UPDATED BY
Matthew Urwin | Nov 22, 2022

Computer vision uses artificial intelligence to train computers to analyze and understand images on an advanced level. That involves everything from video tracking and object recognition to scene reconstruction and navigation mapping.

Lots of industries — real estate, retail and even dentistry — have found innovative ways to incorporate computer vision. We’ve rounded up 32 computer vision companies worth a closer look.

Top Computer Vision Companies

  • Magic Leap
  • Veritone
  • Matterport
  • Iterative Health
  • Piaggio Fast Forward
  • Radar
  • Streem
  • Evolv Technology
  • Descartes Labs
  • Orbital Insight

 

Computer Vision Companies to Watch

1. Magic Leap

Founded: 2011

Location: Plantation, Florida

How it uses computer vision: Magic Leap develops interactive learning and training solutions with its enterprise augmented reality technology. Tapping into the potential of virtual reality and computer vision, the Magic Leap 1 and Magic Leap 2 headsets immerse users in 3D worlds with advanced sensors and high-quality graphics. Organizations can then run complex simulations to prepare their teams for a variety of situations on the job.

 

2. Veritone

Founded: 2014

Location: Fully Remote

How it uses computer vision: Veritone is on a mission to make AI more accessible for organizations, and the company does so through its Veritone aiWARE platform. Possessing computer vision, the platform can analyze satellite images, detect logos, recognize license plates and discern text, among other capabilities. Many of these features also allow clients to create personalized models, so they can adapt Veritone’s technology to fit specific contexts.

 

3. Matterport

Founded: 2011

Location: Sunnyvale, California

How it uses computer vision: Anyone who’s ever been in the market for a new place and squinted through galleries of grainy apartment images on Craigslist understands the use value of an outfit like Matterport. The company’s software captures high-quality 3D images and generates virtual tours of interior spaces, giving potential buyers and renters a quick and accurate sense of layout. Besides real estate and architecture, the company continues to push its software into construction, insurance and other industries.

 

4. Iterative Health

Founded: 2017

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

How it uses computer vision: Iterative Scopes is bringing gastroenterology up to speed with other healthcare disciplines by applying computer vision and AI technology to detect diseases and provide treatments. The company’s computer vision tools analyze images and produce accurate locations of objects. If any further action is needed, AI algorithms can match patients with the ideal clinical trial, reducing the time it takes to get patients personalized care.

 

5. Piaggio Fast Forward

Founded: 2015

Location: Boston, Massachusetts 

How it uses computer vision: The venerable auto manufacturers behind mod-preferred two-wheelers like Vespa and Moto Guzzi, Piaggio Fast Forward focuses on forward-looking modes of mobility. The self-described “Do Tank” (as opposed to a mere “think” one) debuted with gita, a robot receptacle that trails its user, can lug loads up to 40 pounds and uses computer vision to navigate its environment.

 

6. Radar

Founded: 2010 

Location: New York, New York

How it uses computer vision: By combining computer vision with radio frequency identification, Radar’s platform allows retailers to track inventory in real time — gathering info about when shelves need restocking, as well as how people are interacting with products — and auto-charge customers for purchases as they leave the store. In addition, the company’s geofencing technology detects curbside arrivals, making for a smoother pickup at the grocery store.

 

7. Streem

Founded: 2017 

Location: Portland, Oregon

How it uses computer vision: Streem enables customers to report issues like broken refrigerators or congested heaters with augmented reality technology in app form, connecting technicians with users for remote troubleshooting via video. But unlike standard video chat apps (FaceTime, for instance), Streem incorporates computer vision that can determine brand numbers, model information, part details and other specs directly through the platform.

 

8. Evolv Technology

Founded: 2013

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

How it uses computer vision: Anyone who has ever contended with long airport security lines has pined for the kind of computer vision and AI used by Evolv Technology. The company made a portable Evolv Edge system that screens 800-plus people per hour, while letting people continue at their own pace and removing the need to empty pockets. With advanced computer vision, the system can detect a wide range of weapons, including metallic and non-metallic items.

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9. Descartes Labs

Founded: 2014

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

How it uses computer vision: After branching off from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Descartes Labs in 2015 used cloud computing and computer vision to mine satellite images and weather data, then map out an estimate of America’s upcoming corn yield. The model proved even more accurate than the Agriculture Department’s own forecast, moving the market three percent. The company has since built a geoprocessing platform that showcases over 100 geospatial workflows and over 120 datasets primed for analysis.

 

10. Orbital Insight

Founded: 2013

Location: Palo Alto, California

How it uses computer vision: Leveraging its AI-based geospatial analytics platform, Orbital Insight gives companies the ability to quickly locate and track mobile and immobile objects. AI algorithms and computer vision narrow down each search to categories such as objects, geolocation and land use. Once an organization has locked on to its desired target, Orbital Insight’s GO platform accumulates sensor data and reports back any unusual patterns of activity.

