Smart cameras are also termed as connected cameras or intelligent cameras. Technological advancements in machine vision industry and camera industry have resulted into smart camera technology evolution. Smart cameras enable users not only in capturing images but also extracting images, getting real-time views, and sharing those images. There are various consumer as well as industrial applications of smart cameras, which have been driving their demand over the recent past.
Smart Cameras Lower Reaction Time of Accident to Action
An intelligent camera is connected to cloud for analysing live video content. Events captured by cameras can lead instantly to desired actions. The ability of taking action without human operator makes a camera intelligent. For example, in case of a car accident or an individual falling down, the intelligent camera would call the emergency central or necessary assistance instead of monitoring the public place or traffic manually. This lowers the reaction time of accident to action. Future Market Insights (FMI), in its report, provides a detailed study on the global smart camera market for the forecast (2015-2020). The market is projected to witness a staggering growth at a high double-digit CAGR, to reach revenues worth US$ 9829.1 Mn.
The growth of the global smart camera market is primarily attributed to some factors such as surging adoption of home & industry automation system, reducing costs & sizes of chip, technological advancements in camera industry, and soaring electronics & semiconductor industry. In contrast, absence of software applications, and high cost of single-chip smart camera are some factors expected to impede the growth of global smart camera market in the upcoming years. Major market players are concentrating on strategies such as new product development and brand reinforcement for attracting customers and gaining major market share.
Introduction to Minute 3D-Printed Lenses Capable of Capturing Super Sharp Images
Miniaturisation has become a world-shaking trend over the past few years. In a new paper of University of Stuttgart published in Nature Photonics, minute 3D-printed lenses have been described by scientists, depicting their ability of capturing super sharp images. The diameter of each lens is of the size of 120 millionth of a meter- resembling a grain of salt- and there is no barrier of complexity as they are 3D-printed in one piece. Any configuration of lenses which can be designed on computer is capable of being printed and used. This new method, according to the paper, not only exhibits high-quality micro-lenses capable of being 3D-printed, but also solves bottlenecks in current manufacturing methods. The limitations incurred in these include failure in combining multiple elements, the smaller in size that can be achieved, alignment difficulties, and surface design restrictions. Innovations like these might lead to introduction of a number of novel devices, with considerable impacts on safety/security monitoring, medical engineering, and biotechnology.
Intelligent Cameras for Traffic and With Face Recognition Features
Deployment of intelligent cameras in traffic is likely to enhance monitoring, help in safe and sound travel to home, and solve logistical problems. Helping to notify empty space, intelligent cameras can optimise the driving path. The video cameras are able to be installed in cars or along the roads. Intelligent cameras are capable of detecting individuals driving on red light, and capturing & saving those moments. Transition from smart cameras to intelligent ones render analytics in selecting necessary data, saved for further investigation. These cameras also recognise the license plate. Face recognition is likely to become a most essential feature in home monitoring, public security, tracking or detecting people, observing behaviours of people, keeping record of number of steps, or identifying individuals who left their possessions on railway stations. The camera would provide users with push notifications on their smartphones.