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Stemmer Imaging and a team of four students from Farnborough Sixth Form College have completed a six-month vision project to develop a system for tracking a football’s trajectory during a penalty kick and to investigate ways of implementing the technique into a smartphone and tablet app.

The project forms part of the Engineering Education Scheme in England and Scotland, an Engineering Development Trust (EDT) programme that links teams of four year 12 or S5/S6 students and their teachers with local companies to work on real scientific, engineering and technological problems.

According to Dr Jon Vickers, technical manager at Stemmer Imaging UK who co-ordinated the technical aspects of the project, the students had to consider the theoretical requirements of capturing 3D data describing the trajectory of the ball and then put that into practice to evaluate the cameras, lenses, software and lighting needed.

They also had to take into account the effects on the ball, such as spin. They then looked at how the techniques could be translated into a game and came up with four possible ideas, before deciding on an app that would allow players to score points by trying to hit different targets in the goal.

Background information

  • Mark Williamson, director of corporate market development at Stemmer Imaging, believes that the UK engineering industry in general and the vision industry in particular will be best served in the future by engineers whose skills include practical experience and understanding of the needs of business as well as their theoretical knowledge.
  • Stemmer Imaging made a small practical contribution to this process through this project, following on from its previous support of EDT with a cash donation in 2011.
  • Williamson said: ‘Although there was a good deal of technical content to this project, there was also a strong business element, with students investigating what was already on the market and learning about the costs of developing a product and the impact they have on profitability.’
  • EDT operates a range of work-related learning schemes to provide opportunities for 11-21 year olds to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills and careers awareness through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised courses.

STEMMER IMAGING is Europe’s largest imaging technology provider with headquarters in Germany and subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland.

Image processing or Machine Vision is used in many different application areas – such as industrial automation, medical imaging, security and traffic technology – as a powerful and cost effective way of implementing automatic quality assurance. Even at high speeds and with stringent accuracy requirements, image processing allows 100% monitoring and thus strengthens the competitive edge of those companies using it.

STEMMER IMAGING customers have access to a wide variety of imaging products from the worlds leading manufacturers. These manufacturers represent the cutting edge of vision technology which is something that is unique in Europe. STEMMER IMAGING are the developers of the world’s leading image processing software platform, Common Vision Blox, and as a manufacturer of customer-specific products, we have a full range of in-house expertise to draw on, allowing us to supply the best possible service to our customers when choosing an imaging solution. STEMMER IMAGING does not produce turn-key solutions – instead, using our close partnerships with a large number of experienced system integrators, we can provide expert technical know-how for the planning, integration and realisation of complete solutions.

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