Computer vision evolves towards ubiquity

For most of its history, computer vision was a topic of academic research, gaining its first sizable commercial success in factory automation applications, where it has become an essential technology. Nevertheless, vision has remained a niche technology – one that most people do not directly use or interact with on a daily basis. Now, however, thanks to the emergence of cost-effective processors, image sensors and other semiconductor devices, along with robust algorithms, computer vision can be incorporated into a range of systems – including cost, size and power-constrained devices. The Embedded Vision Alliance, a worldwide organization of computer vision hardware, software and service providers founded in 2011, uses the term “embedded vision” to refer to this growing use of computer vision technology in a range of embedded systems, mobile devices,…


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