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December 14, 2020

Smart Eye Field Tests The New AIS Aftermarket Product - Raising Haulage Industry Safety Standards

Smart Eye, a leading developer of AI-powered Driver Monitoring Technology, is preparing for the launch of their new aftermarket DMS system by conducting field tests with haulage company Ernsts Express. Based on the test results, Smart Eye expects to gain valuable insights on how to raise the safety standards for the automotive aftermarket.

Read more here.

To find out more about the field tests and see test driver Jonas Hedh try out Smart Eye’s new product, visit here.

December 10, 2020

Introducing the Smart Eye Pro 9.1

Since its launch, the Smart Eye Pro has helped researchers see beyond their previous limitations. As accurate as it is versatile, the Smart Eye Pro has been the ultimate research partner for car and flight simulators, vehicle studies, multi-screen or control room environments, long-range tracking, mobiles, tablets and single screens around the world.

Now, the world’s most advanced remote eye tracking system is able to see even further. As of today, we are proud to introduce the new Smart Eye Pro 9.1.

The Smart Eye Pro 9.1 takes the great accuracy and large visual field of the original model and combines it with an increased flexibility. The multi-camera system allows 360-degree head and eye tracking in any lighting conditions, even when large parts of the face is covered.

If there’s anything this year has taught us, it’s the importance of versatility in our research instruments. Covid-19 has not only affected our daily lives, it has also forced us to adjust the way we do research, whether this means switching up locations or wearing a face mask. With this in mind, we have developed the Smart Eye Pro 9.1 as a system that adapts to you and your research – not the other way around.

Watch as our sales engineer Sebastian Johansson demonstrates the new functions of the Smart Eye Pro 9.1 in the video below.

The new features of the
Smart Eye Pro 9.1 include:

  • Very accurate head and eye tracking, even when the subject is wearing a face mask or some other object that partly covers the face
  • Effective in situations where helmets and oxygen masks cover most of the face, which are common for many of our aviation customers
  • Allows you to set a world coordinate system to an anchor point in the real world, reducing the need to have a mount for the chess board to reproduce original world coordinate systems
  • Synchronizes multiple systems in order to use the same point of origin for the world coordinate system, making it possible for multiple systems to use the same world model and that the output data is synchronized in both time and space

 

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Want to know more about how the Smart Eye Pro 9.1 work?
Get in touch, and we’ll be happy to set up a live demonstration.

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December 7, 2020

Smart Eye at Erik Penser bank

Watch CFO Anders Lyrheden present Smart Eye at Erik Penser Bank last week.

Watch the full video here.

November 24, 2020

Webinar: How Eye Tracking Benefits Automotive HMI Research and Development

Are you curious about how automotive HMI research and development can take the next step towards seamless human-machine interaction?

Then be sure to mark December 3rd 2020, 6PM CET in your calendar.

In this live webinar, Robert Wesley (Smart Eye Sales Director), Aaron Galbraith (Smart Eye Sales Engineer) and Nam Nguyen (iMotions Neuroscience Product Specialist) will explain how tracking someone’s eye and head movements provide automotive engineers, researchers and scientists with an edge while facing future R&D challenges.

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November 11, 2020

OmniVision, Ambarella and Smart Eye Partner on Automotive Industry’s First Combined Driver Monitoring and Videoconferencing Camera Solution

Reference Design Combines OmniVision’s Dual-Mode Global Shutter Image Sensor for Both RGB and IR Imaging With Ambarella’s AI Vision Processor and Smart Eye’s AI DMS Software Algorithm

OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, Ambarella, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMBA), an AI vision silicon company, and Smart Eye, a world leader in developing AI-powered eye, mouth and head tracking technology, today announced in advance of AutoSens Detroit the automotive industry’s first complete solution for dual-mode camera applications. This joint solution simultaneously monitors drivers while capturing vehicle occupants for one-way videoconferencing. It features OmniVision’s automotive industry-first OV2312 image sensor, with a dual-mode global shutter that captures both RGB color images and IR images under low-light conditions. These dual captures are then processed simultaneously by Ambarella’s CV22AQ CVflow® computer vision processor, which runs Smart Eye’s algorithms to analyze the driver’s state and alert the vehicle to any unsafe indicators, such as drowsiness. The companies worked together to integrate and fine tune this solution, which is available as a complete reference design, allowing automotive designers to focus on differentiating their final application while simplifying the overall design effort.

