This paper presents a hybrid model for embedded machine vision combining programmable hardware for the image processing tasks and a digital hardware implementation of an artificial neural network for the pattern recognition and classification tasks. A number of possible architectural implementations are compared. A prototype development system of the hybrid model has been created, and hardware details and software tools are discussed. The applicability of the hybrid design is demonstrated with the development of a vision application: real-time detection and recognition of road signs.
- embedded machine vision
- road sign detection