 

11. OnSiteIQ

Founded: 2017

Location: New York, New York

How it uses computer vision: OnSiteIQ is reshaping the construction industry into a tech-driven sector with its construction photo documentation platform. After a team walks through a site and compiles visual data, OnSiteIQ’s computer vision technology merges this data with a company’s floor plan. Workers and managers can then view their sites from anywhere and even travel back to previous project phases, making it easier to spot potential issues, track progress and ensure teams stay on schedule.

 

12. Verkada 

Founded: 2016

Location: San Mateo, California

How it uses computer vision: To provide all-around protection, Verkada reinforces security systems with a cloud-based platform and computer vision tools. The company equips security teams with the Command platform and environmental sensors, allowing personnel to monitor changes and compile data within a single digital location. AI features can also sift through this data to find events of interest, helping teams work more efficiently.

 

13. Nauto

Founded: 2015

Location: Palo Alto, California

How it uses computer vision: Nauto encourages better driving habits among fleets by tracking on-road behavior with computer vision and AI technology. With a system of AI-based cameras and sensors, Nauto anticipates incoming collisions and provides real-time alerts to drivers. Rather than record all interactions, the company’s computer vision tools only home in on dangerous scenarios to compile relevant data and respect users’ privacy.

 

14. Hawk-Eye Innovations

Founded: 1999

Location: New York, New York

How it uses computer vision: Instead of leaving calls to chance during sports’ biggest moments, Hawk-Eye Innovations captures objects with computer vision-driven replay and tracking technology. The company’s SMART and TRACK systems enable officials to go back and take a closer look at actions from multiple angles. Hawk-Eye Innovations’ INSIGHT feature then collects in-depth data, supporting more detailed analyses and sports commentary. 

 

15. Veo Robotics

Founded: 2016

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

How it uses computer vision: Co-founded by the engineer who programmed the Roomba autonomous vacuum gadget, Veo Robotics aims to design robots that can seamlessly and safely work alongside humans on factory floors. The company’s Veo FreeMove combines computer vision and 3D depth-sensing technology to ensure safe distances between industrial bots and humans or unknown objects.

 

16. Occipital

Founded: 2008

Location: Fully Remote

How it uses computer vision: Occipital combines 3D sensors and Apple’s technology to make it easier for people to design interactive models for industries like home improvement and healthcare. The company’s tool Canvas operates on iPhones and iPads and provides detailed scans of spaces for measurements, drawings and other purposes. Meanwhile, Occipital’s Structure Sensor applies scanning technology to patients, so healthcare professionals can deliver more accurate and in-depth diagnoses.

 

17. KeyMe Locksmiths

Founded: 2012

Location: Jersey City, New Jersey

How it uses computer vision: Boasting a nationwide collection of kiosks, KeyMe Locksmiths offers a slate of key-related services. Whenever customers find themselves locked out of a place, they can request service through a mobile app. KeyMe Locksmiths also supports customers at in-person locations with key copying machines, which deliver more precise keys by leveraging computer vision technology.

 

18. Code Ocean

Founded: 2016

Location: New York, New York

How it uses computer vision: Code Ocean isn’t so much a computer vision tool as a platform that provides researchers with a venue to build and publish executable projects using open source languages. More than a dozen projects have explored the capabilities of computer vision, including visual object tracking, SIFT matching and image filtering.

 

19. Athena Security

Founded: 2018

Location: Austin, Texas

How it uses computer vision: Athena Security has brought computer vision to the security industry to power its temperature and weapons detection products. With advanced scanners, the company is able to determine the temperatures of over 2,000 people per hour, whether they’re masked or unmasked. In more urgent situations, the same system can detect concealed weapons and alert the appropriate personnel of a potential threat.

 

20. Pearl

Founded: 2019

Location: West Hollywood, California

How it uses computer vision: With its Practice Intelligence platform, Pearl enables dental professionals to deliver more accurate and faster service. The computer vision-powered tool scans and analyzes radiographs to detect bone loss, decay and other issues related to teeth structures. Pearl’s platform then delivers real-time alerts, giving dentists the ability to provide instant insights to patients and plan ahead for the best course of action to take.

 

21. NEXT Future Transportation

Founded: 2017

Location: San Jose, California

How it uses computer vision: NEXT Future Transportation has developed modular electric vehicles to reduce traffic and travel costs with an autonomous system. Each module is able to join with other modules while in motion, giving passengers more room to move. As a result, NEXT Future Transportation’s system makes en-route-transfers a convenience, supporting passengers with a more seamless public transit experience.

