How computers came to see


Have you wondered how you are able to see the above image or even read this?

The human body is a marvelous creation, A machine so advanced that we might never be able to replicate its excellence. Out of its numerous great features, the most complex is the visual system. Eyes funnel light through lenses and focus on the retina. The retina has a matrix of receptors of Rods and Cones like a massive screen. These receptors fire accordingly when light shines on them. They then send signals to the brain which then can deduce the world around it.

Ever wondered how machines we’ve built understand the visual world and navigate it?


How does your phone recognize you like a close friend just by looking at it?

Remarkably like human eyes computers break up images into pixels. These pixels form a matrix where each pixel is connected to a virtual neuron. These arrays of neurons come together to form a neural network. A network generated by software that mimics our beautiful minds. Showing these neurons similar images cause them to fire continuously and makes these pathways stronger. Over continuous training of these neural pathways, computers can make accurate predictions of the world around them.

Ever wondered how self–driving cars work?
The answer is computer vision aided by sensors and radars.

Computer vision in its simplest sense is giving eyes to a computer. Giving the computer the ability to sense, analyze and control the visual world around it.

Sense: The ability to capture the visual world, it achieves this through the help of cameras.

Analyze: The ability to differentiate between objects that it senses.

Control: The ability to make accurate predictions and provide raw data from what has been analyzed.

But wait……..

The first computers were not so fancy!

Did you know that the first computer was an abacus? Just made of strings and beads, its only purpose was to count and do basic arithmetic. However, at the heart of computers, arithmetic has not changed from then to now. Just a few more volts and some fancy semiconductors have replaced our good old human muscle.

In 1833, Charles Babbage invented all the parts of modern computers, but they were so huge that they took up the whole room!

The beginning of computers as You and I know them happened in 1980 (only 30 years ago)

And ever since its discovery, the computer has undergone massive changes to become what it is today (otherwise Imagine sitting with a computer that takes up the whole room!)

These modern computers are designed to work and mimic the human brain. Computers surprisingly behave similarly to our pets. Just the way you train a pet to do a few tricks and give it a reward at the end, our cute little digital friends are the same. This is a field that is now known as Artificial Intelligence and is built upon Neural networks that behave similarly to our animal brains.

Have you ever wondered how your video call app changes your background? Or how your favorite social media app filters change your face. The technology behind it is computer vision.

An interesting fact to consider is cameras and hardware for computer vision have existed since the creation of computers. It is the software that brings these components together to produce the beauty of computer vision.

Okay, but where do we use this technology?

The application of computer vision goes as far as and beyond what our eyes are capable of. From using object detection to differentiate between objects, to key point detection that allows us to track the hands and feet of a person and replicate the movement in software. Computer vision has pushed the boundaries of technological innovation and has shown us really what these machines can achieve. It is an exciting path for us to explore and discover.

Application of Computer Vision

Quite shocking how technology has grown so much, right? Technology is just like clay, can be molded as wanted!

Technology has changed our lives by increasing the speed of time. We were human. We invented and developed technologies to change our lives to their best. Now that technology is changing our lives every second.

Computers combined with Artificial Intelligence have together created a world-changing age, the age of technology. The world is changing and so is the technology around it. The phase of the technology started with the creation of a light bulb to create the thinnest smartphone ever possible. Technology has no limits. People’s vision of the future is now changing. Computer Vision is one of those technologies that has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years.

SQUIRREL is a SaaS platform empowered with Artificial intelligence, Computer Vision, and Data Analytics that provides enterprises with the ability to sense, analyze and control many aspects of the physical world digitally.

How Squirrel achieves Sensing, Analyzing, and controlling?

Sense: Our squirrel camera and edge systems are designed and tuned specifically for our customers’ use cases. Providing high quality and the best accuracy possible.

Analyze: Our patented three-stage inferencing model combines object detection and image classification to bring you the most accurate detection possible.

Control: The identified objects are classified and segregated in our program, this allows us to build relations and effective connections between the images.

In the real world, it means granular control of inventory, improved demand planning, and a tighter supply chain.

Many of our customers across food retail, process manufacturing, and supply chain are benefiting from the value SQUIRREL delivers.

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