The Computer Vision Industry

David Lowe

This web page lists companies that develop computer vision products. Computer vision (also often referred to as "machine vision" for industrial vision applications) is the automated extraction of information from images. This differs from image processing, in which an image is processed to produce another image. This page covers only products based on computer vision, and it does not cover image processing or any of the many suppliers of sensors or other equipment to the industry.

Companies are categorized under their principal application area, and then listed alphabetically. Companies are listed only if they have web pages giving information about their products. Please let me know of any links that are missing.


Automotive driver assistance and traffic management

Image Sensing Systems (St. Paul, Minnesota). Real-time traffic management using roadside cameras. License plate recognition systems.

Iteris (Santa Ana, California). Real-time traffic management and signaling using video detection.

MobilEye (Jerusalem, Israel). Vision systems that warn automobile drivers of danger, provide adaptive cruise control, and give driver assistance such as active braking. Systems are currently available in certain cars from BMW, Volvo, GM, and others.

TrafficVision (Pendleton, South Carolina). Real-time traffic management using computer vision.


Eye and Head Tracking

Gazepoint (Vancouver, Canada). Low-cost eye-trackers for consumer and research applications.

Mirametrix (Montreal, Canada). Free-head eye-tracker.

Smart Eye (Göteborg, Sweden). Systems to track eye and gaze position. Applications include detection of drowsiness or inattention in drivers.

SMI (Berlin, Germany). Eye and gaze tracking systems.


Film and Video: Sports analysis

Amisco (Nice, France). Systems for tracking sports players and the ball in real time for match analysis.

Hawkeye (Winchester, UK). Uses multiple high-speed cameras to provide precise tracking of the ball in tennis, cricket, and other sports for refereeing and analysis.

PlayfulVision (Lausanne, Switzerland). Provides real time, automatic video analytics and statistics for team-sports.

QuesTec (Deer Park, New York). Systems for tracking sports action to provide enhanced broadcasts.

Sportvision (New York, NY). Vision systems to provide real-time graphics augmentaion for sports broadcasts.

Vizrt (Bergen, Norway). Creates 3D graphics for television broadcasts. Includes Viz Libero computer vision product for 3D visualization of sporting events.


Film and Video

2d3 (Oxford, UK). Systems for tracking objects in video or film and solving for 3D motion to allow for precise augmentation with 3D computer graphics.

Image Metrics (Manchester, England). A markerless tracking system for the human face that can be used to map detailed motion and facial expressions to synthetic characters.

Imagineer Systems (Guildford, UK). Computer vision software for the film and video industries.

MirriAd (London, UK). Uses computer vision methods to track consistent regions in video and insert virtual advertising.


Games and Gesture Recognition

GestureTek (Toronto, Canada). Tracks human gestures for playing grames or interacting with computers.

Microsoft Kinect (Redmond, Washington). Provides motion sensing and gesture recogntion for the Xbox gaming system. Creates 3D depth maps and registed images in real time using projected infrared light patterns and a single camera. Sold over 8 million units in the first 60 days, which makes it the fastest selling consumer electronics device (Wikipedia).

Reactrix (Redwood City, California). Interactive advertising for projected displays that tracks human gestures.


General purpose vision systems

Cognex (Natick, Massachusetts) is one of the largest machine vision companies. Develops systems for inspection, assembly, localization tasks, and many other areas.

MathWorks (Natick, Massachusetts). Matlab modules and components for computer vision applications.

Matrox Imaging (Dorval, Canada). Software and hardware for machine vision applications.

National Instruments (Austin, Texas). Vision software and systems used for many applications, including inspection, biomedical, and security.

Neptec (Ottawa, Canada). Laser-based 3D vision systems for use on the space shuttles and other applications.

Newton Research Labs (Renton, Washington). Vision systems for precision inspection, non-contact measurement, and robotics.

Point Grey Research (Vancouver, Canada). Real-time stereo vision systems, spherical vision systems, and imaging hardware.

