Tag: computer vision

Caavo’s Control Center gains support for Sonos speakers and Nest Cam

Caavo, the startup behind Control Center, a set-top box designed to unify disparate streaming devices, today detailed an upcoming firmware update that will enable support for Google Nest camera viewing, integration with Sonos speakers, and universal search on smart TVs like Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV (including Dolby Vision models). Caavo also […]

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AI startup Gather uses drones and computer vision for warehouse inventory

Gather, a company that uses autonomous drones for warehouse inventory, launched out of stealth today. Founded in 2017, the company of about 10 employees is based in Pittsburgh. Gather’s founding team is made up of Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University graduates, including cofounder and chief robotics officer Sankalp Arora, whose work with the Office […]

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AI takes advantage of existing mammography scans to make a cancer diagnosis

It’s a well-established fact that mammography reduces breast cancer mortality. The high rate of false-positive recalls associated with alternative screenings has accelerated the development of AI-driven systems from IBM, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and elsewhere. But they aren’t perfect, because most models operate on a single screening exam as opposed to more […]

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Standard Cognition raises $35 million to bring cashierless experiences to more stores

A checkout-free future might be closer than you think, thanks to startups like Standard Cognition. The San Francisco-based company, whose patented platform uses cameras and algorithms to keep tabs on customers as they peruse store shelves, nabbed $40 million in series A funding last November and a partnership with Paltac in Japan that will see […]

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Spectral MD raises $27 million for its AI-powered wound imaging system

Spectral MD, a Dallas, Texas-based startup developing an AI-powered burn and wound imaging system, today announced that it has secured $27 million from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The department will […]

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How Royal Caribbean is using computer vision to track crowds at dining destinations

Royal Carribean’s Spectrum of The Seas — the third-largest class of cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage — can accommodate over 6,000 people and 2,500 crewmembers during its nine-night Asia voyages. That’s a lot of mouths to feed, particularly mornings prior to port, when throngs of passengers nab breakfast before deboarding. So how […]

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What We’ve Learned From Our Privacy Project (So Far)

ImageA Huawei surveillance camera is pictured at Interpol World in Singapore.CreditEdgar Su/Reuters The Privacy Project has been underway for four months, and in that time we’ve learned quite a bit about what we do — and don’t — know about privacy. Privacy is a complex, nebulous and constantly evolving issue, but amid the chaos and […]

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Grocery chain Giant Eagle taps Grabango to pilot checkout-free experiences

The next time you walk into one of Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle’s more than 216 supermarkets, 202 GetGo convenience stores, or 56 Ricker’s stores, you might not have to stop by the checkout counter on your way out the door. The supermarket chain today announced that it has partnered with Grabango, a Silicon Valley startup founded […]

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Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face

SAN FRANCISCO — Dozens of databases of people’s faces are being compiled without their knowledge by companies and researchers, with many of the images then being shared around the world, in what has become a sprawling ecosystem fueling the spread of facial recognition technology. The databases are pulled together with images from social networks, photo […]

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Etsy uses computer vision to classify listing styles

Style matters a lot to Etsy’s millions of merchandisers. There’s roughly 43 different categories their products occupy, from knitted ware and cosmetics to midcentury modern decor, and the popularity of each style waxes and wanes depending on seasonality. Typically, classifying items requires a great deal of manual labor. But Etsy’s researchers last year embarked on […]

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The Computer Vision nominees for the Transform AI Innovation Awards

To cap off our AI-focused Transform 2019 event, taking place July 10-11 in San Francisco, VentureBeat will recognize and award emergent, compelling, and influential work in AI through the inaugural AI Innovation Awards. We take pride in shining a light on innovation through that coverage, but these awards, presented by Ople, give us a chance […]

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A Major Police Body Cam Company Just Banned Facial Recognition

Axon, the company that supplies 47 out of the 69 largest police agencies in the United States with body cameras and software, announced Thursday that it will ban the use of facial recognition systems on its devices. “Face recognition technology is not currently reliable enough to ethically justify its use,” the company’s independent ethics board […]

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Zillow now uses computer vision to improve property value estimates

Real estate management and listings company Zillow says it’s leveraging vision — computer vision, that is — to improve the accuracy of its Zestimate appraisals. The Seattle, Washington-based company today launched a new benchmark that considers homes’ visual highlights in tabulating property prices, and then adjusts those estimates for locations on the market in order […]

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AI helps drones navigate forests and other ‘cluttered’ environments

Cutting-edge drones from companies like DJI and Parrot have no trouble navigating obstacle-strewn environments, but when faced with a never-before-seen landscape like dense woods or maze, they have a tougher time reaching goal destinations autonomously. That’s why scientists at Intel Labs and Mexico’s Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute recently […]

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DoD’s Joint AI Center to open-source natural disaster satellite imagery data set

As climate change escalates, the impact of natural disasters is likely to become less predictable. To encourage the use of machine learning for building damage assessment this week, Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute and CrowdAI — the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint AI Center (JAIC) and Defense Innovation Unit — open-sourced a labeled data […]

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Nvidia’s STEAL AI gives neural networks better computer vision

Researchers from Nvidia, the University of Toronto, and the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto have devised a way to more precisely detect and predict where an object begins and ends. This is knowledge that can improve inference for existing computer vision models and labeling training data for future models. In experiments by researchers, […]

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How Surveillance Cameras Could Be Weaponized With A.I.

Businesses and the government have spent years installing millions of surveillance cameras across the United States. Now, that technology is on the verge of getting a major upgrade, the American Civil Liberties Union warns in a new report. Advancements in artificial intelligence could supercharge surveillance, allowing camera owners to identify “unusual” behavior, recognize actions like […]

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Amazon’s StyleSnap uses AI to let you shop looks from magazines, social media, and more

Every wish you could shop the look on Amazon? Soon, you’ll be able to do just that thanks to the Seattle company’s forthcoming StyleSnap feature, which suggests styles from screenshots and pics of magazines, websites, or social media posts. It launched for select users on iOS and Android in April and will soon be available […]

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Apple debuts Core ML 3 with on-device machine learning

Apple today introduced Core ML 3, the latest iteration of its machine learning model framework for iOS developers to bring machine intelligence to their smartphone apps. Core ML 3 will for the first time bring on-device machine learning to iOS apps for personalized experiences. The ability to train multiple models with different data sets will […]

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