updated 02:45 pm EST, Fri November 14, 2008
Matrox Iris GT
Matrox has introduced a unique camera that aims to resolve many of the problems of image recognition. Normally known for its graphics cards, the company's Iris GT includes a near netbook-class system with a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 256MB of memory, and Windows CE 6 that let it run apps designed to recognize different content. Users can have it perform simple barcode scanning or more complex tasks like measuring objects and recognizing patterns, including text. It can also compensate for visual artifacts generated by the lens.
USB and serial ports let the Iris GT take a direct connection for transferring data with nearby sources; it also carries gigabit Ethernet to grant access to multiple computers or other devices over the network.
Matrox plans to ship the camera in February for an unspecified price with two variants depending on the choice of camera sensor. A Sony sensor records at a high 1280x960 but at a slower 22.5 frames per second that suits it more to capturing static but detailed images. A 640x480 Kodak sensor gives up sheer resolution in favor of a 110 frames per second speed suited to constantly moving images. [via Windows for Devices]