November 26, 2012

Raspberry Pi: A Cost-Effective, Increasingly Feasible Embedded Vision Platform Gets A Digital Eye

As a recent writeup in ExtremeTech rightfully notes, the $25-35 price point of the Raspberry Pi board in combination with its impressive capabilities at that cost:
November 25, 2012

Gesture-Enabled User Interfaces: Soon To Be Mainstream On Smartphones And Tablets?

Back in late September, I told you about Movi.Kanti.Revo, a client-side-rendered, HTML5- and web browser-based, and gesture interface-implemented application co-developed by Cirque du Soleil and Google. For the moment, at least, Movi.Kanti.Revo is only supported on conventional computers (along with a limited set of browsers, at that).
November 25, 2012

Android 4.2: Still "Jelly Bean", But A Beefier Panorama Mode And Other Features For You

Google didn't evolve the project name when incrementing from Android 4.1 (introduced in late June) to the more recent and latest 4.2 release. However, the newest "Jelly Bean" version makes several notable imaging improvements that will be of interest to embedded vision application developers.
November 25, 2012

Acknowledging A Digital Imaging Pioneer: Bryce Bayer

The image sensor is a key piece of any embedded vision system design, of course. As such, many of you are probably already familiar with the term "Bayer Pattern," which I discussed in some detail in a technical article published last fall.
November 16, 2012

ID'ing The Intoxicated: Embedded Vision Picks Out The Inebriated

Speaking of infrared imaging...researchers Georgia Koukiou and Vassilis Anastassopoulos of the University of Patras in Greece recently published (in the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics) the results of a study of 20 volunteers to test sobriety (or not) by means of computer algorithms.
November 16, 2012

Google's Book Scanning: An Open Source Offering

One of the more impressive embedded vision implementations (IMHO) that I've come across, albeit one of the more potentially troubling from a copyright infringement perspective, is Google's book-scanning, de-warping system.
November 13, 2012

Kinect For Windows Advancements: 3-D Modeling And JavaScript Projects

As I've discussed in a number of past news writeups, Microsoft has now broadened its vision for the Kinect 3-D camera (and microphone array) system beyond its Xbox 360 game console origins to also encompass computer interfaces, thereby formalizing a relationship that existed from Kinect's earliest days courtesy of the hacker community.
November 13, 2012

CogniMem Technologies Garners Frost & Sullivan Technology Accolades

Embedded Vision Alliance Member CogniMem Technologies announced yesterday that it was the recipient of a 2012 North American New Product Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan (a technology analysis and consultancy firm) for CogniMem's CM1K Neural Network System-On-Chip. The entire analysis report is available for download from CogniMem's website (PDF).
November 13, 2012

The Society For Information Display Showcases Gesture Interfaces

If you're located in or near Silicon Valley (or aren't, but have access to a computer), are interested in gesture-based user interfaces, and don't have any plans for tomorrow evening, this post is for you. The Bay Area SID (Society for Information Display) chapter sponsors monthly technical seminars on various display-related topics, for SID members and non-members alike.
October 24, 2012

Apple's Latest Tablet Upgrades: Embedded Vision Application Developers Will Be Pleased

Apple introduced a plethora of new and upgraded hardware yesterday, including enhancements to several traditional computer products: the iMac (thinner screen), 13" MacBook Pro ("Retina" display) and Mac mini (Intel "Ivy Bridge" CPUs).