February 12, 2012

Analyzing Twins: A Challenging Data Set For Facial Recognition Algorithms

Back in mid-August, I mentioned the Twin Days Festival held each year in Twinburg, Ohio, and (perhaps not surprising to you at this point) attended by identical twins around the world. Researchers from the University of Notre Dame also regularly attend the Twin Days Festival, capturing images of those identical twins and using those photographs as input data for optimizing facial recognition algorithms.
February 6, 2012

Got Skin Cancer? Embedded Vision May Have the Answer

I've devoted a fair amount of focus in recent months to embedded vision's positive impacts on personal health monitoring; to discern pulse rate, for example, along with respiration and blood alcohol content.
January 30, 2012

Making Things See: New from O'Reilly

One of the to-date reliable observations which guides my professional life is that a technology has "made it" when O'Reilly Media decides to cover it. Not that any of us in the embedded vision industry had any doubts until now, mind you, but it's time to extend congratulations to the concept of hacking the Microsoft Kinect.
January 30, 2012

Kinect Built Into the PC: Prototypes Suggest Inevitability

Two days from now, the PC-tailored and "close view"-supportive variant of Microsoft's Kinect will reportedly be available for sale.
January 23, 2012

Image Compression: Continued Breakthrough Attention

Sometimes, I confess, I get a little jaded about technology...when it seems that all of the fundamental problems have been solved, and that we're all just waiting on Moore's Law semiconductor trends to enable the algorithm-implementation ICs to be sufficiently cost-effective, low-energy-consumptive, etc to enable broad market adoption. Sometimes...but then a news item drops into my inbox and resurrects my confidence in continued tech breakthroughs.
January 23, 2012

Kinect for Windows' "Close Mode": Firmware Seemingly Carries The Full Load

Two weeks ago, when I first wrote about Microsoft's upcoming Kinect for Windows, I wondered how substantially it'd differ from the Xbox 360-intended model, and whether the changes would reflect evolution in software, hardware or both.
January 16, 2012

CogniVue's Camera Development Module: A Reference To Make Your Next Design Memorable

CEVA wasn't the only Embedded Vision Alliance member to make notable news at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
January 13, 2012

Camera Cognition: Finally, True Facial Recognition

Every time I discuss the topics of "facial recognition" and "digital cameras" in the same breath, Jeff Bier validly corrects me. That's because while cameras nowadays commonly do facial detection, i.e. identifying people in a scene and adjusting exposure, focus and other settings to optimize their digital image reproduction, they don't identify specific individuals...
January 12, 2012

Online Clothes Shopping: Bodymetrics' PrimeSense-Enabled Offering

Back in early November, I wrote about Bodymetrics' scanning booth, installed in London's Westfield Stratford shopping mall, which recommends the ideal pair of jeans after you strip to your skivvies and let it scan your bod.
January 12, 2012

Eye-Tracking Technology: A Tobii Demonstration and Freescale's Aspiration

In recent weeks, I've discussed Tobii's eye-tracking technology several times, both for its ability to monitor driver attention in vehicles, and to control next-generation operating systems' graphical user interfaces.