It all begun with a small group of people. Idealists. They wanted to advance the state of the art in computer perception, help solve real problems and build better solutions for people that need them, and learn to collaborate, to stop reinventing the wheel. These people are seeds. Like many others out there. But they learned to put their egos aside and follow in the footsteps of other open source pioneers that have made things like this possible.
There is no beginning and no end to the software that we write. It’s all about the people that write it, those wasting countless hours of their lives to donate something back. It’s about building platforms, that others can use to increase their productivity. It’s about collaboration, the global community. It’s about seeing potential in people. It’s about you.
Today, we are announcing the Open Perception non-profit foundation. Built to support the development and adoption of BSD-licensed open source software for 2D/3D processing of sensory data, or what we call computer perception, we are dedicated to always improve and bring you the latest software algorithmic implementations. Whether you are a student, a researcher, a professional engineer, or simply a hobbyist, our mission is to help you advance your work faster, solve some of those hard problems and allow you to build your applications and do your research better and easier. And we begin this mission with the Point Cloud Library (PCL) project, our large scale, open project for 3D point cloud processing. We think 3D is the future. We hope you do too.
We are not alone. We are building upon the work of other successful open source communities (including Boost, Eigen, OpenCV, and VTK), and with Open Perception we are building a place where we can connect with many other computer vision and perception projects.
This is just the beginning, and we would like to thank everyone that helped made this happen. Please remember that we are an open community, and we really hope you will join us in our efforts.