Communication and Knowledge – Image Processing

Fraunhofer institutes are developing solutions, including all the handling components, in the field of machine vision, image processing and optical measurement and testing technology. Key areas include optical measurement and automatic inspection for quality assurance. Standard cameras, custom solutions, infrared cameras or x-ray sensors are used as imaging sensors.

Kommunikation und Wissen


"Big Picture": Funding obtained for a project to process huge image files of three-dimensional objects

June 3, 2019

When seeking to digitalize three-dimensional objects with high precision, so-called “big pictures” are created. These are image data on completely unprecedented scales. These huge data volumes have to be saved, processed and converted into usable information. 

SHORE™ – Object and face recognition

Gesichts- und Objekterkennung SHORE™
© Fraunhofer IIS / Kurt Fuchs

SHORE™ is the result of years of research and development activities, which culminated in a highly-optimized software library. The software enables the detection of objects and faces, as well as detailed facial analyses. Because of the high degree of optimization, it can be adapted to nearly any platform and operating system, especially mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

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Digitalisierung vonWeltkulturerbe - CultLab3D
© Fraunhofer IGD

All over the world, wars and natural disasters threaten the continued existence of our cultural treasures. CultLab3D captures and records not only artifacts’ geometry and texture but also their optical material properties. For example, the same point on the surface of a mineral can differ in appearance depending on perspective and the angle of incident light, as its absorption and reflection properties are different in each direction.

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Compound eyes for industry and smartphone

Ultra-thin camera developed

The first prototype of the technology transfers the images from the camera to the smartphone by Bluetooth via a transmission box.
© Fraunhofer IOF
The first prototype of the technology transfers the images from the camera to the smartphone by Bluetooth via a transmission box.

Fraunhofer researchers have developed a process enabling the production of a two millimeter flat camera. Similar to the eyes of insects, its lens is partitioned into 135 tiny facets. Following nature‘s model, the researchers have named their mini-camera concept facetVISION. At the CES technical trade fair in Las Vegas, they will be presenting it from January 5 to 8, 2017 ( LVCC Hall, South Hall 1, booth 20944).

  • The mini-camera from the Fraunhofer IOF has a thickness of only two milli- meters at a resolution of one megapixel.
  • The cameras are therefore suitable for use in the automotive and printing industries and in medical engineering.
  • Thanks to their low thickness, their basic principle may change the design of future smartphones.

Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group

The Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group serves as a one-stop shop for industrial customers and media enterprises.

Fraunhofer Vision Alliance

The allianced institutes offer services relating to applications of innovative sensors, from infrared to x-ray, plus the associated handling apparatus.