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NATICK, MA, USA January 6 2016

Cognex Introduces StingRay Attachable Barcode Scanning Accessory for Mobile Devices

New smartphone aiming technology offers faster and easier barcode scanning

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX), the world’s leader in machine vision, today announced the StingRay™ attachable barcode scanning accessory, a patent-pending smartphone attachment that enables faster barcode scanning for light industrial and enterprise applications. The StingRay accessory transforms the built-in flash into an aiming pattern that makes barcode scanning easier for operators while eliminating the need for virtual on-screen aimers.

The StingRay accessory seamlessly integrates with the Cognex® Manatee Works™ Barcode Scanner software development kit (SDK), which supports decoding of more than forty symbologies on all major mobile, desktop and server platforms, including Apple® iOS and Google® Android. This powerful combination of hardware and software enables application developers to implement cleaner and more efficient mobile applications. As a result, mobile devices can replace expensive, traditional mobile computers for light industrial scanning applications.

  • Point and scan Heads-up Barcode Scanning™
  • Scanning without relying on live-image or virtual on-screen aimers
  • Triggered scanning from within apps
  • Seamless integration with Manatee Works Barcode Scanner SDK

“The StingRay accessory is a compelling example of the growing trend of mobile device solutions for retail, healthcare, logistics, commercial services and other enterprise applications,” said Carl Gerst, Senior Vice President, ID Products. “This aiming technology, combined with our premier barcode scanner SDK, displaces traditional, purpose-built mobile computers with powerful, optimized smartphones.”

The StingRay barcode scanning accessory and the Manatee Works Barcode Scanner SDK enable simple, affordable, accurate and fast barcode scanning. For more information on the StingRay suite of light industrial and enterprise barcode scanning solutions, visit: www.stingrayhub.com.

About Cognex

Cognex Corporation designs and manufactures sophisticated machine vision technology that gives products the ability to "see." Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors, and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses, and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify, and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process. Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1 million vision-based products, representing over $4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details, visit Cognex online at www.cognex.com

About Manatee Works

Manatee Works offers simple, affordable, accurate, and fast barcode decoding solutions for smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Our barcode scanning software is robust enough for the most demanding, enterprise-grade applications. Our toolset and complimentary products make those applications a snap to develop. Supporting the widest range of symbologies, platforms, and development frameworks in our competitive landscape, we deliver mobile barcode scanning solutions to a variety of distinguished, world-recognizable customers throughout various industries. Manatee Works’ technology was acquired by Cognex Corporation in 2015. The Manatee Works team remains committed to pioneering innovative mobile solutions, while ensuring our commitment to customers by exceeding their expectations. For details, visit Manatee Works online at www.manateeworks.com

© 2016 Cognex Corporation. Cognex is a registered trademark of Cognex Corporation. StingRay, Manatee Works and Heads-up Barcode Scanning are trademarks of Cognex Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.