Computer Vision and the iPhone Camera

Jeffrey Powers (Occipital)
12:15pm–12:45pm Thursday, 12/03/2009
Location: Online Level:

The camera and associated APIs on the iPhone are easy to get started with, but it is tricky to unlock the full potential. iPhone OS 3.1’s new camera APIs open the door for much more innovative uses of the camera, such as programmatic picture capture and completely customizable interfaces. With techniques from computer vision, the iPhone camera can be made to recognize things in the real world. Even with the enhancements in OS 3.1, the iPhone SDK still prevents realtime video processing, a killer application area for mobile cameras. Occipital co-Founder Jeffrey Powers discusses getting started with the camera, and then will dive into advanced tricks that Occipital uses for photo capture in Snapture and for barcode recognition in RedLaser.

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Jeffrey Powers


Jeffrey Powers is a founder of Occipital, LLC, where he architects mobile computer vision algorithms and does whatever else it takes to keep a startup running. While an undergraduate in electrical engineering, he spent summers at the National Security Agency. Jeff holds a Master’s in computer science from the University of Michigan, where he was a graduate student before leaving to start Occipital.

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