Software Reinvents Machine Vision

MOJTABA HOSSEINI, PLEORA TECHNOLOGIES INC.When technology entrepreneur Marc Andreessen famously wrote “software is eating the world,” he signaled this technology’s increasing power to disrupt existing companies and entire industries. While Andreessen cited numerous examples where software revolutionized the retail, consumer electronics and telecom sectors, today a similar reinvention is playing out in the machine vision market.Thanks to advances in software and the widespread deployment of vision systems in industrial settings, designers can now harness data from countless users to build self-learning imaging systems. Software’s power to transform business models — backed by a global army of cameras and sensors capturing optical data — could also leave some traditional machine vision companies struggling to find the right path forward (Figure 1). Figure 1. Convolutional neural nets have found uses in many…


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