Are you an early-stage start-up company developing a new product or service incorporating or enabling computer vision? Do you want to raise awareness of your company and products with vision industry experts, investors and entrepreneurs? Want a chance to win $5,000 in cash plus membership in the Embedded Vision Alliance? If so, apply for a chance to compete in the Vision Tank, part of the Embedded Vision Summit, which will take place May 22-24, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. The Vision Tank is the Embedded Vision Summit's annual start-up competition, showcasing the best new ventures using computer vision in their products or services. The deadline for Vision Tank entries is tomorrow, Wednesday, January 31. Also, register to attend the Embedded Vision Summit while Super Early Bird discount rates are still available, using discount code NLEVI0130.
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Positions Available for Computer Vision Engineers at DEKA Research
Legendary inventor Dean Kamen founded DEKA to focus on medical innovations aimed to improve lives around the world. DEKA's team of over five hundred professionals apply their engineering, design, manufacturing and quality expertise to make DEKA a hot spot for creating innovative solutions and advanced technologies. DEKA is one of the leading research and development companies in the country and is the birthplace of some of the most innovative and life-changing products of our time. DEKA now seeks engineers with expertise in all facets of practical computer vision, from algorithm development to technology selection to system integration and testing. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making Cozmo See
In this presentation, Andrew Stein, Lead Computer Vision Engineer at Anki, describes the vision capabilities of Cozmo, Anki's latest consumer robotics product. Cozmo is a sophisticated entertainment robot focused on personality, interactivity, and game play. It was one of the hottest toys of 2016, earning a spot amongst the top two best-selling premium toys of that holiday season. In addition to covering high-level architecture and functionality, Stein discusses some of the challenges of building a capable vision system at a scale and price point for the consumer market. Also see Stein's demonstration of Cozmo in action.
Vision Challenges in a Robotic Power Tool
Shaper Tools has developed a first-of-its-kind robotic power tool enabled by embedded vision. Vision is used to track the tool's orientation in 3D at 100 Hz to an accuracy of 0.01 inches or better, in an uncontrolled environment using a single inexpensive sensor. This talk from Alec Rivers, company co-founder, describes the system and discusses the challenges of making a computer vision system robust enough for a consumer product.
MEDICAL AND RESEARCH APPLICATIONS
Another Set of Eyes: Machine Vision Automation Solutions for In Vitro Diagnostics
In vitro diagnostics (IVD) are tests that can detect diseases, conditions, or infections. The use of automation, including machine vision inspection, in IVD has increased steadily, and is now a standard practice. Vision-based laboratory automation enables greater throughput efficiency and minimizes the risk of human error. But IVD is a challenging application: the healthcare industry requires systems that are, at a minimum, fail-safe, and ideally, error-proof. Machine vision systems for IVD (and related life sciences) therefore require a robust development phase including an iterative design-validate process to ensure that the system is safe for use. This presentation from Sadie Zeller, Manager of Global Product Management and the Clinical Vertical Market at Microscan Systems, addresses some of the key requirements and constraints of healthcare vision applications, and highlights approaches for application design and testing to meet tough industry demands.
Designing a Wearable Imaging Device – for Mice
Extremely small imaging systems can enable applications in diverse areas such as healthcare, manufacturing and wearable devices. In this presentation, Shung Chieh, Vice President of Engineering at Inscopix, explores the challenges encountered in designing one such tiny imaging system: Inscopix develops miniaturized microscopes that enable neuroscientists to visualize the brain activity of awake and freely-moving mice. He discusses how his company designs these microscopes to meet form factor, thermal, data integration, and data analysis challenges.