Interesting article discussing Robotic Vision

Participants in this discussion included:

* Steve Annen, Dr. G. Sudhir, and Manish Shelat, Adept Technology
* John Keating, Cognex Corporation
* John Clark, Epson Robotics
* Walt Pastorius, LMI
* Ed Roney, Fanuc Robotics America, Inc.
* Adil Shafi, Shafi, Inc.

--Questions asked--
1. When it comes to vision guided robot system is it a hardware or software issue?
2. What are critical hardware issues? What are the concerns associated with lighting, cameras, etc.?
3. What are critical software issues?
4. What is the best way to calibrate a vision guided robot system? How and how often would you recommend such a calibration procedure be performed?
5. Are there some specific integration issues that a prospective buyer should know about?
6. What does it take to succeed with a vision guided robot system application from a supplier's perspective?
7. What does it take to succeed with a vision guided robot system application from a customer's perspective?
8. What advice would you give to someone planning to buy a vision guided robot system?
9. How does one recognize a good application for a vision guided robot system?
10. What might one expect to spend for a vision guided robot system? How does one justify a vision guided robot system?
11. When is 3D needed?
12. What do you anticipate will be the impact of emerging camera standards such as Firewire (IEEE1394), CameraLink, USB 2?
13. What are some applications involving vision guided robotics?

read the article here:
http://www.roboticsonline.com/public...ls.cfm?id=1132