Their excellent image quality combined with a robust design means machine vision cameras find homes in some unique and demanding applications beyond manufacturing and measurement instruments.
Adimec is proud to have worked with the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory, AIVL, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) for many years. Researchers and engineers at AIVL have implemented Adimec HD color cameras into a variety of their imaging systems, including an underwater, stereoscope system that collects images for scientific purposes and for 3D IMAX movies.
One example is video collected in the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) showing astronauts practicing repairs in a simulated weightless experience.
Here is information From Wikipedia on the NBL:
A Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) is an astronaut training facility, such as the Sonny Carter Training Facility at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The NBL is a large indoor pool of water, the largest in the world, in which astronauts may perform simulated EVA tasks in preparation for space missions. The NBL contains full-sized mock-ups of the Space Shuttle cargo bay, flight payloads, and the International Space Station (ISS).
Some stills from the collected video:
While this may seem like a very unusual use for a machine vision camera rather than a professional camera, the excellent image quality, color reproduction, camera consistency, rugged design, camera size, and cost made the Adimec-2000 color camera the right fit for this challenging image capture application.
See true color processing in action at the Vision International Trade Fair for Machine Vision in Stuttgart, Germany November 6-8, 2012 in Booth number 1G68.