The European Commission recently selected Eyes of Things—a computer vision project—in one of the first batches of the ICT-Horizon 2020 (H2020) framework, which provides nearly €80 billion in funding for research and innovation for purposes of driving economic growth and creating jobs.
Eyes of Things, or EoT, features a project consortium comprised of eight European partners: VISILAB (Spain, Project Coordinator), Movidius (Ireland), Awaiba (Portugal), DFKI (Germany), Thales (France), Fluxguide (Austria), nViso (Switzerland), and Evercam (Ireland). The €3.7 million project aims to develop a computer vision platform that can be used both standalone and embedded into more complex artifacts, particularly for wearable applications, robotics, home products, surveillance, and more. Specifically, it aims to develop a platform that factors in the following:
- A need for more intelligence in future embedded systems
- Computer vision moving rapidly and beyond academic research and factory automation
- Technological advances in mobile processing power
Ultimately, the EoT project aims to build an optimized core vision platform that can work independently and also embedded into all types of devices to create something that "goes beyond what current vision systems can do."
Core hardware for the project will be based on a system-on-chip design that has been developed for maximum performance for the most demanding vision applications, while also keeping energy consumption in mind, which EoT says will allow for "always on"and truly mobile vision processing. In addition, software will be developed for EoT at both low and middleware levels, and also for a number of demonstrators. EoT demonstrators will include such applications as surveillance, wearable technology, and embedded into a household item.
The EoT project will last three years, starting in January of 2015, with a project kick-off meeting taking place on January 27.
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