As technological advancements continue to weave their way throughout all facets of human existence, the increasing use of video cameras in conjunction with the internet, for both personal and professional use has garnered both praise and condemnation alike. For some, video cameras are praised for their abilities to capture (in High Definition no less) those family moments or life events that will forever be immortalized on your computer, phone or tablet allowing you to revisit and share that exact moment in time over and over and over again. They can be used to protect property, deter shoplifting, keep a watchful eye (at a distance) on the new nanny watching your children or the new housekeeper recently employed to clean your house while you are at work. Sounds awesome, right?
It might to some, but there are also those who seek to vilify what they deem to be potentially dangerous and albeit intrusive technology… not for what it is but for what others might choose to do with the technology once they have it. To that, I respectfully acknowledge this perceived threat and offer my humble opinion on the subject which is, As with everything, there’s always going to be an upside and a downside, especially when it comes to a technology that allows people to immediately connect themselves to literally everyone in the world without having to exert much effort or put much thought behind it. However, at this moment in time, it’s my belief that we are only beginning to scratch the surface of how video cameras and streaming video capabilities over the internet can and currently do positively impact our lives on both a small and large scale. That being said, why should you care what I think? You shouldn’t actually… I am just one little fish in a great big pond, HOWEVER, as humans we should never stop learning so this is my educational contribution to the internet and its throngs of followers for today. Here goes…
I came across an interesting article today about how the use of cameras has bred a new form of medical treatment called Telemedicine (informally known as Remote Presence robots). Formally defined, Telemedicine is “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology” (http://www.americantelemed.org/).
Telemedicine sounds interesting, but what exactly does it mean without all the hospital jargon? To quote the article below, “Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to “beam” themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies…..Once inside the hospital room, the doctor can see, hear and speak to the patient, and have access to clinical data and medical images. The physician can’t touch the patient, but there is always a nurse or medical assistant on-site to assist.”.
As this medically innovative trend continues to gain momentum, the future seems to be heading on a path towards offering patients a viable solution of local and immediate access to out of town specialists or even access to local hospitals, that they would have otherwise been forced to travel to, if they are even able to.
And since capturing high-quality live video and still imagery are essential components to effective telemedicine, this is just one of many great examples of how video cameras are capable of being used in a way that positively impacts our society! Enjoy the article!
Robots boost doctor access
CARMICHAEL, Calif. (AP) — The doctor isn’t in, but he can still see you now.
Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to “beam” themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies.
A growing number of hospitals in California and other states are using telepresence robots to expand access to medical specialists, especially in rural areas where there’s a shortage of doctors.
These mobile video-conferencing machines move on wheels and typically stand about 5 feet, with a large screen that projects a doctor’s face. They feature cameras, microphones and speakers that allow physicians and patients to see and talk to each other.
Dignity Health, which runs Arizona, California and Nevada hospitals, began using the telemedicine machines five years ago to diagnose patients suspected of suffering strokes — when every minute is crucial to prevent serious brain damage.
The San Francisco-based health care provider now uses the telemedicine robots in emergency rooms and intensive-care units at about 20 California hospitals, giving them access to specialists in areas such as neurology, cardiology, neonatology, pediatrics and mental health.
“Regardless of where the patient is located, we can be at their bedside in several minutes,” said Dr. Alan Shatzel, medical director of the Mercy Telehealth Network. “Literally, we compress time and space with this technology. No longer does distance affect a person’s ability to access the best care possible.”
Dignity Health is one of several hospital chains that recently began using RP-VITA, which was jointly developed by InTouch Health and iRobot Corp. It’s approved for hospital use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“Hospitals are now using this type of technology in order to leverage the specialists that they have even better and more efficiently,” said Dr. Yulun Wang, CEO of Santa Barbara-based InTouch Health.
Nearly 1,000 hospitals in the U.S. and abroad have installed InTouch telemedicine devices, including about 50 RP-VITA robots launched in May, according to company officials. The company rents out the RP-VITA for $5,000 per month.
When a doctor is needed at a remote hospital location, he can log into the RP-VITA on-site by using a computer, laptop or iPad. The robot has an auto-drive function that allows it to navigate its way to the patient’s room, using sensors to avoid bumping into things or people.
Once inside the hospital room, the doctor can see, hear and speak to the patient, and have access to clinical data and medical images. The physician can’t touch the patient, but there is always a nurse or medical assistant on-site to assist.
On a recent morning, Dr. Asad Chaudhary, a stroke specialist at Dignity Health, beamed into a robot at the neuro-intensive care unit at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael to evaluate Linda Frisk, a patient who recently had a stroke.