Sarnoff (Princeton, New Jersey). Vision systems for tracking, registration, navigation, biometrics, and other applications.

Seeing Machines (Canberra, Australia). Systems for tracking faces and eye gaze direction for human-computer interaction.

Soliton (Bangalore, India). Smart cameras for industrial inspection and other applications.

SpikeNet (Toulouse, France). Trainable vision systems for performing recognition.

TYZX (Menlo Park, California). Produces real-time stereo vision systems that use a custom chip for fast stereo matching.

ViSSee (Lugano, Switzerland). Developing a low-cost real-time sensor for measuring speed using an approach modeled on vision in the fruit fly.

VISIONx (Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada). Vision systems for high accuracy measurement and other applications.

Vitronic (Wiesbaden, Germany). Vision systems for inspection, manufacturing, logistics, traffic management, and other applications.


Industrial automation and inspection: Electronics industry

KLA-Tencor (San Jose, California). Systems for inspection and process control in semiconductor manufacturing.

Orbotech (Yavne, Israel). Automated inspection systems for printed circuit boards and flat panel displays.


Industrial automation and inspection: Food and agriculture

Montrose Technologies (Ottawa, Canada). Vision systems for the baked goods industry. Systems monitor bake color, shape, and size of bread, cookies, tortillas, etc.

Ellips (Eindhoven, The Netherlands). Vision systems for inspecting and grading fruits and vegetables.


Industrial automation and inspection: Printing and textiles

Advanced Vision Technology (Hod Hasharon, Israel). Systems to inspect output from high-speed printing presses.

Elbit Vision Systems Ltd. (Yoqneam, Israel). Vision systems for textile inspection and other applications.

Mnemonics (Mt. Laurel, New Jersey). Vision systems for print quality inspection and other applications.

Xiris Automation (Burlington, Ontario, Canada). Inspection for the printing and packaging industries.


Industrial automation and inspection: Other

Adept (Pleasanton, California). Industrial robots with vision for part placement and inspection.

Avalon Vision Solutions (Lithia Springs, Georgia). Vision systems for the plastics industry.

Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany). Inspection systems for optical media, sealants, displays, and other industries.

Hermary Opto Electronics (Coquitlam, BC, Canada). Develops 3D scanners for sawmills and other applications.

JLI vision (Soborg, Denmark). Vision systems for industrial inspection tasks, including food processing, glassware, medical devices, and the steel industry.

LMI Technologies (Vancouver, Canada). Develops 3D vision systems using laser sensors for inspection of wood products, roads, automotive manufacturing, and other areas.

MVTec (Munich, Germany). Vision systems for inspection and other applications.

NeuroCheck GmbH (Remseck, Germany). Inspection systems for quality control.

Perceptron (Plymouth, Michigan). Creates 3D laser scanning systems for automotive and other applications.

PPT Vision (Eden Prairie, Minnesota). Vision systems for automotive, pharmaceutical, electronics, and other industries.

Seegrid (Pittsburgh, PA). Industrial mobile robots that use vision for mapping and navigation.

SIGHTech (San Jose, California). Trainable computer vision systems for inspection and automation.

Virtek Vision International (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Laser-based inspection and templating systems.

Wintriss Engineering (San Diego, California). Vision systems for suface inspection and sports vision applications.


Medical and biomedical

Claron Technology (Toronto, Canada). Uses real-time stereo vision to detect and track the pose of markers for surgical applications.

LookTel (Los Angeles, California). Software for mobile devices to assist the visually impaired. Current products include visual recognition of paper currency, and object recognition.

Mirada Medical (Oxford, UK). Software for medical image analysis and diagnosis based on computer vision research.

Orcam (Jerusalem, Israel). Text reading, face recognition, and other assistance for visually impaired users. Uses glasses with a camera to view the scene.


Object Recogntion and AR for Mobile Devices

A9 (Palo Alto, California). Image recognition and product search for camera phones. Owned by Amazon.

Augment (Paris, France). Platform to provide real-time augmented reality for mobile devices.

