OMRON to Launch New Image Sensing Component for Easy Interpretation of People's Intentions and Conditions

  OMRON to Launch New Image Sensing Component for Easy Interpretation of
  People's Intentions and Conditions

            Ten Sensing Functions Recognize Face, Hands, and Body


Business Wire

KYOTO, Japan -- September 17, 2013

OMRON Corporation (TOKYO:6645)(ADR:OMRNY) today announced the development of
its Human Vision Component (HVC), a new image sensing component that can be
embedded in a variety of devices and equipment. The HVC incorporates ten
algorithms from OKAO Vision and a camera module into a compact configuration.
OKAO Vision is OMRON’s image sensing technology capable of recognizing the
intentions and conditions of people through face recognition, estimation of
facial expressions, age estimation, gaze estimation, hand detection, and other
functions. Launch of the standard-type HVC is scheduled for December. From
next year onward, OMRON plans to introduce a succession of
application-specific HVC products, which will incorporate optimized hardware
and optical systems to enable customized functions that meet the requirements
of each specific industry.

New Image Sensing Component for Easy Interpretation of People's Intentions and
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New Image Sensing Component for Easy Interpretation of People's Intentions and
Conditions (Photo: Business Wire)

By adding the new HVC line of components to conventionally available software
products, OMRON expects to meet the market requirements for easy use of image
information. This will further expand its image sensing business targeting
human faces and motions. The new HVC will be unveiled at CEATEC Japan 2013 to
be held October 1-5 in the Makuhari Messe fair site.

In recent times, image analysis technology targeting human faces and motions
has been incorporated into more and more types of equipment. Examples include
air conditioners capable of automatically adjusting the temperature to the
level that people feel most comfortable; lighting products with efficient
automatic control depending on the presence of people, their movements, or
other conditions; automatic vending machines that suggest a product that
matches the preference of a specific consumer; home appliances controllable
via hand movements; robots that can react to the facial expressions of users;
cars that prevent drowsy or inattentive driving by recognizing signs of
fatigue in the driver’s face; and many more.

Still, conventional technology has limitations. When it comes to incorporating
sophisticated algorithms into equipment, the CPU performance and memory size
of the equipment are often insufficient. Extensive knowledge of software and
hardware is required, and the development process is time-consuming. With
OMRON’s HVC, all the processes up to image analysis are handled within the
component itself. The user simply needs to mount the component on the
equipment to obtain information on the conditions and intentions of people.

To date, OMRON has sold more than 500 million software licenses worldwide,
mainly in the digital camera and mobile phone markets, which call for
high-precision human face/motion sensing under varied conditions. Moreover,
OMRON, as a sensor manufacturer, possesses cutting-edge optical design
technology that supplements the processing of the image processing algorithms.

By combining these technologies, HVCs will enable high-precision
interpretation of the faces and motions of people under various conditions in
which the equipment is in use, whether indoor or outdoor. By offering these
components, OMRON will strive for smoother communications and interactions
between people and machines, while enabling a wide range of equipment to
operate optimally in response to the intentions or conditions of users.

1. People’s conditions recognizable simply by mounting an HVC on equipment
Regardless of the CPU performance of a customer’s equipment, simply mounting
an HVC on the equipment enables the customer to obtain the results of advanced
image processing as a sensor output.

2. Full range of functions
Ten different sensing functions are incorporated to recognize the intentions
and conditions of people from a variety of perspectives.

Available functions are: 1) face detection, 2) human body detection, 3) gender
estimation, 4) age estimation, 5) gaze estimation, 6) facial pose estimation,
7) face recognition, 8) estimation of facial expressions (satisfied,
unsatisfied, five different expressions: happiness, surprise, anger, sadness,
and neutral), 9) hand detection, and 10) blink estimation.

3. High precision
Accurate recognition of people’s conditions and intentions is enabled under a
variety of situations in which a customer’s equipment is used.

Examples of Applications
Home appliances (air conditioners)
Optimal air conditioner control is possible through detection of the position
and number of people in a room. Control can also vary depending on age and
gender, or through the identification of a specific person.

Marketing research (POS registers and automatic venders)
Information on consumers who access these devices can be collected, including
gender and age groups. HVC’s facial pose, gaze and expression estimation
enables consumer preferences and purchasing behaviors to be detected.

Industrial equipment (food processing equipment)
Hands-free control of equipment is possible through the use of hand detection
and gaze estimation.

Robotics (robotic pets)
Robots can react to the motions or facial expressions of users.

Security (access control systems)
Authorized persons who have registered their faces can enter or exit a room
without using a card or key.

Size: 60 mm x 40 mm
Power Voltage: 5 V
Input/Output Interface: UART 3.3 V

  *Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  *OKAO Vision and OKAO are registered trademarks or trademarks of OMRON
    Corporation in Japan and other countries.
  *Other product and service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of
    respective owners.

For more information regarding HVC, visit:

Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the
field of automation. Established in 1933, and headed by President Yoshihito
Yamada, OMRON has more than 36,000 employees in over 35 countries working to
provide products and services to customers in a variety of fields including
industrial automation, electronic components, social systems, healthcare, and
the environment. The company has regional head offices in Singapore (Asia
Pacific), Beijing (Greater China), Amsterdam (Europe, Africa, and the Middle
East), Chicago (the Americas), Gurgaon (India), and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
For more information, visit OMRON's website at

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Sales Inquiries
OMRON Electronic and Mechanical Components Company
Miharu Sakuragi, +81-77-565-5481
Application Oriented Components Department
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