During the second week of August 2016, Engadget reported on the plug-in merger of IBM’s TrueNorth cognitive chip with Samsung’s DVS (Dynamic Vision Sensor) digital eye. This innovative merger produces an advanced digital imagery process of 2000 fps (frames fps second), or 16.6 times faster than the current typical digital camera speed of 120 fps. CNET, an investigative technology news service, reported that each pixel of Samsung’s contact lens-like sensors only react and register an image when a change has been detected.
In addition to movement, the digital eye also has a human retina-like ability to compensate for luminous flux between light and darkness. CNET views the Samsung DVS digital eye as a useful foundation for the development of 3D mapping and equipment controls. A recent demonstration in California displayed the digital eye’s ability to operate a television by recognizing hand and finger movements from a distance of ten feet.
The useful possibilities for Samsung’s digital eye are endless. There is the potential for DVSs to be built into the framework of driver-less cars in order to function as automotive contact lenses . A Samsung digital eye that has been coupled with the TrueNorth cognitive sensor can be a life-saving tool for medical procedures that depend on a surgeon’s need for instant information on internal organ movements.
The future is now and Samsung’s DVS device is groundbreaking. But, it is only the beginning of newer, more modern, developments. The digital eye can have a beneficial impact within major industries from automotive and medical to military weaponry and space exploration, and every other field in between.