 

22. AEye

Founded: 2013 

Location: Dublin, California

How it uses computer vision: AEye is making autonomous travel safer with its long-range computer vision and lidar-based features. 4sight technology is able to spot small objects like pedestrians up to 300 meters away while demonstrating increased accuracy to reduce false alarms. The company’s system is also able to determine when a vehicle cuts in front, allowing autopilot features to make adjustments at top speeds for more secure travel.

 

23. WEVO

Founded: 2017

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

How it uses computer vision: Companies of all kinds want their lead conversion rates to go up. WEVO aims to better serve that widespread want by using AI to forecast the conversion rates of pages before they actually go live. After inputting data like site demographics, an existing page template and the page template of a competitor, WEVO’s tool — which incorporates computer vision algorithms to “consider” the inputted pages — predicts conversion. Plus, the company uses computer vision to locate hot spots on web pages, helping designers uncover how users navigate their site.

 

24. Hover

Founded: 2011

Location: San Francisco, California

How it uses computer vision: Co-founded by a former Intel engineer and Department of Defense consultant, Hover lets renovation-minded homeowners whip up a 3D digital doppelgänger of their home by snapping photos with a smartphone. Users upload images into the app, then advanced CV generates the 3D model, through which homeowners, contractors or (in the case of damage assessment) insurance adjusters can virtually stroll. Partnerships with the likes of Home Depot mean potential buyers can visualize updates like roof and wall finishes with greater clarity.

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25. Betterview

Founded: 2014

Location: San Francisco, California

How it uses computer vision: Drones are pretty much de rigueur tools for major insurance companies when it comes to property inspection, because they can safely view and record hard-to-reach areas. Using software that analyzes aerial and satellite footage and instantly detects red flags, Betterview floats the concept a bit higher. By running its database of one million-plus roof images through machine learning analysis, for instance, the platform can reportedly diagnose roof damage, tree overhang, ponding, rust and other issues.

 

26. Reconstruct

Founded: 2016

Location: Menlo Park, California

How it uses computer vision: Reconstruct has become a leading player in AI-assisted construction management by using drones and cameras to gather data, then generate building-information modeling and schedule projects. Users can virtually assess project steps before they’re launched, and project members can remotely keep tabs once ground is broken.

 

27. Arturo

Founded: 2017

Location: Fully Remote

How it uses computer vision: Developed in-house by American Family Insurance, Arturo combines computer vision and multi-source imagery to assess properties without the need for in-person inspections. Satellite, aerial and drone-based technology are a few sources that make up Arturo’s detailed property analytics. With this diverse info, insurers can evaluate factors like chimney condition, fire zones and building deterioration to produce more accurate claims and effectively manage property risks.

 

28. The Drone Racing League

Founded: 2015

Location: New York, New York

How it uses computer vision: The Drone Racing League is unifying computer vision and sports with its First Person View drone technology, in which participants control their drones by wearing goggles and watching its actions through a live video feed. The result is an immersive experience where racers almost ‘become’ their drones. Media powerhouses like NBC and Twitter are bringing this unique competition to worldwide audiences.

 

29. Octi

Founded: 2017

Location: Los Angeles, California

How it uses computer vision: Octi merges computer vision with everyday life in the first-ever augmented reality social media network. The company’s mobile platform enables users to create online content while interacting with digital characters, animals and other elements. For every reaction a post or video garners, creators can earn Octi coins and purchase items such as shoes, bags and headwear from select brands.

 

30. Aira

Founded: 2015

Location: La Jolla, California

How it uses computer vision: Propelled by investment from the late serial entrepreneur Larry Bock, whose macular degeneration left him legally blind before the age of 30, Aira pairs visually impaired people with trained agents who act as “seeing eyes” for users. These agents access phone cameras with computer vision to read text, describe nearby objects and help users navigate their environments. Aira’s next frontier? Using AI and computer vision to learn and chart users’ regular routes.

 

31. Aila Technologies

Founded: 2010

Location: Natick, Massachusetts

How it uses computer vision: Traditional brick-and-mortar retail usually isn’t the first thing one thinks of when it comes to computer vision. But some retail hardware providers, like Aila Technologies, are combining the in-store experience with the new machine-learning reality. Aila makes customer-facing kiosks (product search, self-checkout and price check) and handheld scanners (inventory management and mobile point-of-sale) that use computer vision to optimize scanning functions.

 

32. Lumotive

Founded: 2018

Location: Bellevue, Washington

How it uses computer vision: The Bill Gates-backed startup Lumotive aims to work around the bulky-and-breakable nature of LIDAR by using metamaterials — microscopic structures engineered to feature non-naturally occurring properties, in this case a liquid-crystal metasurface. That surface, in turn, creates a beam-steering chip and computer vision-like radar that forgoes the laser beams of traditional LIDAR, adding another dimension to the realm of autonomous vehicle development.

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