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Icing Gingerbread Biscuits

This December, the IET’s Vision and Imaging Technical Network is giving an award to the best technology demo in the field of Vision and Imaging. 

Applicants with the most impressive technologies have been invited to take part in a final dedicated demonstration session during the ICDP2019 conference in London (16-18 December, University of Westminster), where each demo will be judged by a panel of experts and participants of the ICDP conference.

We're very pleased to say that our very own Fred Gabel has been shortlisted to win the award and is travelling up to London to present his project - 'Gingerbread 3D Detection for Robot Icing'.

The work that Fred is presenting is a clever robot vision application that enables a robot with a biscuit icing depositor to accurately apply icing to a tray of freshly baked biscuits. The key here is the very localised 3D profiling of each biscuit. This has to be very accurate so that the distance between the depositor and the surface of the biscuit is maintained to sub millimetric accuracy. The result for the bakery is massive cost savings and increased throughput, as the production of these handmade biscuits can be dramatically increased without adding more labour costs. A true example of humans and robots working together for maximum efficiency.

The Scorpion Vision 3D icing robot system can be used for any bakery product, including birthday cakes where the top of the cake is a dome shape! See a video here.

Fred's paper is presented below.