With his face projected on the robot screen, Chaudhary asked Frisk to smile, open and close her eyes, make a fist and lift her arms and legs — common prompts to test a patient’s neurological functioning.
“If you develop any weakness, any numbness, any problem with your speech or anything else, let us know right away,” Chaudhary told Frisk before the robot turned around and left the room.
“It’s just like being with the patient in the room,” Chaudhary said. “Of course, nothing can replace seeing these patients in person, but it’s the next best thing.”
Frisk, 60, who was flown into the hospital for treatment, said she was surprised when she first saw the robot, but quickly got used to the doctor’s virtual presence.
“You feel like he was right there,” said Frisk, who lives near Merced. “Although I am a little spoiled and like to see him in person.”
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“What is Telemedicine?.” What is Telemedicine. The American Telemedicine Association, n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. http://www.americantelemed.org/learn/what-is-telemedicine.
“PARK RIDGE, N.J., OCT. 4, 2013 – At WFX 2013, Sony Electronics unveiled its new SRG line of high-definition, remotely-operated cameras, designed to deliver high-quality imaging, powerful capabilities, ease of use and affordability for a range of commercial applications. The first two models in the new line are the pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) SRG-120DH and SRG-300H cameras.
The new SRG series joins Sony’s widely used EVI and BRC product lines, giving customers a greater choice of high-quality remote camera options.
The new SRG-120DH camera is designed for desktop use, while the SRG-300H model is desktop- or ceiling-mountable. They are capable of full HD (1080/60P) imaging, incorporate industry-standard HDMI interfaces, and can be controlled via VISCA™ protocol over IP connections.
The SRG-300H also features a 30x optical zoom (the highest in Sony’s PTZ line up) making it perfect for a variety of room sizes and venues in corporate, education, and government.
High production values with Sony latest imaging technology
The high-image quality SRG cameras incorporate Sony’s most advanced Exmor™ CMOS technology designed to deliver the highest video production values for broadcast, in-house, or online viewing.
According to Mark Bonifacio, Sony Electronics’ Director of Industrial Cameras, the SRG-120DH and SRG-300H PTZ cameras are especially suited for nearly any remote shooting and monitoring application, including lecture capture, house of worship use, videoconferencing, and telemedicine.
”High quality, high definition video has become an expectation, and the new SRG line is an easy to operate, cost-effective solution for a variety of applications,” said Bonifacio.
The SRG-300H and SRG-120DH PTZ cameras both feature a high-sensitivity Exmor sensor and Sony’s latest enhanced features including View-DR™ dynamic range enhancement and XDNR™ technology (eXellent Dynamic Noise Reduction). View-DR provides superb visibility even in challenging back-lit conditions resulting in clear images. This allows the cameras to pan across an area and stay sharp despite shifting from front-lit to back-lit views. XDNR technology reduces noise and provides clear images in both moving and still objects under low light conditions.
Another essential feature of the SRG cameras is their easy operation due to new PC control software that enables intuitive operation and full access to camera functions such as color adjustment. The full range of VISCA command protocols are accessible through standard IP connections. The SRG-H300 has RS-232 and RS-422 capabilities, while the SRG-120DH is RS-232-capable).
Image E-flip allows the SRG-300H to be used in a desktop position or ceiling mounted while maintaining proper right-left/up-down orientation. Each camera has 16 programmable presets using VISCA so operators can click from one camera shot to another without having to reframe. This allows smooth transitions rather than jarring shifts.
The SRG-120DH PTZ camera features a 12x optical zoom and a 12x digital zoom, with a 71-degree horizontal viewing angle. The SRG-300H model combines a 30x optical plus 12x digital zoom with 65-degree viewing angle and is available in both black and white casings.
The SRG-300H will be available in November and the SRG-120DH will follow in December with pricing to be announced.”
Side Note from Aegis ~ Both new models will soon be available through Aegis Electronic Group, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss why one of these new cameras might be the perfect fit for your application.
T Di Nome. (2013, October 4). SONY UNVEILS NEW LINE OF HIGH DEFINITION PTZ CAMERAS. Retrieved from http://blog.sony.com/press/sony-unveils-new-line-of-high-definition-ptz-cameras/
Moo-ove over Point Grey, AVT, IDS and all the others because Sentech America is digging in fork first into food inspection with their color USB 3.0 cameras.
