A New Realm of Innovation in Embedded Systems
The emergence of practical embedded vision technology creates vast opportunities for innovation in electronic systems. In many cases, existing products can be transformed through the addition of vision capabilities. One example of this is the addition of vision capabilities to surveillance cameras, allowing the camera to monitor a scene for certain kinds of events, and alert an operator when such an event occurs. In other cases, embedded vision enables the creation of new types of products, such as surgical robots and swimming pool safety systems that monitor swimmers in the water. Electronic systems companies that adopt vision technology ahead of their competitors will reap big rewards in many markets.
Swimming Pool Safety System
While there are bigger markets for embedded vision products, swimming pool safety is one of those applications that truly shows the positive impact that technological progress can have for society. Every parent will instantly appreciate the extra layer of safety provided by machines that see and understand whether a swimmer is in distress. When tragedies can happen in minutes, an embedded vision system shows the true potential of this technology -- never becoming distracted or complacent in performing the duties of a digital lifeguard.
The technology for embedded vision was first deployed for security applications, addressing the fundamental problem that the millions of security video cameras vastly outnumber the availability of humans to monitor them in real-time. Moreover, studies have shown that the attention span of a human is only about 20 minutes when watching a camera feed. In most cases, video cameras only help to review the scene after an incident has already occurred. A tireless and ubiquitous embedded vision system solves many of these problems and can even provide an alert to take action in real-time. The EVA partnership with IMS Research provides access to analysts who have been following the security and video analytics markets for over 6 years. Find more information in the Security Applications section.
Gesture interfaces for gaming and other consumer devices
The success of KinectTM for Xbox 360 from Microsoft demonstrates that people want to control their machines using natural language and gestures, and embedded vision technology has finally evolved to make this possible in a range of products that extend well beyond gaming. (See conversation with Loyd Case discussing gesture-based interfaces).
Detailed Case Studies
As the Embedded Vision Alliance continues to interact with the community and the growing list of Members, we'll be highlighting some specific case studies in technical detail. Some of these Member-provided case studies are shown in the "Additional Resources" lists at the end of each Technology and Applications section. The Industry Analysis section will highlight new case studies by EVA analysts or contributors.