Vision Based Computing Eyed

SAN MATEO (06/15/2000) - Intel Corp. is tackling vision technology with a software release intended to foster development of applications enabling computers to recognize gestures and other sight-based effects.

The Santa Clara, California-based company's Microprocessor Research Lab has released open-source oftware, which the company is calling the computer vision library, to enable developers to build vision-based applications.

Announced at this week's IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, in Hilton Head, South Carolina, the computer vision library will offer functions that include gesture recognition, object tracking, face recognition, and camera calibration, said Intel spokesman Manny Vara.

The library's release will help researchers engineer ways to use "computer vision" as a method for people to interact with computers.

Intel's Microprocessor Research Lab is a high-level development facility, Vara said.

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