Smart Cameras Make Soccer Robots Intelligent: RoboCup Winners at This Year's VISION Exhibition

Ettlingen - Along with various sponsors, Vision Components will present a special eye-catcher at this year's VISION exhibition: At the booth of the Ettlingen-based company (hall 4, booth E32), soccer robots equipped with intelligent VC cameras will compete against each other in two-on-two matches and penalty shootouts. The "Tech United" team from Eindhoven University, Netherlands, which recently won the RoboCup German Open in Magdeburg and finished second in the Middle Size League at the RoboCup in Singapore, will be in charge of the robot soccer players. The robots developed by "Tech United" are equipped with VC 4458-type 1 GHz cameras which are installed to look up at an angle, thus providing a 360° field of vision. Thanks to the Smart Cameras, the robots never lose track of the ball. Intelligent algorithms ensure that game tactics are implemented - a strategy that has repeatedly carried the team into the finals.

Company Background

Vision Components GmbH, founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras, which are able to operate without a PC and can be integrated into almost any industrial facility. Typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Equipped with the proprietary multitasking VCRT operating system, VC Smart Cameras can be easily configured for all possible tasks. Furthermore, VC provides software libraries for a wide range of applications including motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning. Additionally, VC develops custom-tailored solutions for specific tasks such as wafer handling in the solar industry or OEM camera modules for medical devices technology.

Vision Components GmbH
Miriam Schreiber
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76275 Ettlingen

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Director of Business Development
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