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MVTec HALCON

MVTec Embedded Vision HPeek Demo​

MVTec Software GmbH provides HPeek which proves the essence of MVTec HALCON with a selected number of Machine Vision software and solutions for a broad variety of industries.

It is suitable for embedded systems such as the Toradex computer on module (SoM) offerings. Since it runs on top of Toradex' standard Linux BSP, you have the added value of MVTec HALCON's on top of a reliable system on module solution.

Watch our joint webinar with MVTec: An introduction to Embedded Vision with MVTec HALCON

HPeek​

MVTec HALCON Toradex Easy Installer image format offers HPeek, a tool to demonstrate HALCON machine vision and HALCON image processing performance and key features regardless of a commercial license. The provided demo runs a series of image processing algorithms applied to offline images calculated in the target embedded system device, e.g. plant segmentation demo shown below.

Multiple object detection

Plant segmentation

Moving direction and speed estimation segmentation

Supported Modules​

The following Computer on Modules are supported:

  • Apalis iMX6
  • Apalis TK1

Supported Displays​

While you can use a wide variety of displays and monitors, additional configuration may be required for a specific setup.

A section at the end of this guide provides instructions about the display and touch screen configuration.

Intended Use​

This partner demo image is meant for the evaluation of the technology. It is not suitable for development or production.

How to Get Started​

This section provides instructions for you to quickly get started with MVTec HALCON

Load the Toradex Easy Installer on the target module and select the MVTec HALCON demo image from the list of available images:

Installing MVTec HALCON using the Toradex Easy Installer

Test HPeek​

When the installation ends, power-cycle the board and wait until you see a desktop environment. Please find HPeek and its ReadMe desktop icons and run the application with double click.

Run HPeek by the desktop icon

Configurations in HPeek

It is possible to find HPeek and configure it by following the next steps:

Open the File Manager located at the bottom bar in the left

Go to /opt/halcon/examples/hpeek

Open the config.txt file with L3afpad

Pick which application demo you would like to run and change window width and height

Check out the list of HPeek applications

Applications listed below appear in the same order as config.txt

Demo applications
Find expiration date in pharmaceutical packages
Identify wine bottles
Perform bead inspection
Read braille characters in pharmaceutical packages
Segment plants using MSER Segmentation
Test mixed blisters for composition
Read distorted ECC200 patterns
Track engine parts
Find and read different barcodes
Inspect bottle mouths for damage
Detect rotated dot prints
Locate cocoa packages
Inspect textures of leather samples
Detect errors in a mesh
Detect moving objects
Print inspection using variation model
Inspect the radius of bonding balls
Extract ID numbers of parcel
Read ECC200, Aztec, QR code, Micro QR data codes and PDF 417
Detect defects on Printed Circuit boards
Locate metal parts in 3D world coordinates
Segment fuses using color information
Create image mosaic of a die
Inspect a punching die of razors
Measure radius of steel balls
Extract roads centers from aerial images
Recognize multiple metal parts
Monitor cars and people on a crossing
Inspect the print on a pen clip
Get 3D position of circular holes
Determine the age of a tree

Install MVTec HALCON​

MVTec HALCON is a commercial offering from MVTec Software GmbH.

Develop and Deploy Applications​

MVTec HALCON provides a highly interactive Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Machine Vision compatible with Linux, Windows and macOS operating systems in the host and Linux, Windows CE, Android and other operating systems in the target: HDevelop development environment enables a fast time-to-market and ease of use with a large set of examples, some of them shown in HPeek.

A HDevelop program can be easily integrated into your application since it has interfaces with C, C++, C# and VB.NET where it is possible to access all of its operators to perform machine vision procedures in a few lines of highly optimized code, once it is GPU accelerated and has full support of available instruction sets (neon support for ARM platforms).

Next Steps​

For more information about how to develop a HALCON Application head over to the extensive MVTec Documentation.

Display and Touch Screen​

Displays and Monitors used in Embedded Systems are available in a myriad of configuration possibilities - resistive, capacitive or without touch, single or multi touch, different resolution, density of pixels, pin-out and clock frequency are some examples.

To make things easy for you, Toradex provides specific instructions on how to use its display offerings as well as comprehensive information about how to interface your custom display or monitor to Toradex modules. Please refer to the table below:

DisplayDisplay ResolutionTouch Screen SupportTouch Screen Calibration
Resistive Touch Display 7" ParallelFirst Steps with Parallel Resistive Touch Display - ResolutionSupported out-of-the-boxTouch Screen Calibration (Linux)
Capacitive Touch Display 7" ParallelFirst Steps with Capacitive Touch Display 7 Inch Parallel - ResolutionFirst Steps with Capacitive Touch Display 7 Inch Parallel - Touch ScreenTouch Screen Calibration (Linux)
VGA monitorDisplay Output, Resolution and TimingsUSB HID touch screen works out-of-the-boxTouch Screen Calibration (Linux)
DVI/HDMI monitorDisplay Output, Resolution and TimingsUSB HID touch screen works out-of-the-boxTouch Screen Calibration (Linux)
• For additional comprehensive information
• If you use another display/monitor
Display Output, Resolution and Timings• Compile the specific kernel driver: Build Linux kernel
• Enable it in the device-tree: Device Tree Customization
Touch Screen Calibration (Linux)

Downloads​

Download offline installers and older releases of the Partner Demo Image in this section.

Apalis iMX6​

Apalis TK1​

MVTec HALCON Licensing Statement​

MVTec HALCON is commercial software. Buy HALCON from one of MVTec's distributors

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