Issue No. 09 - September (2002 vol. 35)
Wayne Wolf , Princeton University
Burak Ozer , Princeton University
Tiehan Lv , Princeton University
<p>Recent technological advances are enabling a new generation of smart cameras that represent a quantum leap in sophistication. While today?s digital cameras capture images, smart cameras capture high-level descriptions of the scene and analyze what they see. These devices could support a wide variety of applications including human and animal detection, surveillance, motion analysis, and facial identification. Video processing has an insatiable demand for real-time performance. Smart cameras leverage very large-scale integration to meet this need in a low-cost, low-power system with substantial memory. Moving well beyond pixel processing and compression, these VLSI systems run a wide range of algorithms to extract meaning from streaming video. Recently, Princeton University researchers developed a first-generation smart camera system that can detect people and analyze their movement in real time. Because they push the design space in so many dimensions, these smart cameras are a leading-edge application for embedded system research.Mailbox-Based Scheme for Designing Mobile Agent Communication Protocols</p>
W. Wolf, B. Ozer and T. Lv, "Smart Cameras as Embedded Systems," in Computer, vol. 35, no. , pp. 48-53, 2002.