What would be the best low cost tool to start development of embedded vision application?
Great question. There are many option. One of the most popular environments for vision algorithm/application development on the PC is OpenCV. On the Embedded Vision Alliance website, you can download a free OpenCV kit that will get you up and runnnig quickly -- all you need is a PC, a webcam, and the free VMware player.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.