intel joule

Interesting post from The Verge on a new chip set from Intel called Joule that is intended to bring powerful computer vision capabilities to low cost, IoT types of devices.

The application for using vision systems in architectural lighting control, interactive lighting installations, retail tracking/interaction systems, etc. continues to hold great promise – and as tech like this from Intel continues to drop the price/complexity of such hardware and IP networking becomes pervasive in lighting, there will be a tipping point when camera vision becomes the de-facto sensing standard.  Despite the fear of “big bother” always watching, the system capabilities and advantages of camera vision offer far too many benefits, such a precision occupancy tracking (including location and quantity of occupants), precision “heat maps” and traffic flow pattern analysis, or indeed, outright pervasive security for extremely sensitive locations.