computer vision

In New York, Facial Recognition Debate Goes to School

In New York, Facial Recognition Debate Goes to School

Prompted by an outcry from the New York Civil Liberties Union, officials with New York State Department of Education and the Lockport City School District are trying to hammer out the protocols for a new school security system based on facial and object recognition. The system, called “Aegis”, is being provided by Canadian firm SN…

Waldo Can’t Hide From Facial Recognition

Waldo Can’t Hide From Facial Recognition

There is now a robotic arm that can find Waldo in almost any Where’s Waldo picture, pointing to a dark future of surveillance in which the European Union’s ‘right to be forgotten’ is a distant memory. Developed by marketing firm Redpepper, the tool is the latest product of Google’s AutoML machine learning platform, a piece…

New AI System Can Spot Eye Disease Better Than Doctors

New AI System Can Spot Eye Disease Better Than Doctors

AI-driven computer vision could help to save organic human vision, with a new automated system able to identify over 50 eye diseases more accurately than doctors. It’s the product of a collaboration between AI specialist DeepMind, the UK’s Moorfields eye hospital NHS foundation, and the University of College London. The system is designed to read…

Evolv Technology Marks Face Scanning Security Milestone

Evolv Technology Marks Face Scanning Security Milestone

Boston-based Evolv Technology is celebrating an important milestone with the news that its AI-driven computer vision technology has scanned more than a million people. The company’s platform, Evolv Edge, is designed to scan video feeds for security threats based on a combination of object and facial recognition. Evolv says it conducted trials of its platform…

Computer Vision Specialist Airy3D Rakes in $10 Million in Series A Funding

Computer Vision Specialist Airy3D Rakes in $10 Million in Series A Funding

“Airy3D says its DepthIQ technology can facilitate facial, gesture, and object recognition…” Another computer vision specialist is announcing millions of dollars in investor backing: Montreal-based Airy3D says it has brought in $10 million (USD) through a series-A funding round. The company’s DepthIQ technology is designed to infuse 2D imaging sensors with 3D depth data, drawing…

Art History Academic Turns Face Scanning Tech to Architecture

Art History Academic Turns Face Scanning Tech to Architecture

“…Christensen says they have been able to identify unique characteristics of buildings that point to stylistic influences beyond any initial blueprints.” An art history academic is using computer vision to gather new insights into the creative forces behind architecture. Writing for The Conversation, Peter Christensen, an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of…

Computer Vision Specialist AnyVision Nets $28M in Series-A Funding

Computer Vision Specialist AnyVision Nets $28M in Series-A Funding

Israel-based computer vision specialist AnyVision has raised $28 million in a series-A round of investment, the company has announced. It’s a development reflecting the broader excitement over computer vision technology, with this week alone having seen a couple of major acquisition and investment announcements for other AI firms. Much of the excitement is fueled by…

Image Recognition Market Sees 19.7% CAGR Growth Trend: Report

Image Recognition Market Sees 19.7% CAGR Growth Trend: Report

The global image recognition market is in the middle of a considerable growth trend, according to a new analysis from Progressive Markets. Using 2015 as a benchmark, the India-based research agency says that the market will grow from a value of $13.7 billion to $79.8 billion by 2025, reflecting a CAGR of 19.7 percent. In…

BRIEF: Society Begins to Grapple with Ethics of Biometrics

BRIEF: Society Begins to Grapple with Ethics of Biometrics

Like pretty much any other groundbreaking technology, biometrics has long carried the promise of great social benefit and the risk of potential abuse. It has always been exciting and controversial. But those qualities have only intensified as biometric technologies have advanced in their sophistication. Today, systems are emerging that can identify people through public security…

ZKTeco Seminar Targets Peruvian Market

ZKTeco Seminar Targets Peruvian Market

“…the seminar showcased ZKTeco’s ZKBioSecurity 3.1 and BioTime 7.0 software solutions in particular, and elaborated on how they could be used with other ZKTeco products to enable biometric access control and biometric time and attendance tracking.” ZKTeco is celebrating another successful seminar showcasing its biometric solutions, this time in Peru. The event was held at…

