I earlier write about new camera technologies concentrating on light field photography. There are many other new camera technologies that deserve to be mentioned.
Is ‘vision’ the next-gen must-have user interface? article tells that IMS Research issued recently a press release questioning if Apple and the iPad are falling behind competitors in user interface technologies. The industry still wants to know: Where will the battle lines be drawn for the next-generation user interface – beyond touch. Will it be gesture, motion, or voice? A growing number of FPGA, DSP and processor companies are now betting the future on embedded vision. Jeff Bier, president of Berkeley Design Technology, Inc., said, “Thanks to Microsoft’s Kinect (used in Xbox 360), we now have ‘existence proof’ for embedded vision. We now know it works.” Embedded vision is in fact a “classic long-tail story”: There are thousands of applications; and its market is extremely diverse. IMS Research said the market for intelligent automotive camera modules alone was estimated at around $300 million in 2011 and is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of over 30% to 2015. The article also mentions some interesting application examples which are worth to go through.
The next killer app: Machines that see article asks: Do embedded processors shape applications, or is it the other way around?
In reality, it works both ways. This is particularly evident in digital-signal-processing-intensive applications, such as wireless communications and video compression. These applications became feasible on a large scale only after the emergence of processors with adequate performance and sufficiently low prices and power consumption. And once those processors emerged, these applications started to take off. Then, the growing market attracted competition and investment.
Image processing has evolved to state that many things earlier though to be science fiction or available to intelligence agencies are nowadays widely available. Facebook Facial Recognition: Its Quiet Rise and Dangerous Future article tells that new facial recognition technology used to identify your friends in photos could have some interesting applications–and some scary possibilities. Facebook would be using facial recognition to suggest the names of friends who appeared in newly uploaded photos. Fake ID holders beware: facial recognition service Face.com can now detect your age article tells that fake IDs might not fool anyone for much longer, because Face.com claims its new application programming interface (API) can be used to detect a person’s age by scanning a photo. With its facial recognition system, Face.com has built two Facebook apps that can scan photos and tag them for you. The company also offers an API for developers to use its facial recognition technology in the apps they build. Its latest update to the API can scan a photo and supposedly determine a person’s minimum age, maximum age, and estimated age.
Image editing is nowadays easy and images everywhere. Digg pointed to article Verifeyed uses a camera’s ‘mathematical fingerprint’ to find manipulated images that tells that nalysis startup Verifeyed wants to bring a new a sense of legitimacy to the world of digital images. Image editing tools like Adobe Photoshop easily allow the creation of fake images with just a few clicks, so as a result, digital images have lost their trustworthiness. Verifeyed plans solve the problem using its patent pending technology that is able to certify the originality (or absence of modification) for digital images taken from any device. It uses math (a lot of it) — a product of the founders specialty as PhD researchers in the area of applied mathematics. This could be valuable for example insurance companies authenticating claims.
Are gestures suitable to be used as camera user interface? What if framing a scene with your fingers actually caused photos to be created? Air Camera Concept Shoots When You Pretend to Take a Picture article tells about a clever camera concept “Air Camera” by designer Yeon Su Kim that would make that idea a reality. It consists of two components: a ring-like camera worn on the thumb, and a tension-sensing device worn on the forefinger. If the tension unit senses that you’re making a camera gesture, it triggers the camera to snap a photo. Make a video camera gesture, and it begins recording video!
Actually this idea isn’t very new. It was mentioned a few years back in Ted talk discussing SixthSense technology (time 6:28). Prototype Camera Lets You Shoot Photos by Framing Scenes with Your Fingers article tells that Air camera concept may soon become a reality. Researchers at IAMAS in Japan have developed a tiny camera called Ubi-Camera that captures photos as you position your fingers in the shape of a frame. The shutter button is triggered with your opposite hand’s thumb, and the “zoom” level is determined by how far the camera is from the photographer’s face.