Geoffrey Barrows is a researcher and entrepreneur based out of Washington, DC. His company Centeye focuses on computer vision systems and has recently branched out to head some Open Hardware initiatives like the ArduEye and creating the embedded vision system community Embedded Eye.
Typical applications for Centeye’s projects include being used on drones and robots for obstacle avoidances and hovering at certain distances. Barrows himself has been dabbling to see what the is possible when these image sensors are connected to the web. Seeing if the ArduEye can be used as an “Eye for the IoT”.
The result of one of his recent experiments? A web enabled traffic counter for the busy street outside of his home.
Barrows and his team at Centeye have fledgling plans to develop a ultra low power module that will allow a camera module to draw less than 1mW of power at full duty cycle and monitor an environment for over a year on a single battery (coin cell battery or using ambient light and a solar cell).
It’s not hard to imagine a host of applications for this type of system moving into the future.
You can learn more about the vision systems in the video below or find more information about Centeye and their range of products at: Centeye.com