Vision as an input is everywhere—and with many accelerators available to assist us. Now there is an optimized toolkit from Intel to span the hardware with a single API, and it includes a library of functions, pre-optimized kernels, and optimized calls for OpenCV and OpenVX.

Intel calls it the Open Visual Inference & Neural Network Optimization (OpenVINO™) toolkit. It’s free and open source.

The most recent release even supports a Raspberry Pi as a host to use an Intel® Neural Compute Stick 2. The Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 is powered by the Intel™ Movidius™ X VPU to deliver incredible performance at very low power: 4 trillion operations per second, and it plugs into a USB port for communication and power.

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