17. Machine Vision

Thank you . . . motion sensor hand towel machine. You never work, so I just end up looking like I’m waving hello to a wall robot.—Jimmy Fallon

Over the last 10 years, image processing applications, such as Instagram and Snapchat, have taken the tech world by storm. However, simple cartoon filters that give you a mustache just scratch the surface of what’s possible with image processing. Machine vision algorithms are behind many current and evolving innovations, such as self-driving cars and Amazon’s grab-and-go grocery store. This chapter covers some common machine vision algorithms and how they can change the world.

How a Computer Sees the World

Take a moment to look around. What do you see? How long does it take you to recognize ...

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