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Opening Doors to Computer Vision & Deep Learning for Developers

This blog post was originally published at Intel's website. It is reprinted here with the permission of Intel.

At the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara this week, I’m excited to meet with fellow innovators and leaders – all working toward the space of bringing data visualization to life.

Computer vision is the science and technology used by machines to see as a human eye would see. This includes all the hardware and software for capturing, processing, analyzing and understanding digital images.

We have cameras in our smart phones, our cars and homes, and around our cities. And now computer vision is spreading across new industries such as sports, retail, healthcare, robotics, aero-journalism, agriculture, transportation – and more. Despite the differences in applications and business models across markets, the core technologies to execute computer vision – or even transform it into artificial intelligence (AI) - are the same.

Today, developers and data scientists no longer have to be domain experts working at major research centers to bring computer vision and deep learning to life in applications. Every developer with the interest and passion in computer technology has access to a field of open source tools, libraries, frameworks and deep learning models to build their expertise to make computer vision a reality. It’s now an open door for mass developers to put vision inside applications.

What has changed to make computer vision so accessible? We have affordable hardware now - overcoming previous cost barriers available only to the likes of researchers and universities. Heterogeneous hardware and special accelerators are also part of the mix so developers have choices to pick the right performance, cost, flexibility, and scalability for their specific solution needs.

And thanks to Moore’s Law,  - the evolution of computing and technology advancements bring video and image processing, analytics, streaming, and understanding to real-time – adding significant inflection points to efficiency and breaking down barriers to bandwidth constraints.

You may have seen some of the press last week, but if you haven’t – Intel announced its portfolio of end-to-end vision solution products. As part this offering, the OpenVINO™ toolkit (Open Visual Inference & Neural Network Optimization), is a free software package that helps to fast-track the development of high-performance computer vision and deep learning inference into a wide range of applications, from edge to cloud.

The OpenVINO toolkit supports a broad range of functional use cases, including on premise security, object recognition, face detection and more. It delivers optimized libraries and trained models to accelerate your applications as well as your development cycle. You write your code or algorithms once and can deploy easily to multiple types of Intel® platforms and hardware accelerators: CPUs, CPUs with integrated graphics (Intel® Processor Graphics), FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays), and Movidius™ vision processing units (VPUs).

To make things easier for developers, the OpenVINO toolkit is based on common development standards such as OpenCL™, OpenCV* and OpenVX*, has a common API, includes many code samples and 10 pre-trained models, and supports 100+ open source and custom models. Check it out.

Overall, it’s an incredible time for computer vision, and an amazing opportunity for developers to innovate.

Visit the Intel Developer Zone for your free download of the OpenVINO toolkit.

Charlotte Dryden
Visual Computing Developer Solutions Group, Intel Corporation