Tag: computer vision

AMP Robotics raises $16 million to sort recyclable materials autonomously

AMP Robotics, a Denver, Colorado-based startup creating robotic systems that sort recyclable material, this morning announced that it has closed a $16 million series A funding round led by Sequoia Capital. BV, Closed Loop Partners, Congruent Ventures, and Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (an infrastructure firm spun out of Sidewalk Labs and backed by Alphabet and the […]

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Cruise updates the AI brains behind its autonomous cars twice weekly

GM’s Cruise announced this past June that it would postpone plans for a driverless taxi service, which it previously said would debut in 2019. But the setback hasn’t discouraged its over 1,000 staffers from iterating toward a public launch. In fact, work on the underlying systems and infrastructure has accelerated in the intervening months, according […]

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Intel launches DevCloud for edge AI prototyping with OpenVINO

Intel today announced the launch of the Edge AI DevCloud, a way to prototype and test AI with the OpenVINO toolkit for edge devices like drones and cameras. Developers can use existing tools and frameworks to test and optimize models in OpenVINO for Intel hardware like CPUs or FPGAs for free. “With the launch of […]

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Intel details Keem Bay, a Movidius processor for computer vision at the edge

During its 2019 AI Summit this morning, Intel detailed its next-gen Movidius vision processing unit code-named Keem Bay, which is optimized for inferencing workloads at the edge. The chip boasts a new on-die memory architecture that ensures the processor is “fully utilized” and delivers raw throughput performance of roughly 10 times the previous generation, according […]

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The Meeting Owl Pro is twice as loud as the original and shoots 1080p video

Does the Meeting Owl ring a bell? It was the first product to emerge from Owl Labs, a startup founded in 2014 by iRobot veterans Max Makeev and Mark Schnittman, who sought to develop a platform-agnostic autonomous alternative to conventional meeting room cameras. Their brainchild — the $799 Meeting Owl — was a 2.6-pound, fabric-clad […]

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Werner Vogels: For IoT, security and privacy are top concerns

Startups and tech giants alike are vying for a slice of the burgeoning internet of things (IoT) market, and Amazon is in pole position with an estimated 34% of IoT developer market share. Its lengthy list of IoT services includes IoT Core, which lets connected devices interact with cloud apps, and IoT Greengrass, which extends […]

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Google Cloud launches celebrity recognition service

Google Cloud’s AI can now recognize celebrities — for customers that meet the eligibility requirements, at least. The tech giant today debuted Celebrity Recognition for its Cloud Vision and Video Intelligence products, a tool that can recognize an “international roster” of popular actors and athletes. The preloaded AI model is able to spot “thousands” of […]

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RhythmNet uses AI to estimate your heart rate using your face

A wearable heart rate monitor is one thing, but what about a system that’s able to estimate a person’s heartbeat from footage of their face alone? That’s what researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences set out to design in a preprint paper published on Arxiv.org. In it, they describe RhythmNet, an end-to-end trainable heart […]

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Facebook highlights AI that converts 2D objects into 3D shapes

State-of-the-art machine learning algorithms can extract two-dimensional objects from photographs and render them faithfully in three dimensions. It’s a technique that’s applicable to augmented reality apps and robotics as well as navigation, which is why it’s an acute area of research for Facebook. In a blog post today ahead of the International Conference on Computer […]

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Australia Proposes Face Scans for Watching Online Pornography

The Australian government has proposed using a facial recognition system it is developing to verify that people who seek to watch pornography online are of legal age. Current law in Australia does not prohibit minors from viewing pornography. But the federal government is considering proposals that would require people to prove their age before watching […]

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Researchers use AI to detect schools of herring from acoustic data

Tracking the health of underwater species is critical to understanding the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems. Unfortunately, it’s a time-consuming process — biologists conduct studies with echosounders that use sonar to determine water and object depth, and they manually interpret the resulting 2D echograms. These interpretations are often prone to error and require […]

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Google taps evolution for state-of-the-art AI video understanding models

Video understanding is an AI subfield that not only underpins systems capable of sussing out semantics automatically, like web-video classifiers and sport activity recognizers, but that’s at the cornerstone of robot perception and navigation systems. Unfortunately, devising machine learning models that take advantage of videos’ spatiotemporal information isn’t easy, nor is identifying those that aren’t […]

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Mira marries NLP with computer vision to create a rich, search-powered shopping experience

Empowered by AI technologies, Mira wants to create a more enriching buying experience that combines millions of consumer product reviews, side-by-side comparisons, and click-through purchasing into a single unified interface. For the moment, Mira is centered around shopping for beauty products — giving users a means of asking advice from other consumers who have similar […]

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Google’s AI explains how image classifiers made their decisions

It’s often assumed that as the complexity of an AI system increases, it becomes invariably less interpretable. But researchers have begun to challenge that notion with libraries like Facebook’s Captum, which explains decisions made by neural networks with the deep learning framework PyTorch, as well as IBM’s AI Explainability 360 toolkit and Microsoft’s InterpretML. In […]

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LinkedIn’s AI automatically generates photo text descriptions

Are today’s computer vision technologies robust enough to generate text descriptions for photos across a range of domains? That’s the question scientists at LinkedIn have been investigating over the past several years, solutions to which they detailed in a blog post this afternoon. One of their more promising efforts is a tool that adds suggested […]

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Salesforce sharpens its computer vision teeth on shark-scanning AI

White sharks are being spotted off the Pacific coast more than ever before. A 2014 study found that, at minimum, California’s shark population now exceeds 2,000. And the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that since 1950, there’s been at least 158 documented cases where a shark approached a person in the water, 44 […]

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As U.S. Takes Aim at Chinese Tech Firms, Trump Signals a Strategy Shift

SHANGHAI — The world has largely sat by for nearly two years as China detained more than one million people, mostly Muslims and members of minority ethnic groups, in re-education camps to force them to embrace the Communist Party. Now, the Trump administration has taken the first public step by a major world government toward […]

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Researchers develop AI that can play Angry Birds

Rovio’s Angry Birds, a title that tasks players with slingshotting colorful fowl toward ill-intentioned, egg-stealing swine, has been characterized by one reviewer as “one of the most mainstream games out right now.” It’s spawned dozens of graphic novels and books (including cookbooks), two movies, and four animated series, not to mention countless spinoff games on […]

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Umbo Computer Vision raises $8 million for AI-powered video security

Umbo Computer Vision, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup that offers autonomous video security systems to businesses, has raised $8 million in what it’s calling a “post-A” round of funding co-led by Translink Capital and Susquehanna International Group, with participation from Shin-Kong Capital and Shin-Kong Security, among other existing investors. Founded in 2014, Taiwan- and San […]

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AI Medical Service raises $42.9 million to detect cancerous lesions from endoscope footage

AI Medical Service, a Tokyo-based provider of AI-powered endoscopic screening products, today announced that it’s raised $42.9 million in a series B funding round led by Globis Capital Partners, with participation from World Innovation Lab (WIL), IGV’s Sony Innovation Fund, and undisclosed existing and previous investors. The fresh funds come on the heels of the […]

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