In this edition of Embedded Vision Insights:
- Amazon's Vision-Rich Fire Phone
- Economical Vision Algorithm Development
- Vision in Industrial Automation
- Embedded Vision in the News
|LETTER FROM THE EDITOR|
Amazon's Fire Phone, rumors of which I passed along to you in mid-April, went on sale last Friday subsequent to a mid-June public unveiling. The overall reviews thus far have been somewhat lukewarm. However, the Fire Phone is chock-full of vision-based features, which have held up quite well to review scrutiny.
First off, there are the computational photography capabilities, for still image and video capture, enabled both by the Fire Phone's Google Android foundation and Amazon-developed enhancements (not to mention its 13 Mpixel rear and 2.1 Mpixel front cameras). Next is Firefly technology, which uses object and text recognition algorithms to identify whatever you point the handset's camera at, including (of course) items you might want to price-match and potentially buy from Amazon; television shows and movies shown on a screen in front of you; and web addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers.
Finally, there's Dynamic Perspective, which leverages infrared transmitters and sensors on each of the phone's front four corners to track your head location and orientation, presenting you with parallax-adjusted 3D representations of on-screen objects, along with enabling sophisticated but intuitive one-handed user interface gestures. And, as Qualcomm is happy to point out, a notable percentage of the vision processing takes place on the Hexagon DSP core integrated within the company's Snapdragon application processor.
I encourage you to check out the recently published analysis of the Fire Phone’s prospects by John Feland of Argus Insights, followed by a perusal of iFixit's product teardown. Then head to a nearby AT&T store (if you're in the United States, that is) to try out a Fire Phone for yourself. While you're on the Alliance website, please also peruse the other great content that's appeared there the past two weeks, including multiple product demonstration videos from May's Embedded Vision Summit, two article reprints (one on vision applications in industrial automation, the other on computational photography), and several press releases from Alliance member companies.
And speaking of Summits, mark your calendars now for next spring's event, currently scheduled to take place on April 30, 2015 at the Santa Clara (California) Convention Center. Thanks for your support of the Embedded Vision Alliance, and for your interest in and contributions to embedded vision technologies, products and applications. As always, I welcome your suggestions on what the Alliance can do to better service your needs.
Embedded Vision Summit Technical Presentation: "Using Synthetic Image Generation to Reduce the Cost of Vision Algorithm Development," Clark Dornan, Next Century Corporation
Consumer Electronics Show Product Demonstration: Inuitive
Industrial Automation and Embedded Vision: A Powerful Combination
It’s Tegra K1 Everywhere at Google I/O
Altera Joins the Embedded Vision Alliance
Imagination Technologies to Showcase Latest Graphics and GPU Compute Technologies at SIGGRAPH 2014
MakerBot Expands 3D Printing & Scanning Ecosystem with Exclusive Partnership with Innovative 3D Vision Company SoftKinetic
Qualcomm Announces New Ultra HD Processor for TVs and Set-Top-Boxes
SoftKinetic Teams With NVIDIA to Bring 3D Depth Sensing to Mobile