January 11, 2012

The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0: Upgraded Video Capture Steals The (Consumer Electronics) Show

Parrot's first-generation AR.Drone has proven to be (along with quad-rotors from other companies such as Ascending Technologies) a popular platform for implementing autonomous flight and other embedded vision algorithms in both hobbyist and academic research settings. Check out, for example, the following video:
January 11, 2012

A Living Room (Embedded) Vision: Samsung Brings Image Sensors To The Television

The persistent rumors of an impending Apple-branded television (likely integrating, among other things, the functionality of today's standalone Apple TV STB) seemingly has other consumer electronics manufacturers motivated to get out in front of the folks at One Infinite Loop, judging from the news coming out of Las Vegas.
January 10, 2012

A Six-By-Six Pixel Cluster: Fujifilm Take Another Stab At The Image Sensor

As I previously mentioned in a technical article published to the Embedded Vision Alliance site last August, the Bayer Pattern (named after Eastman Kodak's Bryce E. Bayer, its inventor) is by far the most common filter array pattern used with both CCDs and CMOS image sensors.
January 10, 2012

Embedded Vision For Driver Assistance: An Aftermarket-Enabled Transition, Albeit Via Camera Phone Assimilation?

Government regulation coupled with manufacturer motivation seems to be building a "perfect storm" that's poised to push image sensors and vision processors into automobiles in a big way, specifically for driver-assistance purposes (rear-view augmentation, front-view collision avoidance, lane departure warnings
January 9, 2012

Microsoft Kinect's Increasingly Upbeat Fate: Sales, Hardware And Software Updates

Steve Ballmer's CES-officially-opening keynote is under way as I type this, but thanks to the liveblogs of folks such as Engadget and The Verge (not to mention the Microsoft-served live video stream), I'm able to keep up even though I'm not in attendance in Las Vegas.
January 9, 2012

Intel's Ultrabook Gesture Interface Cues: For EVA Followers, They're Old News

It's probably not surprising to any close follower of technology that the Ultrabook form factor snagged center stage at Intel's press briefing earlier today.
January 8, 2012

Apple's iOS: Embedded Vision Developments

Back in late October, I mentioned a number of filed-and-granted Apple patents related to embedded vision.
January 7, 2012

No Pudding For You! To Kids, Intel And Kraft May Be Cruel*

Facial recognition technology may not yet be able to swiftly (or for that matter, reliably regardless of speed) identify a particular person, but it's already able to do a credible job with lesser-complexity tasks, such as discerning an individual's gender, ethnicity or general age group.
January 7, 2012

Vision-Based GUI Control: Tobii Makes It So

Shortly before Christmas, I mentioned how Sweden-based Tobii hoped to use eye-tracking algorithms in conjunction with image sensor-inclusive automobile interiors to (for example) awaken drivers when they were nodding off or alert parents when their behind-the-wheel teenagers were paying more attention to text m
January 5, 2012

Embedded Vision Processing At CES: CEVA's MM3101 Is the Company's Latest And Greatest

The 2012 Consumer Electronic Show officially begins next Monday night with Steve Ballmer's (Microsoft CEO) keynote, but a number of companies are already announcing their latest-generation technologies and products ahead of the crush of press releases to come. Among them is Embedded Vision Alliance member CEVA, who yesterday morning unveiled the newest member of its MM3000 architecture, the CEVA-MM3101.