It may sound like a cliche, but it’s completely true: computer vision is changing the world. This critical AI application is supercharging the power of multiple industries including medicine, automotive, aerospace, technology, and more. As data annotators ourselves, we at iMerit felt it might be prudent to compile a list of the top computer vision companies we feel should be followed in 2021.
Here are 5 computer vision companies worth following in 2021.
1. Athena Security
Location: Austin, Texas
Industry: Security & Surveillance
The United States was plagued in 2019 with 417 mass shootings. While law enforcement is always doing everything it can to respond to these situations, anticipating them with the power of artificial intelligence while also improving the performance of surveillance and security could ultimately prevail in creating a society with less incidences like mass shootings.
That’s exactly what Athena Security is trying to do. This company has worked tirelessly to develop and deploy computer vision technology that can detect weapons in real time, and subsequently inform law enforcement of the plausible threat.
Athena Security is among the most prevalent computer vision companies as it has 1000 cameras in schools, religious institutions, public spaces, and businesses around the world. It currently has around $5.5M in seed funding.
2. Lionbridge AI (TELUS International)
Location: Waltham, MA
Industry: Computer Vision Training Data
Computer vision technology, like most AI technology, is only as adequate as the data it’s built upon. Lionbridge AI specializes in AI training data for leading computer vision companies around the world, and boasts an impressive internal team of data scientists and an ever-expanding community of over 1 million crowd-sourced contributors.
Lionbridge AI was recently sold to TELUS International as a means to complement TELUS International’s digital solution portfolio with artificial intelligence. This means that TELUS is benefitting from Lionbridge’s acquisition of Gengo AI alongside their lucrative Canadian government contract. Lionbridge AI’s genius in the areas of AI training data will undoubtedly prove to hugely compliment Telus Internationals’ portfolio.
Location: Menlo Park, California
Industry: Gaming – Virtual Reality (VR)
Typically the first thing that will pop into anyone’s mind when they hear the word “Oculus” is the Oculus Rift VR gaming device. After years of losing market share to VR competitors, Oculus was acquired by Facebook and subsequently super-funded to become more competitive with other computer vision companies/VR competitors like HTC, Playstation, and Microsoft.
2020 proved to be a substantial year for Oculus. The company’s 2019 release of hand tracking features for their VR headsets proved to be a huge success as players found themselves with a new level of in-game immersion. This feature has only improved since its initial launch, and continues to be a competitive differentiator for the VR company.
Location: La Jolla, California
Industry: Medical Imaging
When it comes to computer vision companies, there is no more exciting application of this technology than when it comes to medicine. CureMetrix is using computer vision to improve and optimize radiology. This breakthrough application of the technology is having profound results throughout the world. CureMetrix is trying to mitigate false negatives with this technology to prevent certain cancers from continuously going undetected.
Curemetrix’s software is helping radiologists also improve mammogram evaluation, which is simultaneously reducing the cost of this procedure while significantly improving its application.
5. Vizseek (Imageinestics)
Location: West Ladayette, Indiana
Industry: Visual Search, 3D Printing
Google revolutionized the way we seek and digest information online. Overtime, progress and breakthroughs around natural language processing (NLP) have increased the prevalence of people searching online using voice recognition technology by 40%.
At the same time, image data has come a long way since the widespread adoption of the internet. That’s why VizSeek (owned by Imaginestics) has developed a visual search engine in hopes that it will revolutionize the internet in much the same way Google once did. With VizSeek, customers can search for products or parts on a database with nothing more than a picture or hand-drawn sketch. Even the US Air Force is investing in this concept for an Additive Manufacturing Advisory system.