Sentech’s new STC-MCA5MUSB3 color USB 3.0 camera, is available in a 1/2.5″ CMOS progressive scan sensor with a 5MP to VGA scalable resolution, 14 to 123 FPS, and rolling shutter making it easy to use for applications where speed, accuracy, competitive pricing and ease of use are essential. Compatible with all standard industry drivers and packaged with the Sentech Viewing Software and full development SDK, this new USB 3.0 camera is definitely a low cost, high performance value, coming in with a list price of just $393.00. (Sentech also offers a monochrome (black and white) version of this USB 3.0 camera, the STC-MBA5MUSB3)
Obviously the camera is just one component of many needed when putting together an effective inspection system… there are also lenses, cables, monitors and more to assist in the inspection process. As a distributor, Aegis is able to offer our customers a wide selection of related camera components and we also have the technical knowledge to help you piece your system together for you based on your inspection requirements.
Need a lens? Take a look at Tamron’s line of high quality glass lenses for megapixel cameras. Cables and power supplies? Not a problem as we’ve got you covered there too with our wide selection of USB cables, power supplies, C-Mount adaptors and more! Whether the application is specific to food inspection, microscopy, machine vision or others, Aegis can help you identify the appropriate solution and match your request with our line up of high quality manufacturers.
Aegis is an authorized cameras distributor for:
Aegis, AVP, Basler, Blackmagic Design, Canon, CIS Americas, CNB Technology,Elmo, Foculus, Hitachi, JAI Pulnix, KT&C, Lumenera, NET, Panasonic, Sentech,Sony VIP, Toshiba America, Toshiba-Teli America, Ueye, ximea
Aegis is an authorized framegrabber distributor for:
Aegis is an authorized lens distributor for:
Aegis is an authorized monitor distributor for:
To see our full lineup of manufactures visit our website at www.aegis-elec.com
BitFlow Takes Leadership Role in Development of Cost-Effective, High-Performance CoaXPress Technology
WOBURN, MA, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 — Until a few years ago, there were only two choices in camera interfaces for high-speed machine vision applications: Camera Link for higher speeds but shorter cable lengths or GigE Vision for longer cables yet slower speeds. With the deployment of modern multi-megapixel, high-speed machine vision cameras both these interfaces have reached the limits of their capabilities, leaving system integrators searching for a new solution.
“Large amounts of high speed data have put a strain on traditional interface technologies that link cameras to host systems,” explained Donal Waide, Director of Sales for BitFlow, a manufacturer of machine vision frame grabbers. “As a result, new camera interfaces were introduced to support the needed bandwidth, as well as to provide more cost-effective, scalable approaches, most promising of which was CoaXPress.”
With the launch of CoaXPress at Vision, Stuttgart in 2009, BitFlow, already a leader in high speed image acquisition, decided to adopt this standard for their next suite of products. CoaXPress was designed to overcome the limitations of Camera Link and GigE Vision, offering advantages in bandwidth, implementation, infrastructure cost, and system scalability. “Because the scalable architecture of CoaXPress allows for even much higher speeds that will be needed for future camera systems, this will be an important product line for BitFlow to have,” added Waide.
CoaXPress’s reliance of coaxial cables achieves many goals. For one, coaxial cable enables automatic equalization of losses, allowing CoaXPress to deliver higher performance over longer distances than any other current or emerging standard. Up to 6.25 Gbps can be transmitted over a single cable. Second, because cabling accounts for up to half of the total cost of a system upgrade, using the coaxial cables already installed in many analog camera systems can save the customer thousands of dollars as they migrate to a fully digital imaging solution. Third, with CoaXPress as the interface, all digital video, control, GPIO, triggering and power can be managed on just a single, flexible and cost- effective 75 Ohm coaxial cable. CoaXPress is highly scalable over single or multiple coaxial cables.
Always the innovator, BitFlow in 2011 introduced its Karbon-CXP line of frame grabbers, one of the world’s first to incorporate CoaXPress. The result was video acquisition at blazing speeds, as well as the ability to send control commands and triggers at 20 Megabits per second – all over a single piece of coaxial cable up to 135 meters. Additionally up to 13W of power can be transmitted to camera along the cable. Karbon-CXP frame grabbers are CoaXPress 1.1 compliant, and support from one to four CXP cameras, as well as support up to four CXP multi-links (up to four links per camera).
Last year BitFlow followed up on the Karbon-CXP family with the Cyton™ CXP4 four-channel frame grabber. Key to its success is the incorporation of the Gen 2.0 x8 PCI Express bus interface on its back-end, an advancement that doubles the data rate of the Gen 1.0 bus for the ultimate high speed access to host memory in multi-camera systems, while using the same compact footprint and connectors.
“Bitflow fully plans to continue to support its Camera Link customers with our Neon and Karbon-CL families of frame grabbers,” said Waide. “When they choose to upgrade to the CoaXPress standard, we are here to provide them a simple, inexpensive migration path with our Karbon-CXP and Cyton models.”
