Embedded vision technology first appeared in consumer technology in smartphones back in 2000. Since then, it’s become ubiquitous in mobile devices and increases in capabilities exponentially every year. Embedded vision technology has invaded the industrial sector too.
Everything from autonomous vehicles to warehouse logistics and security applications are leveraging the power of the latest embedded vision technology to achieve more than ever before.
Embedded Vision: The Move from Consumer to Industrial
Having originally come from the consumer market, the move to the industrial market was a foundational shift in both how the technology is used and what’s expected of it. Advances in CMOS sensor technology and embedded PCs have made these vision systems smaller and more powerful than ever. Because of this, end users want to pay consumer prices but still receive the reliability and performance needed for the industrial sector.
This is often exemplified in the way the users search for vision systems. In traditional vision systems, users typically start by looking for what resolution they need and what types of cameras will solve their unique optical challenges. When looking for embedded vision, users typically consider the processer first and the vision components second.
Embedded Vision Turns a Corner
Given the popularity of embedded vision technology and its rapid advances, many believe the market has reached a turning point in achieving its full potential. The arrival of more powerful embedded processors, in particular, will spur more widespread adoption of embedded vision technology as it will be able to effectively handle the needs of a number of applications.
Further, as deep learning is introduced to industrial processes in small increments, demand for embedded vision will grow. Oftentimes, an enormous amount of visual data is needed for deep learning systems to effectively learn and make judgments about the environment around them.
Embedded vision has grown quickly in popularity since its initial introduction in consumer products. In the transition from consumer to industrial markets, embedded vision is at a turning point in its evolution – demand is heating up and the technology has advanced enough to automate a wide range of applications.
To learn more on this topic, read our Feature Article, “Embedded Vision Advances Come to Fruition in 2019”.