Software offering field proven image acquisition, control and processing and analysis functions to design, develop and deploy high-performance Image processing and Machine vision applications Software is available as easy to use GUI tool and/or as SDK for Programming compatible with different Operating Systems and Development platforms like Visual Studio etc.
All hardware in the field of Imaging and Vision like Cameras, Frame grabbers, Optics, Lighting all would remain useless without Software. Software is the key component to accomplish the needed results in General imaging, biomedical, AI , Machine Vision etc. Software is the one that gives life to all hardware.
Software can be categorized as SDK and GUI based. SDK means Software Development Kit which is available as development kit for different languages like C++., C#, Python under different Operating systems like Windows, Linux, Mac etc. SDK will contain callable routines or classes as static and dynamic libraries. Users can create their own standalone programs with these kind of kits and then distribute the exes or completed packages with Run time Licenses to client base. This allows customization to do a project or create a product. SDKs can be hardware specific like for controls of camera, frame grabbers, optics, lighting etc. or for general purpose imaging or application specific catering to specific tasks or applications like biomedical, robotics, machine vision, biometrics, artificial intelligence, deep learning etc.
GUI based packages are also available for all the purposes mentioned above but they cannot be deployed as run time licenses and in most cases entire package has to be installed in customer systems. This is easy to use, effective to prototype for proof of concept and does not require programming skills to create solutions.Also, some cameras called as SMART CAMERAS would have embedded software tuned for specific application areas and specific tasks. Example. Barcode reading and OCR in Machine Vision.
Software systems featuring large suites of tools designed to make identifying and programming imaging tasks easier for the end user. Such imaging suites tend to include modules for groups of tasks that include the following:
- preprocessing images
-matching patterns within a single image or between multiple ones
-measurin g between points on a part
-identify ing points or regions of interest
-locating parts or defining their shape
-analyzin g color, text and position of parts, labels or markings
-separati ng images into discrete objects, or blobs.
When most of the available software began to undergo development, chiefly in the 1990s, PC processors were relatively rudimentary. Now, though, multithreaded, multicore chip sets have become the norm as Intel, AMD and other chip makers have continued to pack additional processing power into shrinking volumes.
Image capture and input/output functions, for example, can be run simultaneously on separate processor cores – increasing the overall processing speed, which in turn enables production lines themselves to roll on faster rates. To achieve this state, however, the software has had to undergo several stages of evolution so that the growing numbers of cores (or threads) are not wasted.
Of all the vision tools now available, 3-D imaging is seeing the greatest increase in demand. Robot-based manufacturing is driving a lot of the interest in 3-D because it enables more complex motions in any given volume of space in which a robot has to maneuver. Robot-based parts picking, welding, marking and most other tasks aren’t too difficult to program, but getting a robot to put two or more parts together is very hard.
Now, though, more powerful PCs can crunch the numbers needed to make 3-D systems viable. More changes are coming in the 3-D imaging segment of the vision industry, but they will come in small increments.
High speed recording from high frame rate high resolution cameras and apply specific processing on the images in live also need sophisticated software.