Republished from BitFlow press release, BitFlow Takes Leadership Role in Development of Cost-Effective, High-Performance CoaXPress Technology, September 5, 2013. http://www.bitflow.com/
Powerful and Cost-effective GigE Camera Series – Nine new 1.3 & 2MP ace series camera models unveiled from Basler
Aegis Electronic Group, Inc. is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Ximea Corporation, a German based camera manufacturer with offices in the USA and Slovaka.
Aegis first garnered interest in Ximea with the introduction of their xiQ series of ultra compact USB 3.0 cameras and what we found was one of the industry’s smallest USB 3.0 camera lines packed with great features we knew our customers would find extremely useful.
Supported by an extensive software library, with names like Cognex VisionPro®, National Instruments LabVIEW, Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) and others, these USB cameras are easy products to integrate into any application and users will be pleasantly surprised by the fact that they will perform seamlessly on Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Mac OS X (10.7 or 10.8) and Linux operating systems.
Without a doubt a top contender when compared to other USB 3.0 camera brands like IDS and Point Grey, these cameras are small, fast and have one of the lowest power consumptions in the industry. (*26.4 x 26.4 x 21.2mm, 27 grams, 600fps and 1.0 to 1.8 power consumption). Medical markets and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) markets are going to see this as an opportunity to expand their systems to higher frame rates and faster data transmission.
Offering easy migration from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0, customers who want the ability to make the move from one to the other are at an advantage with this camera while any customers who prefer to stay with USB 2.0 will find the Ximea subminiature line (MU series) a perfect fit for those smaller spaces.
- USB 3.0 data interface that delivers up to 5 Gbps equal to 400 megapixels per second,
- Opto-isolated trigger input,
- Illuminator control output,
- Non-volatile memory for user settings and custom data,
- VGA to 4 MP resolution high-quality CMOS sensors,
- Global shutters,
- Frame rates up to 600 fps,
- Improved quantum efficiency (QE) in the visible and NIR spectral ranges
- Dynamic range up to 100 dB, and
- Available in Black/White or Color models
How do you get them? Aegis has these products ready to evaluate, email or call at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-362-3447.
Available in both an ultra compact cased or board level configuration, Sentech’s new 1/3″ CCD High Definition camera boasts true HD digital 720p, 16×9 image at 60fps, enhanced light sensitivity, increased dynamic range and improved CCD smear performance.
The STC-HD93 series is Sentech’s 2nd generation HD Direct connect camera and is mirrored from their popular STC-HD133 HD camera series. Compared to the HD133 models, the STCHD93 has better sensitivity and image quality with the new 1/3″ sensor and the FOV is slightly narrower due to the sensor size difference.
Offered in several different configurations with choices of either cased or board level, HD-SDI or DVI outputs, C or CS mount, and with or without Super heat sync, Sentech’s STC-HD93 is an ideal camera choice for applications requiring direct-connect monitor viewing with High Definition resolution (industrial or medical scopes and instruments, etc.).
**The Super heat sync version is ideal for OEM customers who run into heat issues when building their housings as it helps push heat off camera components and isolates the heat.
Equipped with the capability to program 28 individual DSP profiles, a programmable on-camera push-button for manual control and a built in cross hair feature (with the ability to change color of cross hair lines), these HD cameras are a substantial technology upgrade for systems and applications using traditional analog cameras.
Additional Note Worthy Details:
- The DVI models utilize an HDMI connector
- Built in 1/4 20 mount (top/bottom)
- Controllable by hand held controller or via controller software
- More advanced settings available with control software
- Hot/dead pixel correction available in software
- Sentech’s JIG-HD133 hand held controller, connects via HDMI cables
STC-HD93 Camera Series Output Configurations Include:
- STC-HD93DV - HD DVI Output (Cased) – 1/3″ 50, 60Hz 1280 x 720 HD 720p; DVI 1.0; RGB 40 x 40 x 45.8 mm
- STC-HD93DV-B - HD DVI Output (Board) – 1/3″ 50, 60Hz 1280 x 720 HD 720p; DVI 1.0; RGB 35 x 35 x 46.7 mm
- STC-HD93SDI - HD SDI Output (Cased) - 1/3″ 50, 60Hz 1280 x 720 HD-SDI 720p (SMPTE292M Compliant), YPbPr 40 x 40 x 45.8 mm
- STC-HD93SDI-B - HD SDI Output (Board) - 1/3″ 50, 60Hz 1280 x 720 HD-SDI 720p (SMPTE292M Compliant), YPbPr 35 x 35 x 46.7 mm