$59 Smart Camera Module (Pixy)

Author: Ben Wood, Published on Aug 27, 2013

Beset by lawsuits, the video analytic industry has seen little innovation recently. Now, a new offering from Carnegie Mellon researchers offers a super low cost smart camera module, raising over $270,000 on Kickstarter. We talked to Richard LaGrand, founder of Charmed and CMU partner, about the technology and its possible applications. 

Background

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How ** *****

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Potential ************ ************ 

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Tech *****:

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Comments (4)

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