Euvision Technologies (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Automatic recognition and categorization of images on mobile devices.

Layar (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Augmented reality platform for smartphones.

Metaioa (Munich, Germany). Augmented reality SDK for mobile devices, as well as other augmented reality hardware and software solutions.

Mobile Acuity (Edinburgh, UK). Visual product recognition and search for mobile devices.

SuperFish (Palo Alto, California). Computer vision for mobile devices, including Visual product recognition.

Wikitude (Salzburg, Austria). Platform and apps for augmented reality on mobile devices.


Panoramic Photography

Cloudburst Research (Vancouver, Canada). Develops AutoStitch Panorama, which provides fully automatic image stitching for the iOS platform. [Disclosure: the author of this list is a founder of the company.]

HumanEyes (Jerusalem, Israel). Develops software for creating 3D stereo views, including stereo mosaicing.

Kolor (Challes les eaux, France). Develops the Autopano Pro software for automated panorama stitching of digital images. Also provides high-dynamic-range imaging by combining multiple exposures.


People tracking

Brickstream (Atlanta, GA). Tracking people within stores for sales, marketing, and security.

Reveal (Auckland, New Zealand). Systems for counting and tracking pedestrians using overhead cameras.

VideoMining (State College, PA). Tracking people in stores to improve marketing and service.


Road surveying

Yotta (Leamington Spa, UK). Imaging and scanning solutions for road network surveying.


Safety monitoring

Poseidon/MG International (Boulogne, France). The Poseidon System monitors swimming pools to warn of accidents and drowning victims.


Security: Biometrics

Aurora (Northampton, UK). Systems for biometric face recognition.

AuthenTec (Melbourne, Florida). Fingerprint recognition systems with a novel sensor.

Digital Persona (Redwood City, California). Fingerprint recognition systems.

L-1 Identity Solutions (Stamford, Connecticut). Fingerprint, iris, and face recognition systems as well as other security applications. (Hoover's)

Viion Systems (Montreal, Canada). Detection and identification of computer users.


Security: Monitoring and Surveillance

Aimetis (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Systems for intelligent video surveillance.

Briefcam (Jerusalem, Israel). Develops software for summarization of long surveillance video in a short summary video.

Cernium (Reston, Virginia). Systems for behavior recognition in real-time video surveillance.

Cognimatics (Lund, Sweden). Detection and counting of people and vehicles in video streams.

EVITECH (Paris, France). Smart video surveillance systems.

Equinox (New York, NY). Security systems using novel sensors, such as registered visible and thermal infrared images and use of polarized lighting.

Genetec (Montreal, Canada). Security systems for license plate recognition, surveillance, and access control.

Honeywell (Morristown, New Jersey). Range of video surveillance systems and analysis software.

Imagemetry (Prague, Czech Republic). Image processing and computer vision for image forensics.

IntelliVision (San Jose, California). Automated monitoring systems, including face and object recognition.

ObjectVideo (Reston, Virginia). Automated video surveillance products for tracking, classification, and activity recognition.

Vitamin D (Menlo Park, California). Detection and monitoring of people in video streams.


Three-dimensional modeling

Creative Dimension Software (Guildford, UK). Creates 3D models from a set of images. Objects are imaged on a calibration mat.

Eos Systems (Vancouver, Canada). PhotoModeler software allows creation of texture-mapped 3-D models from a small number of photographs. Also provides accurate photogrammetric 3D measurements from multiple images of a scene.

Creaform (Quebec City, Canada). Develops 3D scanners for the human body and other applications.


Web and Cloud Applications

Incogna (Ottawa, Canada). Develops a system for image search on the web. Uses GPUs for increased performance.

LTU Technologies (Paris, France). Image retrieval based on content.

Megvii (Beijing, China). Deep learning for face recognition in the cloud.

Taaz (San Diego, California). Virtual makeover website uses computer vision methods to allow users to try on makeup, hair styles, sunglasses, and jewelery.




Some other sources of information:
Computer Vision Central
Machine Vision Online
UK Industrial Vision Association