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Embedded Vision Insights: February 16, 2012 Edition

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Dear Colleague,

Shortly after declaring bankruptcy on January 19th, longstanding photography pioneer Eastman Kodak announced last week that it was winding down its digital imaging product line this year, focusing going forward on patent licenses, printers, enterprise services, photo labs and (ironically) disposable silver halide film-based cameras. Yet, as anyone who uses online services such as Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Picasa and YouTube already knows, still and video photography is more popular than ever. So what happened? To some degree, Kodak's digital debacle, in spite of debuting the technology nearly 40 years ago, was the result of unwillingness to turn its back on its silver halide heritage and fully embrace the digital future.

But Kodak's not the only company having...