The big stories of 2016

This year has been a busy one for the vision sector, with numerous acquisitions, embedded computing becoming more prominent, and greater interest in 3D and hyperspectral imaging. Greg Blackman looks back at a packed 2016 Buying big The big acquisitions occurred towards the end of the year, with Flir purchasing Point Grey for $253 million in October and Teledyne Technologies buying e2v for £620 million earlier this month. But the company buy-outs began in January with European private equity firm, Ambienta, acquiring high-speed camera manufacturer Mikrotron. Ambienta plans to establish a new machine vision company, LakeSight Technologies, with products from Mikrotron and Tattile, which Ambienta purchased in 2012. On the systems side, Hexagon bought Aicon 3D Systems in April, while lighting firm Gardasoft was acquired by Optex of Japan in…


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