What a year 2013 has been, especially for those of us involved in imaging technology; and it’s even more exciting to see what’s ahead as we’re celebrating our 20 years in the industry. Where photography used to be about the photographer and his/her subject, a new form of control and self-expression rose in 2013 with the Selfie. With the latest smartphone developments, advanced technologies such as our facial detection engine (now included in more than 1 billion mobile phones) have made photography evolve from a medium where users were ‘subject’ to someone else’s view of them, to the Selfie, which, while criticized, can also be viewed as a form of empowerment, where the ‘subject’ has full control on how they’re perceived. We at ArcSoft like to think that we were helpful in putting the word ‘Selfie’ on the map (and in the Webster dictionary!) with Perfect365, our award-winning makeover app designed to take and share that perfect picture of yourself! Continue reading
Todd Peters, ArcSoft's President, North America, addresses the topic of Facial Recognition and how it will impact the digital future. For highlights from his recent presentations at GigaOm Mobilize in San Francisco, FutureM in Boston, stay in touch with us on Twitter at @ArcSoft
Facing the Dramatically Digital Future
Imaging technology is embedded in our smart phones, in self-driving cars, and, unfortunately, at some traffic lights. We’re even wearing it. And by 2020, as the digitization of business continues to increase, nearly everything we use will be embedded with cameras and sensors. During this time, in every industry, from transportation to medicine, The Internet of Things and its technology ecosystem will have created an $8.9 trillion market. Of that ecosystem, the combined IT and telecom market will hit almost $4 trillion, or 5 percent of the global GDP according to this year’s Gartner Symposium in Orlando, FL.
In essence, 'we are looking at a new economy,' says Peter Sondegaard, senior VP at Gartner and global head of Research at Gartner, clarifying, ‘This is the beginning of a new era: the Digital Industrial Economy [that will] result in revenue associated with the Internet of Things exceeding $309 billion per year.’
The Internet of Things is going to be needy in terms of processing all that information, too. And it will depend specifically heavily on our ability to capture and process images. Given that over 100 hours of YouTube videos and 500 million photos are uploaded and shared every single day, we’re looking at a massive amount of unstructured data. So how can we turn those pixels into actionable, visual data?
Some are. Some aren’t.
When we were kids, we tried this simple reasoning at some point with our parents. ‘Jimmy’s doing it’, we said, as if this was a convincing argument as to why we should also participate in whatever it was that ‘everybody’ was doing.
And if our parents were smart, they said, ‘Well, good for Jimmy.’
As in: what does what Jimmy does have to do with what you do? The important thing to ask yourself – always – is what’s YOUR unique reason or reasons for wanting to do something? Your reason should be smart, it should be relevant and it should be timely. Continue reading