Held annually at the Embedded Vision Summit, the Vision Tank startup competition showcases the best new ventures using computer visionin their products or services. This year’s finalists—which represent early-stage companies—will be judged on technology innovation, business plan, team, and business opportunity.
Two awards are given out at the show each year: the Judge’s Award and the Audience Choice Award. The winner of the Judge’s Award receives a $5,000 cash prize, while both winners receive a one-year membership in the Embedded Vision Alliance ($12,000 value), as well as one-on-one advice from the judges and valuable introductions to potential investors, customers, employees, and suppliers.
Each finalist will pitch their company and product to judges in front of the Summit audience on May 23, with winners announced after the session. This year’s finalists are as follows:
- AiFi: A company building a scalable version of “Amazon Go” to enable the stores of the future to be “check-out free.” AiFi’s AI-powered sensor networks also provide retailers with insights about shopping behavior and product preference, as well as improved inventory management.
- Aquifi: A company that provides visual inspection services for logistics and manufacturing based on 3D reconstruction and deep learning. The company’s solution, a trainable virtual inspection system, increases the throughput of human workers and reduces errors due to fatigue and repetition.
- Boulder AI: A company that has created an intelligent GPU-enabled deep learning neural network camera (DNNcam) that is waterproof, dust-proof, and runs artificial intelligence at the image source. This edge processing camera executes AI/machine learning and computer vision algorithms without the cloud, distilling visual information into actionable event data.
- Sturfee: A company building a city-scale visual positioning service (VPS) based on deep learning, computer vision, and satellite imaging principles, enabling camera-connected devices and machines to locate themselves in the real world, here they are looking, and recognize what is around them, all based on visual input data.
- VirtuSense Technologies: A company that has developed a product that identifies people who are at risk of falls and injuries. The core technology uses a 3D Time of Flight sensor to track a person’s static and dynamic balance, identify sensory and muscular deficits and provide objective data to assess and treat issues.
Judges for the 2018 competition are:
- Arun Chhabra, CEO, 8tree
- John Feland, CEO and Founder, Argus Insights, Inc.
- Liz Gasser, Managing Partner, High Camp Ventures
- Vin Ratford, Executive Director, Embedded Vision Alliance
View more information on the Vision Tank competition.