3D (i.e. depth-discerning) cameras, along with the image sensors they're based on, are commonly mentioned in the embedded vision coverage found here on the site. Some times, accurate depth sensing is fundamental to enabling an application. Other times, it makes an application richer than might otherwise be the case, as with gesture interfaces.
As I've written many times before, one key indication that embedded vision has gone "mainstream" is its embrace by the technology industry. IC, core, subsystem, software and services suppliers are making substantial development investments, and the resultant products are being purchased in volume by numerous systems companies. But don't misunderstand; ongoing robust academic activity is also key!
What do you do if you know what embedded vision technology, product and/or service you need, but don't know where to obtain it? The Embedded Vision Alliance has developed several resources to assist you in this endeavor. First off is Find a Supplier. After you fill out and submit the online information request form, it goes directly to the Alliance staff. Staff members will review your request and forward it to appropriate Embedded Vision Alliance member companies, who will then follow up directly with you.
Back in July, I mentioned that the upcoming "Kinect 2.0" peripheral for the next-generation Xbox One would implementation-transition from the structured light technology used in its first-generation Kinect precursor to a time-of-flight approach.
Embedded Vision Alliance member AMD's yearly Developer Summit (APU 13, for short) will take place next month, November 11-13 to be exact, in San Jose, California. Alliance founder Jeff Bier will one of the featured speakers at the conference, delivering a presentation entitled "Creating Smarter Applications and Systems Through Visual Intelligence." Here's an abstract:
Professor Brian Lovell of the University of Queensland, Australia, who's also Chief Technical Officer at Imagus Technology, is a well-known figure in the fields of fields of computer vision and pattern recognition. Lovell is also a long-time advisor to (and advocate of) the Embedded Vision Alliance.