IBM Developing Huge Public Dataset to Help Eliminate Bias from Facial Recognition

IBM Developing Huge Public Dataset to Help Eliminate Bias from Facial Recognition

“IBM is going to release a dataset of 36,000 facial images that will be equally distributed across a range of ethnicities, genders, and ages.” As the competition to develop sophisticated facial recognition systems continues to escalate, IBM is preparing to make a decidedly counterintuitive move, with plans to release a huge dataset for training facial…

Chinese Biometrics Competition Runs on Star Power

Chinese Biometrics Competition Runs on Star Power

China-based online entertainment service provider iQIYI has announced a new competition aimed at pushing the boundaries of video-based biometric identification. It’s called the “Celebrity Video Identification Challenge”, and it will test various AI systems on their ability to identify a celebrity, whether it’s by face, voice, gait, or some other consistent metric. iQIYI says it…

NXP, LG and HELLA Announce Computer Vision For Smart Cars

NXP, LG and HELLA Announce Computer Vision For Smart Cars

“The system’s announcement comes at a time of considerable excitement over smart and connected car technologies…” NXP Semiconductors, LG Electronics, and automotive components supplier HELLA Aglaia have announced a new computer vision system for smart cars that is designed to detect and classify pedestrians and cyclists. Not only can the system identify such vulnerable groups…

Google Study Suggests Multi-Ethnic Training for Computer Vision

Google Study Suggests Multi-Ethnic Training for Computer Vision

Training computer vision systems to recognize the facial biometrics of a range of ethnicities can help to improve their accuracy, suggests a new Google study. Google’s researchers focused their efforts on algorithms designed to detect smiles in images of faces, training them on four race subgroups – Asian, black, Hispanic, and white. The algorithms set…

Qualcomm’s New Camera Modules Will Bring Advanced Computer Vision To Android Devices

Qualcomm’s New Camera Modules Will Bring Advanced Computer Vision To Android Devices

Qualcomm has announced a new set of camera modules that could bring advanced computer vision to Android phones and tablets. The solutions come by way of Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, and are an extension of the Qualcomm Spectra Module Program. The trio of new modules support passive depth sensing, active depth sensing, and iris authentication,…

Neurotechnology Wins Fisheries-Focused Computer Vision Competition

Neurotechnology Wins Fisheries-Focused Computer Vision Competition

Neurotechnology researchers have won first place in a competition designed to find AI solutions for fisheries monitoring. The competition was organized by Kaggle, an online crowdsourcing platform aimed at the tech and research communities. Organized by The Nature Conservancy and aimed ultimately at applying sophisticated computer vision technology to the fight to protect global fisheries…

Neurotechnology Integrates Upgraded Facial Recognition Tech Into New SentiVeillance SDK

Neurotechnology Integrates Upgraded Facial Recognition Tech Into New SentiVeillance SDK

Neurotechnology has integrated its latest VeriLook facial recognition algorithm into its SentiVeillance SDK. As the name suggests, the SentiVeillance SDK is intended to offer sophisticated computer vision for surveillance and security purposes. Its technology can identify and track objects, vehicles, and pedestrians, and can trigger alerts when the enter or exit designated areas. Now, with…

KnuEdge to Host Machine Learning Conference with Calit2

KnuEdge to Host Machine Learning Conference with Calit2

KnuEdge has teamed up with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UC San Diego to organize a conference on machine learning. Called the Heterogeneous Neural Networks (HNN) Conference, the event will take place next spring in San Diego. KnuEdge is a big new player in the computing market. Founded by former…

Computer Vision Tech Market to Reach $48.6B by 2022: Tractica

Computer Vision Tech Market to Reach $48.6B by 2022: Tractica

The computer vision hardware and software market will be worth $48.6 billion by the year 2022, according to a new report from Tractica. Entitled “Computer Vision Technologies and Markets”, the report forecasts a CAGR of 32.9 percent between 2015 and 2022, with the market having been worth about $6.6 billion last year. Tractica predicts that…

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