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6Sight's logo. Click here to visit the 6Sight website! PRESS RELEASE: 6Sight Future of Imaging Conference and FotoNation Join Forces Again - Will Bring Cutting-Edge Imaging Research to 08 Event


Focus is on the 3rd Generation of Intelligent Image Capture Technologies and Applications

Las Vegas, NV – January 30, 2008 – Future Image, the Association of Imaging Executives (AIE) and Photo Marketing Association International (PMA), the organizers of the 6Sight® - The Future of Imaging executive conference, announced at the PMA Sneak Peek press event in Las Vegas today that, for the second consecutive year, they will join forces with FotoNation, Inc. to produce one of the event’s main technology sessions. Attendees at the 2007 event were privileged to see:

  • Marian Stewart Bartlett, University of California, San Diego, – Computer-based facial expression recognition
  • Areil Shamir, PhD, Efi Arazi School of Computer Science, – Seam carving for content aware image resizing
  • John Ghent, PhD, National University of Ireland, Facial expression synthesis

The 2008 session will explore advancement in technologies as applied to new applications for image capture. Potential examples range from sleep detection in cars, emotion detection in robots for toys, face recognition for consumer image capture devices (digital cameras, camera-phones, video cameras), behavioral/neurological feedback systems for autism, and more at the third edition of 6Sight to be held at the Monterey California Conference Center on November 19 and 20, 2008.

FotoNation will extend invitations, evaluate submissions from imaging technologists from around the world and select three finalists to speak at the 6Sight Conference. Presenters must have a working implementation of their technology that is demonstrable for live presentation. The selection criteria will be designed to single out research projects that have the greatest potential to influence the design and functionality of future generations of image capture devices, digital cameras, video cameras, and camera-phones. Interested applicants should contact Eric Zarakov, FotonNation’s Vice President of Marketing at Marketing@FotoNation.com.

“6Sight is about highlighting the emerging technologies and trends that will have the greatest impact on how people use images at home, at work and as members of communities” said Alexis Gerard, program chair of 6Sight Conferences. “We were extremely pleased with the enthusiastic response to our joint effort last year. We’re excited to be working so closely with FotoNation, and acknowledged leader in fundamental imaging technology, to bring these developments “up close and personal” to our audience of senior decision makers in the imaging and technology industries.”

“We are very pleased with the interest that our 6Sight 2007 session on face-based imaging” said Eric Zarakov, Vice President of Marketing of FotoNation. “The potential for intelligent image capture technology extends well beyond the realm of consumer digital cameras and these developments are fundamentally shifting the digital image capture paradigm. We call this new era Photography 3.0. FotoNation is looking forwarded to facilitating the presentation of some of the most cutting edge work being done in this area at the upcoming 2008 6Sight Conference.”

Information about the 6Sight Conference can be found at www.6Sight.com. Spaces are available in the 6Sight New Technology Fair where the most exciting new imaging technologies are on display for the imaging executives, media, analysts and investors who attend the conference. For more information on the New Tech Fair and other sponsorship opportunities, contact Joe Byrd at JByrd@6Sight.com.

About 6Sight
6Sight® The Future of Imaging is an executive-level conference that explores the transformative impact of recent and forthcoming imaging technologies on businesses, homes and communities. Technologists, marketers, futurists, artists, educators, high-volume users and members of the media come together annually to preview breakthrough technologies, envision innovative uses, and spark new ideas and alliances that promote the interests of the participating companies and the industry as a whole. The program emphasizes interactivity, rich media presentations and high-level connections among participants. 6Sight was created by Future Image Inc., an independent center of expertise on imaging technology and publisher of The Future Image Report, and is co-produced with the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) and with the Association of Imaging Executives® (AIE®), a PMA® member association of photo imaging leaders who shape the strategic growth of the global imaging industry.

About FotoNation
FotoNation (www.fotonation.com) is a world-leading independent provider of embedded imaging solutions for the digital camera and mobile phone industry providing products and technology to improve image quality and user’s experience in digital photography. The company’s extensive portfolio of patented innovations include in-camera corrections for red-eye, dust spot removal, chromatic aberration correction, face tracking, smile detection and other face based technologies. Clients include Canon, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, Microsoft, Minton, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Samsung, Sanyo, and Sony, among others.

At least two of every three digital cameras sold today contain FotoNation's embedded Technology.

FotoNation® is a registered trademark of FotoNation Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


(First posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 14:52 EST)

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