The potential of computer vision is growing rapidly, and today, we can see diverse computer vision solutions in a whole range of industries and sectors.
Today, we want to show you that this technology can help your business grow and work more effectively.
In this article, we will show you how computer vision applications prove useful in quality assurance, security systems, cooperation between humans and robots, warehousing, transportation, and training skills.
Let’s get right to it!
Short introduction first: When we talk about computer vision, we mean the technology that allows intelligent algorithms and machines to see what’s happening in their immediate surroundings.
This technology is based on a set of cameras and sensors and can be used for various purposes. In a few moments, you will discover six of them.
Intelligent algorithms can monitor production lines in real time and spot potential quality problems, such as glitches, damages or discrepancies.
One of many solutions working this way is called ShapeInspector. It’s made by Swedish company IVISYS, and it verifies if your products are manufactured according to specification.
ShapeInspector gives control over material costs, minimizes product returns, and optimizes the efficiency of your production line.
See how ShapeInspector works:
Cooperation Between Humans and Robots
Cobots are robots that can work together with humans. However, in order for this cooperation to be safe and effective, you have to make sure that such a machine can detect what’s happening near it.
This is where Veo Robotics, a US-based company, steps into the game with their technology called Veo FreeMove.
It’s a technology that combines computer vision with 3D depth detection technology.
This solution allows manufacturing companies to establish safe and effective cooperation between cobots and people working in the production hall with them.
Again, let’s take a look at the short video showing Veo’s system in action:
Intelligent Security Systems
Computer vision can enhance security, too. Here, we want to show you two examples. First off, let’s talk about Clevell.ai.
It’s a Polish company working on a smart thermal camera that’s capable of monitoring hundreds of people simultaneously and spotting hazardous activities, e.g. violence or intoxication.
And here’s the second example: Athena Security. It’s another US-based company working on intelligent security solutions using CV and AI.
Their computer vision technology is designed to improve surveillance and security. For example, their algorithms can detect firearms in real-time.
See how their gun detection feature works:
Today, intelligent robots are indispensable in modern warehouses. For instance, Amazon has over 200,000 such helpers working in their warehouses.
These robots help in preparing parcels and transporting goods.
And here’s another example. MiR is a company that’s producing self-propelled transport robots (AMR).
These robots are designed to increase warehouse productivity and assist warehouse workers.
They can be adapted to perform various tasks and know how to navigate efficiently even in a very dynamic environment.
The most advanced model (MiR1000) can transport goods weighing up to 1000 kg!
It’s already happening–Amazon has started delivering their orders via autonomous delivery robots in some parts of the United States.
Thanks to computer vision, these bots operate flawlessly even in large cities, find the right address, and deliver the parcel.
Starship Technologies is an American company working on autonomous delivery bots that can navigate around people and public spaces without a human driver.
Lastly, we want to talk about training skills of your employees.
Computer vision and virtual and augmented reality can be a vital help in training diverse skills, especially when training them in real-life situations can be risky or expensive.
Computer vision algorithms can, e.g., monitor and evaluate human actions. This input can be next used to improve skills and performance and conduct safety training.
But this application is useful not just in the manufacturing world.
Skill training is extremely important in healthcare, where future surgeons and physicians can train their skills.
One of the companies working in this field is Touch Surgery. It’s a British company developing advanced AR pharma apps that help physicians improve their skills.
Touch Surgery claims they have developed the very first academically validated mobile surgical training system in the world.
In this YouTube video, you can see how their system works:
As you can see, computer vision applications are quite impressive. This technology proves to be effective almost everywhere, from production plants to retail and medicine.