What's new in Computer Vision

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January 2021

Spatial analysis container update

A new version of the spatial analysis container has been released with a new feature set. This Docker container lets you analyze real-time streaming video to understand spatial relationships between people and their movement through physical environments.

  • Spatial analysis operations can be now configured to detect if a person is wearing a protective face covering such as a mask.
    • A mask classifier can be enabled for the personcount, personcrossingline and personcrossingpolygon operations by configuring the ENABLE_FACE_MASK_CLASSIFIER parameter.
    • The attributes face_mask and face_noMask will be returned as metadata with confidence score for each person detected in the video stream

October 2020

Computer Vision API v3.1 GA

The Computer Vision API in General Availability has been upgraded to v3.1.

September 2020

Spatial analysis container preview

The spatial analysis container is now in preview. The spatial analysis feature of Computer Vision lets you to analyze real-time streaming video to understand spatial relationships between people and their movement through physical environments. Spatial analysis is a Docker container you can use on-premises.

Read API v3.1 Public Preview adds OCR for Japanese

Computer Vision's Read API v3.1 public preview adds these capabilities:

  • OCR for Japanese language

  • For each text line, indicate whether the appearance is Handwriting or Print style, along with a confidence score (Latin languages only).

  • For a multi-page document extract text only for selected pages or page range.

  • This preview version of the Read API supports English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish languages.

See the Read API overview to learn more.

July 2020

Read API v3.1 Public Preview with OCR for Simplified Chinese

Computer Vision's Read API v3.1 public preview adds support for Simplified Chinese.

  • This preview version of the Read API supports English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish languages.

See the Read API overview to learn more.

May 2020

Computer Vision API v3.0 entered General Availability, with updates to Read API:

  • Support for English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish
  • Improved accuracy
  • Confidence score for each extracted word
  • New output format

March 2020

January 2020

Read API 3.0 Public Preview

You now have the option to use version 3.0 of the Read API to extract printed or handwritten text from images. Compared to earlier versions, 3.0 provides:

  • Improved accuracy
  • New output format
  • Confidence score for each extracted word
  • Support for both Spanish and English languages with the additional language parameter

Follow an Extract text quickstart to get starting using the 3.0 API.

Cognitive Service updates

Azure update announcements for Cognitive Services