The companies are currently in discussions with automotive OEMs regarding the implementation of this reference design in upcoming car models. This joint solution enables the full range of driver and cabin monitoring implementations, from safety applications to augmented reality displays and interior sensing with deep neural networks and AI. The solution’s one-way video conferencing allows remote conference participants to see those in the vehicle, while the vehicle receives only audio to reduce driver distraction.

“Our CV22AQ offers best-in-class image processing and high performance AI computing at low power consumption, typically below 2.5 watts,” said Fermi Wang, president and CEO of Ambarella. “While we have worked together to pretune this joint solution, designers still have the flexibility to further customize it to the needs of their specific implementations.”

“Our AI software makes it possible for automotive OEMs and tier-1s to deploy a new generation of driver and in-cabin monitoring systems with advanced AI features, increasing safety and convenience for drivers and passengers,” said Martin Krantz, CEO of Smart Eye. “This dual-mode joint solution has the unique ability to monitor the driver while simultaneously capturing images for videoconferencing, regardless of lighting conditions.”

“Our OV2312 is the only automotive image sensor that offers the combination of dual-mode RGB-IR capture and a global shutter,” said Mario Heid, vice president of OmniVision Europe. “Without this combined functionality, the camera system designers would have to use two separate image sensors, which is too expensive for most vehicles. At the same time, the European Union (through Euro NCAP) is requiring that all new cars sold in Europe have a driver monitoring system (DMS) camera by 2022, and our joint solution gives OEMs the flexibility to differentiate their vehicle features while meeting this mandate.”

The OmniVision OV2312 is a dual-mode automotive image sensor, enabling single-camera driver state monitoring and viewing applications, such as the videoconferencing capability in this reference design. It remains the automotive industry’s only RGB-IR global shutter image sensor, while offering the smallest size in its class of 2MP sensors. The OV2312 provides advanced ASIL functional safety and industry-leading near-infrared (NIR) light performance of 14% quantum efficiency at the 940 nm wavelength, along with excellent modulation transfer function (MTF). Its power consumption is also industry leading, consuming just 190 mW in typical conditions. The end result is that the OV2312 reduces the number of image sensors in the system, saving both power and space by eliminating the need for multiple rolling shutter sensors.

The OV2312 is the latest member of OmniVision’s automotive global shutter image sensor family. It is pin-to-pin compatible with the OV2310 and OV2311 family members, which provides designers with the flexibility to choose the best feature set for their needs.

Ambarella’s scalable CVflow processor family provides a full range of systems on chip (SoCs) across multiple performance and price points. The company’s powerful image signal pipeline (ISP), with support for OmniVision’s dual-mode RGB-IR color filter arrays, enables high-accuracy detection and monitoring, even in low-light, in-cabin environments. Its high dynamic range (HDR) processing extracts maximum image detail in high-contrast scenes, further enhancing the chip’s computer vision capabilities and the performance potential of Smart Eye algorithms.

Smart Eye’s DMS solution offers eye tracking software for integration in passenger cars and other vehicles to facilitate better safety and other functions that improve the user experience. By carefully studying eye, facial and head movement, Smart Eye’s interior vehicle algorithms can draw conclusions about a person’s alertness, attention and focus.

This joint reference design, including a demo board equipped with the three companies’ pretuned devices and software, is expected to be available to qualified customers later this quarter. Customers interested in obtaining this 3-way demo should contact their local sales representative for one of the three companies. For more information, contact your OmniVision sales representative: www.ovt.com/contact-sales.