This report examines the technology behind vision systems, the market’s key players, vision’s impact on different robotics sectors, and the industry’s recent performance and future expectations.

If previous generations of robots were typified by durability, task repeatability and speed, the next generation, thanks to the addition of real-time embedded vision systems, will be known for nimbleness, flexibility, safety and greater precision. This latest evolution is being ushered in by real-time smart cameras with three-dimension and multiple-spectrum capabilities, brain-simulating algorithms and powerful dedicated processors.

Vision technology is one of the cornerstones and key ingredients of robotics’ next biggest leaps. To understand better how the market is taking shape, how to leverage this technology in robotics, and who the key players are, download this report.

Table of Contents:

I. Introduction
Robotics 2.0?
Automated factory decision-making
Ubiquity starts here
Where is the money?

II. Enter Today’s Machine Vision
Adding depth to images
Wafer-level optics
Multi-spectrum cameras
Vision’s invisible alphabet: IR, UV and X-ray
The CCD/CMOS debate
CMOS’ aces in the hole
Processing speeds
Better algorithms
MEMS

III. Machine Vision Industry by the Numbers
Shaky share prices
A surprising sales jump in 2013
Mid-term growth for industrial and non-industrial
Sensor revenue
Who is buying?
Robot makers: divergent strategies at Adept and ABB

IV. Following the Money
Automatix to Nao
Round-up of recent acquisitions
Funds dithering in the wind
One fund likes machine vision now
Round-up of funds in vision

V. Industry Challenges
Making the case for machine vision’s ROI
The self-defeating lack of standards
Integration and training

VI. Conclusions

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