Prophesee: the start-up designing a new generation of machine vision that has its eyes set on patent protection
By Fernanda Donaire Passoni
Founded in 2013, Prophesee is a start-up based in Paris which has created the most advanced neuromorphic vision system in the world. Inspired by human vision and built on the foundation of neuromorphic engineering, Prophesee is a revolutionary system that gives Metavision to machines, enabling them to react much more intelligently, autonomously, faster and safer than before.
The technology behind Prohesee is built on an event-based vision system, which differs from the framed-based technology currently used on conventional video cameras. Framed-based technology represents motion by capturing a number of still frames each second: when displayed rapidly, the images create an illusion of continuous movement. However, in the space between these frames the camera has a brief moment of blindness, which means that it can possibly lose some information during this moment. This representation of motion is of little use for a computer considering that the camera can lose information on moving objects.