Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

SDKs Provide a Wealth of Capabilities

Power, Ease of Use and Flexibility
Horde3D is a small open-source 3-D rendering SDK.
Media Cybernetics' Image-Pro Plus.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.'s MultiCore Plus SDK 1.0, an intuitive programming environment for the Cell Broadband Engine and other multi-core processors.

By Lee J. Nelson
Contributing Editor

Identix Inc. (Minnetonka, Minn.) SDKs extend biometric functionality for building enrollment and facial recognition applications, including template creation, quality management and one-to-one, one-to-many and watch list searches. The company's FaceIt family of SDKs contain ActiveX and COM objects and are designed to use images acquired from live or stored video.

The FaceIt Quality Assessment SDK with its Standards Formatting Module helps to locate the face in non-frontal poses and estimates the head's rotational angle. Head size, head cropping, brightness, darkness, blur, glasses on/off and glasses glare, compression and resolution are additional parameters which the software assesses. It exports images in ISO (International Organization for Standardization) facial data interchange format.

Identix assists users in porting the C++ FaceIt libraries to UNIX, Linux or other non-Windows platforms. For FaceIt Surveillance and FaceIt Quality Assessment SDKs with the Standards Formatting Module, other languages compatible with COM and ActiveX technology can be employed and include Visual BASIC, Microsoft Visual C++ and Delphi.

Media Cybernetics, Inc. (Silver Spring, Md.) is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its venerable Image-Pro Plus, attributing success to the software's inherent flexibility and programmability. Image-Pro Plus also adds a built-in macro scripting language, modeled after BASIC, plus the capacity to construct a graphical workflow toolbar which strings together a variety of macros. A free SDK supplements Image-Pro Plus with illustrations for Visual C++ or Visual BASIC languages, among others. The SDK describes how to configure Image-Pro Plus for background operation as an image analysis server.

Image-Pro Plus can be augmented with modules for capturing images from scientific cameras and peripheral devices. Each of those plug-ins has an attendant DDK which ensures proper performance within the Image-Pro environment as well as macro support for custom solutions. For vertical applications in molecular biology, microarray genomics and metallography, Media Cybernetics architects domain-specific versions of Image-Pro Plus, all with a sophisticated scripting language. Each originated from macros developed as a response to market dynamics.

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