Computer Vision And Emerging Technologies At The Anyline Meetup
The Anyline team has hosted a monthly Computer Vision Meetup since November 2015. Since then, we’ve had a lot of great speakers and fun evenings together. Our latest event was Meetup 23 about computer vision and it was no exception!
The Anyline team has had the opportunity to be at the forefront of a number of mobile OCR innovations. We started the meetup because we wanted a place to share our thoughts and expertise while learning from others. Opening this space up to the community and learning about their projects has helped to broaden our scope and increase our knowledge base at the same time.
Plus, it’s a great way to meet others in the field and do some valuable networking. The free drinks and finger food are a big draw too.
Here’s a quick rundown of our most recent meetup and a preview of some important dates in the near future!
Our last meetup started at 19:00 on September 27 at Anyline’s headquarters, Die Manege. Over 50 developers, tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs from around Vienna were in attendance for 4 short talks on computer vision and emerging technologies.
Visual Privacy Protection in the Light of GDPR
The first talk of the evening came from Ádám Erdélyi from KiwiSecurity. Ádám’s talk was about “Visual Privacy Protection in the Light of GDPR” and shed some light on new laws that the EU will soon introduce. The General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on May 25 2018 and replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/E.
This new regulation is designed to stop the collection of personal data by companies and institutions. The GDPR will change a lot of things for businesses that collect personal data and even those that don’t.
As Ádám explained at the meetup, even security camera footage is considered personal data. The introduction of the GDPR will mean that even the smallest business will be in breach of EU regulations by recording your appearance on their premises.
To combat this, KiwiSecurity are working on a solution that will allow video surveillance without violating the rights of private individuals. Their solution was to use computer vision to “cartoonify” people. The process changes your normal image into a cartoon character in real time.
This overcomes the issue of the GDPR. It’s also more applicable than traditional video surveillance solutions such as blurring or pixelation from a security perspective.
Check out KiwiSecurity for more info on this upcoming change in EU regulation and how to adapt in time.
How JetBrains Rider Boosts your Unity 3D Productivity and Happiness =)
The second talk of the evening came from Harald Reingruber from three10, a visual technology team with offices around Europe. While three10 don’t develop games, they’ve used Unity 3D to create some stunning visual experiences for clients around the world.
Harald gave an in-depth talk on how you can improve workflows and code using JetBrains Rider. He took us under the hood of one of his recent projects and demonstrated a variety of shortcuts to make working on large projects much simpler.
This was also Hari’s last day based at Die Manege until 2018. Everyone hear would like to wish him a great break as he spends the winter months in Tenerife!
Unity 3D, Not Just a Game Engine
After a short break to enjoy some of the snacks that were laid on for the evening, the meetup continued with the other three10 team member based in Die Manege, Ferdinand Pilz.
Ferdinand gave a great presentation where he showcased some of the visual content that three10 have put together for clients using Unity3D. He showed a large project they put together for a company in Macau that wanted to wow clients with a lobby covered in touchscreens. He then moved on to show how they’ve worked with artists and robotic engineers to create a moving version of Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”.
One of the highlights of the evening was a series of demos that Hari and Ferdinand gave after the talks to showcase their touchscreen integrations. Big thanks to both of the guys from three10 for putting on such great presentations!
Vertical Integrations of Emerging Technologies
The last talk of the night came from Anyline’s own Andreas Greilhuber. Andreas gave an insightful presentation that considered how large companies can pass on value to their users with emerging technologies such as VR, AI or mobile OCR.
AI was at the heart of the presentation with Andreas giving examples of how the application of this technology has changed since the mid 90s. He highlighted how the use of data has changed how AI is integrated into our lives and how it will be integrated in the future. He even came close to giving predictions for how AI will change things as a whole!
Of course, the highlight of his talk was a great recap of how AI and other emerging technologies such as mobile OCR are changing user experience at the moment. Andreas also did a great job of answering questions from the meetup crowd on how Anyline is working to enhance vertical integration of our mobile OCR technology.
How to Get Involved!
The Computer Vision Meetup takes places on the last Wednesday of every month at the Anyline office, Die Manege, Zirkusgasse 13/2b, 1020 Vienna. You can get information on upcoming speakers and start times on our official meetup page.
If you’d like to give a talk about computer vision, please get in touch at [email protected].
You will also be able to join the meetup via livestream. We’re working to have a top quality stream in place for upcoming meetups. Our November meetup will mark the two year anniversary of the event and is set to be the biggest meetup ever. Stay tuned for more details soon!