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By Keith Reid
Throughout much of the world, a decided chill has entered the air with the arrival of December. Temperatures are dropping along with a blanket of snow for those of us "lucky" enough to live in a northern climate zone. At Advanced Imaging we're hoping to heat the month up a little with our annual Product Showcase Issue. Within these pages are hundreds of innovative products covering the core technology areas of illumination, optics, cameras and sensors, data path, processing, storage, display and software.
Product coverage is always popular with Advanced Imaging readers, and this issue includes a smorgasbord of some of the best that have been released during the past year. It's been said that imaging technology is often more evolutionary than revolutionary, yet some real revolutions can be found within these pages. And, the evolutionary advancements that can be found are hardly insignificant. Resolutions, speed, size, interface options and a range of other capabilities are steadily expanding-often accompanied by revolutionary decreases in price. So enjoy.
Throughout much of the world this is also a time of holiday festivities for people practicing a variety of religions, as well as those with a more secular focus. The staff at Advanced Imaging would like to wish our readers a happy and festive end to the old year, and an exciting transition into the new year. At the magazine, we will continue to provide in-depth coverage of the core technologies and significant applications of those technologies. In response to reader feedback, we will work to enhance our Application and Technology Notes content as well as provide increased feature editorial coverage of innovative technologies. Whether it's a camera used in a military, security or industrial application; a software SDK facilitating machine vision; imaging technology used in to support the sciences; or even a remote sensing application simply used for the amusement of someone sitting behind a screen at home-we will be there taking a look at what's new, interesting and exciting.
As 2006 comes to an end and 2007 rolls around, we look forward to serving your needs.