Machine Vision & Microscopy: Intermingling of Man and Machine

So, at this point, you are probably wondering what this title is about. The “Intermingling of Man and Machine,” sounds like a science fiction book about cyborgs. It is about the relationship between the imaging of man and machine.

The “Closer Picture.”

Machine Vision & Medical Imaging require high resolution, low noise images, and fast frame rates. Advancements in these technologies bring us closer to the answers we seek about ourselves and the world. More specifically, we see industries demanding better sensors to improve applications. Developing applications grants deeper views of how life works.

The CMOS Revolution

Back in the 1990s, Eric Fossum led a team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab that came up with CMOS technology as a way to reduce the size of cameras launched on interplanetary spacecraft  (MICHAELIDES, 2011). The drive to improve interplanetary space travel brought us closer to Planet Earth and our bodies. This is the meaning of the intermingling of man and machine.


The push to explore beyond the stars has led to some amazing inventions known as “spinoffs.” Well-known spinoffs are LEDs, Anti-Icing Systems, Artificial Limbs, Fire Fighting Gear, and the Ventricular Assist Device. Naming all the spinoffs inventions would be a labor of love. Spinoff inventions have advanced industries such as medical, transportation, public safety, and public recreation. The CMOS lens spun off to play a major role in the advancement of Machine Vision and Medical Imaging.


For decades, the life sciences-centered on the pharmaceutical and medical device industries-have been a powerhouse of innovation, technological advancement and economic growth (Slaper, 2013). Companies such as PixeLINK are leading the way with a variety of imaging options. PixeLINK’s USB3 Vision compliant camera lines are ideal for OEMs and organizations seeking reliable, high-quality industrial cameras with fast data transfer speeds. PixeLINK now offers new USB 3.0 industrial cameras using the latest Sony IMX CMOS sensors. PixeLINK’s PL-D family of cameras links together the benefits of high frame rate CMOS technology with the high-speed data throughput of USB 3.0 technology.

Bringing it Together

Aegis Electronic Group, Inc. is a company who takes pride in the work they do, because it is making a difference in the world. In partnership with PixeLINK, Aegis is bringing consumers the best in industrial and medical imaging. Aegis carries a variety of products to manage your Imaging Applications. We all know how far we have come together. The next step is to discover new fields of exploration. These fields are in us, near us, and potentially light years away.




MICHAELIDES, L. (2011, Summer). Inventions: CMOS Image Sensor. Dartmouth Engineer – The Magazine of Thayer School of Engineering.

Slaper, T. F., Ph.D. (2013). Bio-statistics: Comparing the productivity and importance of the life sciences. Indiana Business Review, 88(3), 1-7. Retrieved from

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