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Our eyes capture images of the world surrounding us and our brain is capable of extracting detailed information from such images. Video and image processing aim at replicating this ability by constructing a “seeing computer”. To this end a camera replaces the eyes and the (video and image) processing software replaces the human brain. The purpose of this book is to present the basics within these two topics; cameras and video/image processing. This first chapter of the book motivates the need for video and image processing, and points out the many possible application areas. The book is inspired by a system approach and a general framework for video and image processing is therefore discussed before a layout of the different chapters is provided.
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