COMPUTER VISION 2017: THE YEAR IN REVIEWComputer Vision
When in doubt, just add selfie. That’s all it took transform Google’s sleepy and stuffy Arts & Culture smartphone app into a mass appeal meme, as a facial and image recognition feature update enabling you to upload your picture and instantly get your fine art doppelganger proved. In a matter of days, the app shot up to the top of the Android and iOS download charts. Famous faces from Sarah Silverman to Jake Tapper, of course, just added fuel to the viral fire.
User-Generated VR’s Killer AppVR Focus
Making VR on the fly just got a little bit easier, thanks to computer vision. Pisoftech and Panasonic unveiled at CES last week the Pilot Era, a 360-degree camera that uses in-device object recognition to automatically stitch 8K video together into panoramic footage, which can also be edited locally, then uploaded to the cloud as a finished product. This brings user-generated VR one step closer to mass appeal, as previously creators needed special software and an external device, like a smartphone or laptop, to stitch and edit their experiences.
Making Closed-Circuit Cameras Great AgainRT Insights
There are more than 247 million public cameras around the world, but only one percent of the footage they capture is being analyzed. UK startup Aura Vision Labs unveiled a computer vision technology at CES that can ID the gender, age and clothing styles of individuals in said videos, even in crowds. The idea is to apply this technology to stores to more accurately track shopper behavior, without the need for current methods such as loyalty cards, which most people find annoying.
No More Mystery MeatEngadget
The mobile phone is increasingly the center of everything, and the smart diet and home is no exception. Samsung unveiled a food recognition service that utilizes its Bixby Vision virtual assistant to identify food via your smartphone’s camera, which then syncs up with the company’s heath, nutrition and cooking software, doing everything from tracking your health automatically to providing recipes, shopping lists and preheating commands via its various smart refrigerators, ovens and other kitchen appliances.