Computer Vision


One of the basic characteristics of living creatures is the ability to accurately recall instant experiences gained with their senses. Computer vision works in the same way as children learn from what is happening around them. In addition to the usual examples such as face recognition in photographs 1, we can also refer to extraordinary applications in banking 2, medical science 3, mining 4 and cinema 5.

1 Automatic Tagging

The number of photos shared on social media has increased to the extent that the total digital capacity occupied by photos taken only in the last year has surpassed the content of all books written for centuries. To distinguish and tag the person from the photo shared is becoming a feature that is expected from almost all platforms. When the profile pictures of the user account exceed a certain number, the system can identify the person from specific points on the face and identify if he/she is also in other photos.

2 Opening an Account with Selfie

BBVA, one of the leading banks in Spain, has started an extraordinary application for opening an account. Customers first download the application on their mobile phones, then apply with their selfie and ID. The account is signed and sealed by a short video call on the application.


3 End of Blood Loss in Surgeries

Surgical operations and unpredictable risks during child births cause blood transfusions worth $10 billion a year. The current practice consists of an estimate of how much blood the patient may have lost based on the experience of the physician performing the surgery. How many units of blood should be given to the patient during or after the surgery is determined accordingly. However, in critical and long-term operations, this amount needs to be defined more sharply. Thanks to Triton, developed by Gauss Surgical and the winner of Apple Design Award 2018, blood loss in surgery is calculated more accurately. A simple application and monitor take photos of surgical sponges and report how much blood the patient has lost.


4 Precious Metals Recognition

Nowadays, companies searching for mines turn their attention to comets soon to be passing near the world. In one of the main approaches, where NASA is a pioneer, there are often vehicles carrying mini chemistry labs. In other studies, pictures of different rocks and formations are transferred to memory and rapid analysis is performed using techniques such as pattern recognition with polarized microscopes. Done by using 2.700 different pictures of 9 different stones on 4 different color scales, this study has a 99.8% accuracy rate.


5 Motion Capture (MoCap)

Characters in animation movies and video games seem and act more and more realistic. This is possible not only because of developments in graphics or software technology but also thanks to actors’ motions recorded by specific sensors. There are sensors put on elbows, knees, shoulders or hips for detecting motions like running, jumping or bouncing, and many more on faces to detect close-up gestures. As a result, motions and mimics can be animated in full detail.