Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Signing on for Hazardous Duty

Remote Ocean Systems' nuclear fuel inspection system with two color zoom cameras (indicated by the red circles) works outside the reactor.
A four-dimensional "image" of seismic data collected by Input/Output's Digital Futurewave sensor.
Micro Video lenses incorporating Edmund Optics' Harsh Environment Optics.
The specialized IMAPCAR parallel processing chip from NEC Electronics boasts 100 gigaOPS (1 billion operations per second) performance.
Rockwell Collins Optronics' Dual Aperture Visible Sensor, DAVS 100.

By Lee J. Nelson
Contributing Editor

Cost-effective seismic data are a ubiquitous requirement. Input/Output's Firefly and Scorpion collect three-dimensional analog or digital, full-wave (multicomponent) information in all environments—from the Arctic, mountain highlands and the desert to the jungle and marsh/transition zones.

Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, Idaho) highlights two recent demonstrations under, arguably, some of the most extreme conditions: the Baja 1000 and the Dakar Rally.

Baja 1000 was a 1,000-mile (1,609-km) off-road race in Lower California from Ensenada, Mexico down to La Paz at the peninsula's tip. Micron executives drove four vehicles, each with two specially engineered automotive imagers on-board. One recorded a driver's-eye-view through the front windscreen while the other portrayed the racer in action behind the wheel. Every moment was captured digitally, allowing the public in on an experience from a never-before-seen perspective.

This past January, Micron obtained video of one of the racing world's most versatile drivers, Robby Gordon. Gordon drove the 29th Dakar Rally which began in Lisbon, Portugal, and ended 4,918 miles (7915 km) later in Dakar, Senegal. Like the Baja, a digital record of the competition was compliments of Micron's image sensor and advanced flash memory technologies, outfitted on Gordon's General Motors' Hummer H3 (jointly sponsored by Toyo Tire USA Corporation and Monster Beverage Company). In-car cameras were programmed to trigger at preset intervals or could be activated by Gordon, at will. Both events were a testament to the durability of Micron's MT9V125 -inch system-on-a-chip and a unique platform to showcase their innovative solutions.

A business unit of DRS Technologies Inc. (Parsippany, N.J.), Night Vision Systems (Allentown, Pa.) offers uncooled thermal imaging systems, lasers and combat identification tools. The MX-2A thermal imager features 320240 resolution and is well-suited to airborne, ground and maritime military security and public safety. For surveillance, reconnaissance, target detection, search and rescue and general observation, MX-2A can be hand-held, tripod mounted or serve as a weapon sight. With a 25 m detector, MX-2A is smaller and lighter than its predecessor. Reduced power consumption translates to fewer batteries. Multiple video ports and a detachable eye-pod make the camera ideal for remote and covert viewing.

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