Deep Dive: the impact of AI on vision-based edge devices

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In this article we highlighted the benefits and use cases of AI on vision-based edge devices. In this post, we will take a deeper dive into the technical aspects of this innovative technology.

How does AI on Vision-Based Edge Devices Work?

  1. Data Collection: Vision-based edge devices, such as cameras and sensors, collect visual data from the environment.
  2. Pre-processing: The data is filtered and compressed to optimize efficiency.
  3. AI Inference: Deep learning models are applied to the pre-processed data to recognize objects, detect patterns, and trigger actions.
  4. Decision Making: Based on the AI inference, decisions are made in real-time, without the delay caused by communication with the cloud.
  5. Actuators: The edge device can then control actuators, such as motors or robots, to execute the desired actions.

What Hardware is Required?

The hardware required for AI on vision-based edge devices depends on the specific application. However, the following components are crucial:

  • Processor: A powerful processor with AI support is needed to run the deep learning models.
  • Memory: Sufficient memory is needed to store the visual data and the AI models.
  • Storage: The data collected and analysed needs to be stored for future use.
  • Connectivity: The edge device must have connectivity with other devices and systems in the network.

What Software is Required?

The software required for AI on vision-based edge devices includes:

  1. Operating System: A real-time operating system (RTOS) is required to meet the real-time requirements of the application.
  2. AI Framework: A framework such as TensorFlow Lite or ONNX Runtime is needed to implement and load the deep learning models on the edge device.
  3. Application Software: Software specific to the use case needs to be developed to implement the application's functionality.
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Challenges and Future Outlook

Some of the challenges associated with AI on vision-based edge devices include:

  • Security: It is crucial to secure the data and the AI models against cyberattacks.
  • Privacy: The privacy of users must be guaranteed when collecting and processing visual data.
  • Power Consumption: Edge devices with AI functionality require more energy, which can be a challenge in battery-powered devices.

Despite these challenges, AI on vision-based edge devices has enormous potential to transform various sectors.

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The integration of AI into vision-based edge devices is an exciting development with a wide range of applications. The benefits of real-time response, increased efficiency, improved privacy and offline functionality make this technology a valuable tool for various areas. In the coming years, we expect further innovations making this technology even more powerful, efficient and accessible.

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