Inspecta, founded in 2003 as a spinoff of the Computer Vision Center at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), innovates through collaborations with researchers from the UAB and the University of Barcelona.
Computer vision (or artificial vision) is an artificial intelligence field aimed at understanding the information contained within an image or video. The first industrial application to which the company employed its technology was quality control of cork stoppers for bottles of wine and cava. Their CorkInspect system analyzes the color of the bottle cap and has a self-learning system by which the machine learns to classify based on a set of samples.
Subsequently, the company applied its accumulated knowledge to applications in other areas such as retail, smart cities, healthcare, and advertising based on video analysis of consumer behavior.
For retail, Inspecta has devised various tools to analyze customers at the point of sale. These tools can be combined into one solution and offer additional, valuable information, such as the to extent to which exhibitors or advertisements capture audiences, or the conversion rate of people that enter a store and end up buying something. Inspecta is beginning to apply some of these tools to the field of smart cities.
For healthcare, Inspecta has created a neurofunctional stimulation system for trauma patients; a cervical and lumbar rehabilitation program that detects the incline of the patient’s posture at all times and offers the options to correct it; and, for the ICU, applications to detect patient agitation and tools to accelerate their neurological recovery through the new concept of ‘serious gaming’.