Last week the SightMachine crew had the pleasure of meeting with a reporter from O’Reilly media. They just released a really nice write up about how we are helping to build the industrial internet right here in Michigan. This is a follow on to the really excellent piece about SightMachine in the Atlantic a few months back.
Here is some of the media from the Ingenuitas booth at the Detroit Maker Faire. I have been going through a bit of a family health emergency so I don’t have time to write everything about the faire that I would like to, suffice it to say we had a blast and my animation station application was a big hit. We got 183 separate animations. Also I have now been to the three big Maker Faires and Detroit is head and shoulders above the rest. I am so proud of the D and the work we are doing at Ingenuitas. The animation station should be available for download next week when we release SimpleCV 1.1 fully.
I’ve been so busy lately that I have had no time to write about all the projects I have been working on. Today I want to take a moment to announce the release of SimpleCV 1.0 by Ingenuitas. SimpleCV is shipped as a super pack that installs SimpleCV and all of the dependencies in a single shot on all of the most common operating systems(OSX, Windows, and Linux). The Ingenuitas team has been working hard to implement most the common image processing tasks one would need to do machine inspection; and to make the process of developing applications that use these operations as quick and painless as possible. This is a big milestone for us as it means we feel that we have a good initial feature set and we can start adding more advanced features to SimpleCV, features you won’t find in OpenCV or on the existing for-pay machine inspection systems. In our next development scrum I plan to roll out a whole host of new features that make it easy to perform image based classification tasks, and to make a first pass at camera calibration and measurement tasks. Our next release will also provide much tighter integration with the Microsoft Kinect. We are also going to work up quite a few really cool demos of SimpleCV for the Detroit Makers Faire and the World Makers Faire in New York City. The video above is a dry run of one of our demos at the Ann Arbor Makers Faire. This demo is shipped with SimpleCV so feel free to download the source code and give it a shot.
I am on my way back to New York from Michigan and it is time to make it official. I have accepted the position of Director of Research and Development at Ingenuitas in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ingenuitas will be working though the summer to develop an open source hardware/software product for manufacturing inspection systems. We plan on having a demonstration of our early results in September. I will focus specifically on developing an easy to use computer vision system that brings a number of emerging computer vision techniques to the machine inspection domain. I will also seeking potential investors from the New York technology community. We hope to demonstrate that open source has the potential to dramatically reduce manufacturing costs and empower smaller companies to use techniques and quality control measures that were until recently only available to larger manufacturers. The Ingenuitas team also includes my friends Anothny Oliver and Nate Oostendorp. I am really excited for this team as I think we have the perfect mix of skills and experience to get this venture off the ground. Furthermore I am ecstatic to be working on an open source project that has the potential to dramatically change both computer vision and manufacturing for the better. I will post more thoughts about this project when I get a chance.