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Field of robotics in which programs attempt to identify objects represented in digitized images provided by video cameras, thus enabling robots to see. Much work has been done on stereo vision as an aid to object identification and location within a three-dimensional field of view. Recognition of objects in real time, as would be needed for active robots in complex environments, usually requires computing power beyond the capabilities of present-day technology. See alsopattern recognition.
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