Computer vision has been using in different areas for years. I think the reason behind making researches about computer vision is, most important and effective sense is vision. We mostly learn thing by seeing. I have been to an experiment 3 years ago. We were in a room and having a dinner with around 50 people. Suddenly they turned the lights off for 5 min. We tried to eat our food without seeing it. You can smell it, you can touch it, you can hear the people around you, but you can’t see it. It was every interesting to see that vision is very important for us.
I think one of the important areas for the computer vision is, industrial production. In factories people using CV, for automated systems or to see very small details.
Another area is health services. Now a day, doctors are using cameras and robotic arms in surgeries.
I think in the near future, we are going to start producing smart machines with cameras.
There is an article on www.seedmagazine.com about a new robot that have ability to learn things, and at the end it dies because it learns more that its capacity. I am sure when the time comes, people will start to develop algorithms for those robots that they can start learning the things that they see by their eyes (cameras). In this example, they are using sonar sensor, which gives range values. For Example, hat if we use a camera with a sonar sensor. So we can detect objects (maybe with their shapes), which are close to our robot. Than by using an algorithm like color tracking we can understand the objects color. This process is very similar to a babies learning process. We can keep those data in memory and by using an algorithm (something like neural networks) we can start learning.
For example, our robot sees a chair (a chair like black one in class) and keeps its shape in its mind, than checks for the color. Then whenever it sees a chair with similar shape and color, it can think that it is in ITP.
So, maybe they can start watching our moves and start to make correlations between reason and result. That means we are creating the human again and all those sci-fi movies would become real.