The Camera: It’s Not for Photos Anymore

Cameras – we all have them. They used to be for taking pictures. Now, they are all around us and not just for taking pictures anymore. The actual and the forecasted growth in number of cameras is phenomenal. Most of the growth will be for uses we do not think about. This on-line presentation discusses how the use of cameras has progressed from film to digital to a wide range of applications that will benefit us but also maybe constrain us.


Perry C. West is the founder and president of Automated Vision Systems, Inc., a leading consulting firm in the field of machine vision. He has over 35 years of experience in machine vision. This experience includes system design and development, software development of both general purpose and application specific software packages, optical engineering for both lighting and imaging, camera and interface design, education and training, manufacturing management, engineering management, and marketing studies. He received his BSEE from the University of California at Berkeley, is a past President of the Machine Vision Association of SME, received the MVA/SME Chairman’s Award for 1990, and received the Automated Imaging Association’s annual Achievement Award for 2003.