canada Export Achievement Award for the province of Ontario sponsored by Profit magazine together with Export Development Corporation (EDC). Iridian Spectral Technologies is a global supplier with distributors in many countries particularly in Asia.

Raptor Photonics Limited is a global leader and manufacturer of high performance, industrial-grade and extremely rugged ultra-low light digital and analogue cameras.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of business-to-business, industrial and consumer digital and optical imaging solutions to the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets with an increasing intent for more customized, localized products.



  • How Do Your Industrial Coatings Systems Hold Up?

    Laser Components, a global manufacturer of laser optics, offers a wide array of optimally adapted products to meet every customer’s unique requirements. From substrate production and coatings to thorough outgoing goods inspection, all operating steps are carried out in house. Many end products, such as internal coating optics from NUTECH, require small numbers of precisely manufactured optics, used to equip tubes and hollow bodies with corrosion and wear protection from the inside.

  • Realizing Optical Chips

    The aim is to develop optically integrated semiconductor chips, i.e. circuits that work with photons instead of electrons.

  • SLAC Starts Up New Facility To Revolutionize Particle Accelerators

    A new facility that could pave the way for a future generation of particle colliders and powerful light sources has turned on at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.




  • Creating AFM Resonant Probes Using Shattered Silicon

    Resonant probes for atomic force microscopy (AFM) can be created using shattered silicon wafers. This video describes how to create silicon shards and then attach them to a quartz tuning fork for use in an AFM. 

  • Creating Tungsten Tips For Atomic Force Microscopy Using Mad City Labs SPM Etch Kit

    This video describes how to use Mad City Labs SPM Etch kit to produce tungsten tips for atomic force microscopy (AFM). The tungsten tips are attached to quartz tuning forks for use in a resonant probe AFM.

  • Creating A Diving Bell For An AFM Resonant Probe

    This video describes how to implement a diving bell concept for imaging samples in liquid using a resonant probe AFM. A MadPLL phase lock loop controller and an AFM diving bell kit are used from Mad City Labs.

  • Ophir's Long-Range MWIR 45-900 mm f/4 – Thermal Imaging Demo Video

    The SupIR 45-900 mm f/4 delivers superb image quality and accurate line of sight (LOS) for long-range security and surveillance applications, with up to 24.7 km detection range. Designed for 20 µm or 15 µm VGA format cameras, as well as for 10 µm HD format. The lens is based on the legacy SupIR 15-300 mm MWIR f/4 zoom lens with its proven track-record of thousands of units operating in the field and its ruggedized design. Integrated in Sierra-Olympic's VGA MWIR Ventus-900 thermal core.


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