CogniVue Embedded Vision Technology Enables Groundbreaking Possibilities for Wearables

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New Image Cognition (ICP) for power optimized embedded vision applications in wearable tech

CogniVue Corporation
“We see use-case scenarios from our customers where a device like a smart watch will wake up with a gesture and/or with face detection,” Simon Morris CogniVue CEO

CogniVue Corporation, who introduced the world’s first Image Cognition Processor (ICP) in 2010 for power-optimized embedded vision applications, today announced the ability to support always-on vision applications like gesture recognition, face and eye detection in low power smart wearable devices at power levels of ~1mA, enabling vision apps to run for many days as opposed to hours. CogniVue’s APEXTM ICP cores drive a better than 100x performance per power advantage vs conventional processing architectures for embedded vision applications. That significant performance per power advantage is paying off in the rapidly accelerating market of smart wearable devices. This advantage will grow as next-generation APEX cores are announced by CogniVue later in 2014.

“We see use-case scenarios from our customers where a device like a smart watch will wake up with a gesture and/or with face detection,” commented Simon Morris CEO of CogniVue Corporation. “It is critical to be able to perform this type of sophisticated embedded vision processing at power levels under 1mA enabling wearables to operate in trigger mode for many days as opposed to hours. However once in operation it is also critical in wearable devices like glasses that the vision processing does not drain the battery in an hour either.”

CogniVue is not new to the world of low power wearable devices. This year, NeoLAB Convergence went to production with the Neo 1 smart pen; the smallest and longest lasting smart pen in the market. The pen uses CogniVue 1st generation APEX-based technology and an image sensor both operating at 120 fps to render hand writing and hand drawings in real time to a smart phone or tablet or server wirelessly with no perceived delay. It does this at very low power levels, enabling this battery-powered device to last for weeks on a charge. NeoLAB engineers dramatically increased battery life compared to the competition and they were able to go from design start to prototype in as a little as 6 months using CogniVue’s comprehensive software development kit.

“CogniVue’s ICP technology was critical for us to reach our required levels of performance per power in the Neo 1 smart pen,” said Eddie Lee, CTO of NeoLAB Convergence. “We have leading performance as a result.”

Sachin Kurlekar at Persistent Systems commented, “Persistent is actively involved in developing innovative applications on wearable devices such as Google glass. Using vision algorithms like OCR can enable a lot of interesting applications for wearables. But these algorithms are very compute intensive and put a heavy strain on the wearables battery. We need new processors in the market with low power vision processing technology like CogniVue’s APEX to enable always-on vision features in the next-gen wearable products we are working on.”
With the increasing demand for wearables with vision (watches, pens, glasses etc..), semiconductor manufacturers will be responding by adding a low power ICP core like APEX to their upcoming SOCs in order to meet the demand.

CogniVue enables embedded vision processing, delivering revolutionary vision processing IP and innovative software for power-sensitive vision applications. CogniVue's Image Cognition Processor (ICP) architecture is a solution for a new generation of embedded vision applications, achieving a >100x advantage in performance per power vs alternative processing architectures. CogniVue provides semiconductor processor technology IP, tools and software that enable its customers to develop high-performance, low-power embedded vision applications for automotive, consumer and industrial markets. With its strong expertise in embedded vision and APEX development tools, CogniVue enables developers to design innovative, previously implausible vision products like smart pens and smart back-up cameras. CogniVue is a privately held company headquartered in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada. Visit

Persistent Systems is a global company specializing in software product and technology services. For over two decades, Persistent has consistently been selected as the trusted innovation partner for the world’s largest technology brands, leading enterprises and pioneering start-ups. Persistent has a global team of more than 7,800 employees worldwide including offices and delivery centers in North America, Europe, and Asia. Persistent develops best-in-class solutions in key next-generation technology areas including Analytics, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobility and Social, for the independent software vendors (ISVs), telecommunications and media, life sciences and healthcare, and financial services verticals.

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About NeoLAB Convergence
NeoLAB convergence Inc., a steganographical dotcode company, focuses on developing dot code ready papers and electronic pens. It offers Touch & Play technology enabled digital pens for education text/material, learning management, shopping, tour guide with audio system, and voice recordable diary applications. The company also provides Natural Handwriting technology based transferable nPens that are used on papers, tablet PCs, and electronic blackboards for applications, such as interactive education systems and white boards, business use, and EMRs. In addition, it offers information and communication technology education toys; and optical teaching tools, board games, augmented reality games, and .code toys. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.

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