A new report estimates that the image recognition market is expected to grow by 21.6% (CAGR) over the next 5 years, from $9.65 Billion in 2014 to $25.65 Billion by 2019. The report, created by Markets and Markets, defines the "image recognition market," providing detailed analysis, discussion of trends, and forecasting of segment-specific revenues for defined types, components, deployment, applications and verticals. Of the technologies discussed, camera-based barcode scanning presents one...

Hi Everyone! Well we can’t believe it’s that time already, but voting is out for 2013 panels at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, TX! Like 2,300 others, we’ve submitted a panel proposal, so we need your vote to make it onto the bill! Anticipating this high demand we cleverly added the word “sexy” to the title of our panel, which we figured would raise some eyebrows. VOTE NOW In...

Howdy! We headed out to the Clairmont hotel in San Francisco last night to check out the Life 3.0: Augmented Reality show, organized by the Funders and Founders meetup. The event attracted an incredibly creative and forward-thinking crowd, with over 20 startups exhibiting futuristic technologies. We wanted to share our favorite demos from the show:   Outerbody Labs More art than business, the most fun and engaging demo of the night was the OuterBody...

  Over the past few weeks, we've discussed how the marketplace has changed as physical brick-and-mortar stores converge with the digital world. The past revealed how milestones such as point-of-sale systems, barcode technology and ecommerce transformed traditional shopping, while the present examined how brick-and-mortar retailers are adapting to today's mobile-centric consumer. Today we'll look at emerging trends and technology that shed light on where we're headed next, into a world where...

Researchers at Princeton and the University of Illinois have recently released a fascinating research paper that details a scanning system for recognizing animals through their unique markings. The GNU licensed Stripespotter system is an open source project designed to automate animal recognition for professionals studying them in the wild by recognizing patterns of pixels in digital photographs. Traditionally scientists have had to use tracking mechanisms or excrement to identify the...

A few weeks back we began blogging about the importance of supporting blurry barcode scanning for app developers.  In our last post, we took a look at a revealing original study demonstrating that over 140 million smartphones around the world lack autofocus cameras.  Today we’d like to continue the discussion by sharing some technical reasons to support blurry barcode scanning in your app. To do this we’d like to share...

Developers of product-centric apps often ask why they should support barcode scanning on mobile devices that do not feature an autofocus camera or, more often still, why the ability to decode barcodes in blurry images is very important for high-end smartphones with autofocus cameras. Before getting to the benefits of blurry barcode scanning, note that there are many reasons why barcode images can be blurred: not having an autofocus camera...