Embedded Vision Systems Gain Traction in Multiple Industries

Embedded vision is being incorporated into a myriad of applications. Even so, a handful of industrial sectors are receiving most of the attention, largely due to economies of scale. Top sectors include automotive, medical, and retail. Taken together, they spotlight three trends in embedded vision systems today: developers are working to drive out cost, shrink device size, and offer enhanced flexibility.

In the automotive sector, most automakers offer models with interior as well as exterior vision sensors. Increasingly, vehicles are becoming connected to their environment, enabling them to adapt to road conditions, avoid obstacles, and communicate with other vehicles.

Embedded vision is now an integral part of the life sciences field, but smaller devices with modular components are critical to fit into smaller and smaller spaces. The progression in embedded vision technology from desk-mounted equipment to mobile equipment to smartphone applications to wearables, each step smaller and more portable, creates greater possibilities for medical applications.

For the retail sector, embedded vision’s capabilities can be active in security surveillance, can identify shopping patterns, communicate traffic and parking information to shoppers.

The challenge still remains, how can embedded vision systems be used to help people and at what cost?

>Read more by Winn Hardin, Vision Online, 4/13/16