Seeing is believing: Five ways computer vision applications are being used around you

Computer vision applications have expanded beyond facial recognition. They’re now changing how we live and work. In nearly every aspect of your day-to-day life, computer vision is everywhere you look.
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Mike McNamara

Computer vision is a field of AI that enables computers to see, observe, and understand. By applying machine learning or deep learning models to ingested images, computers can classify objects in images. When the computer understands what it’s seeing, it can respond appropriately—like unlocking your smartphone when it recognizes your face.

With 99% accuracy, computer vision applications have expanded beyond facial recognition. They’re now changing how we live and work. In nearly every aspect of your day-to-day life, computer vision is everywhere you look—even if you haven’t noticed it.

#1: Self-driving vehicles

How does a self-driving car know when to stop or swerve? Computer vision identifies pedestrians, sees stoplights, and assesses road conditions.

#2: The operating room

Computer vision uses real-time images of surgical sponges to accurately monitor blood loss and prevent hemorrhaging.

#3: The airport

No passport? No problem. Computer vision systems inside airports take your photo to determine who you are and whether you pose a safety threat. No more digging through your bags to find your ID. (Though we still recommend bringing your passport to be on the safe side!)

#4: The bank

At many institutions, computer vision makes opening a bank account an easy, two-step process: Take a selfie and join a short video call. No waiting in line. No piles of paperwork.

#5: The farm

Farmers are using computer vision to find out which weeds, bugs, and diseases are damaging their crops. They also use it to detect disease in their livestock, keeping the animals, farmers, and future meat consumers safe.

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Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara is a senior leader of product and solution marketing at NetApp with 25 years of data management and data storage marketing experience. Before joining NetApp over 10 years ago, Mike worked at Adaptec, EMC and HP. Mike was a key team leader driving the launch of the industry’s first cloud-connected AI/ML solution (NetApp), unified scale-out and hybrid cloud storage system and software (NetApp), iSCSI and SAS storage system and software (Adaptec), and Fibre Channel storage system (EMC CLARiiON). In addition to his past role as marketing chairperson for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, he is a member of the Ethernet Technology Summit Conference Advisory Board, a member of the Ethernet Alliance, a regular contributor to industry journals, and a frequent speaker at events. Mike also published a book through FriesenPress titled "Scale-Out Storage - The Next Frontier in Enterprise Data Management", and was listed as a top 50 B2B product marketer to watch by Kapos.

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