In the information era, new technologies with world-changing potential are being invented every day. Although implementing them into practical use is no easy task, and it may take years or even decades to do so, the relentless development of technology is making everything possible.

Like cutting-edge fields such as 3D printing and augmented reality, computer vision, which sounded too futuristic to be practical when it emerged in the 1980s, is coming out of the research labs and going mainstream as both the technology and the market mature. As a technology with enormous application potential, computer vision is attracting major companies, like Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, as well as a growing number of start-ups.

Shanghai-based startup Yitu Technology is one of the new industry entrants. Yitu operates a cloud-based visual recognition engine that enables computers to detect and recognize faces and cars. The system was first applied to security surveillance to help authorities identify persons of interest in criminal investigations and to track traffic violations.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.