September 26, 2013

Apple's iPhone 5S: The Camera's Once Again The Primary Focus

As I suspect a notable percentage of you already realize, Apple earlier this month unveiled its latest iPhone 5C and 5S cellular handsets, both of which went on sale last week.
September 26, 2013

Sony's Accessory Approach To Optical Zoom Is Inventive, But May Require Too Much Pocket (and Wallet) Room

Smartphones and tablets are compelling platforms for implementing embedded vision applications for numerous reasons, as I've already written and spoken about on several past occasions.
September 26, 2013

Gesture Control: The Nintendo Wii, Along With Software That's Free, Achieves The Desired Goal

Kudos to Gizmodo for the heads-up on a just-published, very informative video by Computerphile, shown above. It captures an interview with several researchers from Nottingham Trent University's Interactive Systems Research Group in the United Kingdom. With clinical medical applications (such as use by stroke victims) in mind, they've developed a prototype gesture interface system that leverages a "glove", a Wiimote, and several open-source and free software packages.
September 5, 2013

Elon Musk: In Gesture Interfaces We Can Trust

Elon Musk is, I've concluded, the closest thing to Leonardo Da Vinci or another Renaissance Man that we have in modern times.
September 5, 2013

Intel's (and SoftKinetic's) Perceptual Computing: A Creative Labs-Branded Camera Gets It Going

Intel's aspirations to evolve the means by which we interact with computers beyond the conventional keyboard, mouse and trackpad, specifically extending the "vision" (pun intended) to capabilities such as gestures, gaze tracking and face recognition, are well documented at this point.
August 30, 2013

Samsung And Android: Multiple Embedded Vision Platforms You Shouldn’t Avoid

Nokia and partner Microsoft, whose Lumia 1020 I wrote about two days ago, don’t (of course) have exclusive license to innovation within the camera-inclusive smartphone space.
August 28, 2013

Nokia's Lumia 1020: A Smartphone With Image Quality A-Plenty

As a recently published article authored by the Alliance notes, modern smartphones provide abundant imaging-related hardware resources and corresponding operating system and application capabilities that, while they might have been originally intended for still and video photography and videoconferencing purposes, are equally applicable to a variety of embedded vision applications.
August 23, 2013

Google Glass: A Teardown Analysis

Earlier this month, I passed along word of the teardown of the Leap Motion gesture interface peripheral, one of the better-known recent embedded vision examples by virtue of its consumer electronics focus and consequent extensive potential-customer interest and press coverage.
August 20, 2013

OpenCV Acceleration on Zynq: An Upcoming Xilinx Webinar Will Make You Think

As past presentations and documentation have hopefully already made clear, Xilinx views its Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs (combining "soft" FPGA fabric and dual ARM Cortex-A9 "hard" cores) as ideal processing platforms for implementing embedded vision designs.
August 7, 2013

Embedded Vision at NIWeek: Jeff Bier's Presentation is a Thorough Critique

As those of you who've been monitoring the upcoming events page on the Alliance website (or who saw a previous news post) already know, Embedded Vision Alliance founder Jeff Bier spoke at Alliance member company National Instruments' NIWeek Conference earlier today.