Businesses should act now if they want to bring their embedded vision products to market next year and meet the rising demands driven by the Covid-19 pandemic.
That’s the view of iENSO President Sebastien Dignard. He said: “A growing variety of consumer products do, and will, incorporate embedded vision and Edge AI. iENSO’s conversations with product companies over the past six months suggest the pandemic has accelerated this trend.”
iENSO, the embedded vision collaboration partner for major international brands, is also tracking the turbulent impact which COVID-19 is having on the design, manufacturing and time to market of any new embedded vision product.
“With the pandemic having such a disruptive impact on the predictable flow of goods across borders, product companies are advised to think hard about how best to mitigate their risks in bringing a new embedded vision and Edge AI-enabled product to market,” says Dignard.
Meanwhile, market research company Omdia forecasts that global AI edge chipset revenue for vision will grow from US$7.7 billion in 2019 to $51.9 billion by 2025, with use cases across a variety of industries.
From iENSO’s perspective, consumers are looking for greater convenience as they spend more time at home. Employers and health officials need AI-driven and automated tools to monitor public spaces and job sites and ensure health and safety protocols are being followed.
“All this is impacting the design of everything from home appliances and automation systems, to construction site surveillance and security systems, and even interactive electronic toys to help busy parents keep kids and pets occupied as they continue to work from home,” says Dignard.
For example, a decade ago, a vision system embedded in the door of a refrigerator was intended to serve as a simple window – browse for a snack without holding the door open and wasting energy.
“Today, such vision capability is coupled with the added intelligence to track brand penetration, expiration dates and reduce food waste, create a grocery list or suggest a recipe, and collect information about consumer tastes and habits,” says Dignard. “All of this adds value and is of critical importance to the future of our customers’ market share.”
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