Mid-month, I mentioned that the U.S. government was considering mandating the inclusion of rear-view cameras in all vehicles, and I pondered what sort of beyond-backup-view applications engineers might find for the resultant image sensors, processors and other circuitry.
Back in mid-November, I discussed taxicab drivers' backlash at the increasing presence of cameras inside vehicles...ostensibly for driver safety reasons (to compel would-be evildoers to suppress their urges, or at minimum to capture in-progress crime evidence for subsequent prosecution) but (the drivers believe) also for Big Brother employee monitoring purposes.
I daresay a number of you are probably going to be shooting some video in the coming days...of kids opening presents, of carolers at your door, of pre-meal toasts...and of drunken New Years behavior perfect for future blackmail evidence. Whatever your motivation and subject, editing the raw footage is a tedious and time-consuming task that you're likely going to dread, if you aren't already doing so in advance.
Jeff Bier and Jeremy Giddings will be representing the Embedded Vision Alliance at CES in Las Vegas January 9-12. Jeff and Jeremy will be meeting with press and analysts, supporting current Alliance Member companies, and meeting with other companies active in the embedded vision market.
The presence of front-facing cameras built into modern cellular phones and tablet computers was initially justified for videoconferencing applications. Similarly, rear-facing cameras' primary function is to obsolete the historical need for separate standalone devices.
As I previously mentioned in mid-October, the latest-generation Android 4 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system from Google touts (among other things) built-in support for facial recognition as a system unlock option.