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Baumer offers high-quality digital cameras (GigE Vision®, USB3 Vision™, Camera Link®) for PC-based image processing systems and intuitive vision sensors as well as OEM vision engineering for customized vision components to be used for many different applications across varied industries. Baumer Optronic GmbH is a subsidiary of the Swiss Baumer Group – a global leader in sensor solutions for factory and process automation.

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Baumer SmartApplets: The easy and cost-efficient way to master complex tasks in image processing

POSTED 11/14/2017

Baumer's new SmartAppletsWith new SmartApplets, Baumer is the first camera manufacturer to introduce an innovative concept to quickly and easily increase the application-specific functionalities of cameras with FPGA-based image processing. SmartApplets can be conveniently transferred to the LX VisualApplets cameras by means of a firmware update so the camera is immediately ready for use. As a result, even non-expert users benefit from ready-to-operate solutions for common tasks in image processing without the need to build up special know-how in FPGA programming. They are also no longer required to define image processing algorithms on their own, which allows for a more rapid response to market requirements and significantly cuts down on development costs.

By the end of the year, the first six SmartApplets to solve common image processing tasks will be available on the Baumer website for free download:

  • Binarization: Adaptive binarization enables reduced data amount as well as high resolution and processing speed even by using GigE transmission.
  • HDR: HDR image calculation in image sequences with different exposure times simplifies reliable evaluation of bright and dark areas within a single scene.
  • Image Aggregation: Merging multiple images with small ROIs with extremely high frame rates simplifies image data transfer and reduces CPU load.
  • JPEG: Configurable lossy image compression helps reduce the amount of image data to be transferred and archived.
  • Line Scan Emulation: Simplified integration by emulating a line scan camera with a matrix sensor.
  • Object Extraction: Object localization and extraction cuts down on the amount of data and simplifies evaluation.

Where standard SmartApplets functionalities do not suffice in specific applications, VisualApplets allows users to perform easy and cost-effective adjustments.