Picture factories humming with machines that “see” and diagnose defects, surgeons receiving real-time guidance from computer vision (CV)-powered digital assistants, or self-driving cars navigating complex urban environments. This is the exciting future that CV promises. Fueled by the twin engines of booming data volumes and ever-evolving deep learning algorithms, this technology rapidly transforms industries and propels innovation across diverse landscapes. Two distinct yet complementary trends are shaping this dynamic space: 1) the rise of horizontal CV capabilities offering versatile functionalities across industries and 2) the emergence of vertical CV capabilities tailored to unique domain challenges and use cases. While the former promises breadth, the latter ensures depth. So where does one go when seeking the ideal CV platform? Our newly published Forrester Wave™ evaluation shows that buyers must look for CV platforms that offer a combination of both.

CV platform providers craft or assist users in developing algorithms, tools, and solutions that enable computers to see, analyze, and make sense of visual information. From recognizing faces in a crowd to getting insights from videos and images, these providers are the architects behind the scenes, building the bridges between pixels and purpose.

Overall, the future of computer vision technology looks exciting. As technology advances and the world changes, industries must adapt, and we at Forrester stand ready to help with a wide range of research on computer vision that can assist you in shaping your future.

Forrester clients can download the Wave report to see our evaluation of computer vision technology providers and plan for CV-enabled solutions. They can also connect with me through an inquiry or guidance session to discuss computer vision technology and any associated topics.

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