Vending machines and kiosks can respond to gestures, and react to the age and gender of the customer, using a new Human Vision Component module by Omron.
The module handles all the complexity of seeing and recognising faces, bodies and gestures. All the integrator needs to do is read the data output and programme the system to react appropriately.
The new Omron HVC integrates 10 key image sensing functions, with a camera in a module that’s just 60 x 40mm. Developers can detect a human face, hand or body, and implement face recognition, gender detection, age estimation, mood estimation, facial pose estimation, gaze estimation and blink estimation. In each case, the module returns a value, together with a degree of certainty, enabling the programmer to configure the response appropriately for each individual application.
HVC is designed in a compact configuration and can be easily integrated into an established system or implemented as part of a new design.
“Intelligent use of vision can significantly enhance the customer experience, for example by responding to gestures and mood and offering more appropriate products,” said Gabriel Sikorjak, European product marketing manager at Omron Electronic Components. “Omron’s new module gives any system developer access to face and gesture recognition technology without any understanding of the complexities of the underlying algorithms or the optical design. The module is a fully integrated, plug-in solution. The developer can just look at the outputs and configure the system to make appropriate decisions depending on their status.”
The module is based on the Omron OKAO Vision software, a proven set of image recognition algorithms used in over 500 million digital cameras, mobile phones and surveillance robots around the world.
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