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Friday, April 07, 2017

Cognex buys machine learning developer for vision systems

US machine vision giant Cognex has bought a Swiss developer of machine learning software, highlighting the increasing interest in artificial intelligence in embedded systems.

ViDi Systems, based in Villaz-St.-Pierre, Switzerland, was founded in 2012 by computational neuroscientist Dr Reto Wyss and the CPA Group, a Swiss industrial holding company and business incubator. This follows two machine vision acquistion late last year.

ViDi’s deep learning software uses artificial intelligence techniques to improve image analysis in applications where it is difficult to predict the full range of image variations that might be encountered. Using feedback, ViDi’s software trains the system to distinguish between acceptable variations and defects.

EnShape in Jena, Germany, was acquired in October for its patented 3D area-scan technology for fast image capture at high resolution, and eliminate the need to mechanically move objects in front of the device as required with laser line scanners. This created a new Cognex engineering centre in Jena.

In August Cognex also completed the acquisition of 3D vision software developer AQSense in Girona, Spain. AQSense develops and sells a library of field-tested 3D vision tools, and the company’s software engineers joined Cognex’s 3D engineering team upon the closing of the acquisition.

The story is here: Cognex continues European buying spree with machine learning developer

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

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