Samsung introduces new application processor with enhanced image processing and biometrics capabilities

Samsung has announced the launch of the Exynos 9 Series 9810 application processor to provide smart phones and devices with advanced capabilities, including sophisticated image processing with deep-learning based software. The neural network-based deep learning of the Exynos 9 Series 9810 enables recognition of people or objects from photos, as well as depth sensing for 3D “hybrid” face detection, according to the company. Hybrid face detection utilizes hardware and software to enable realistic face-tracking filters and stronger security for unlocking

Qualcomm update to better support face, image recognition for smartphones

Qualcomm’s upcoming update to its image signal processor (ISP) will better support features like face recognition and mixed reality, according to a report by Tom’s Guide. Spectra ISP is a part of the Snapdragon system on chip that’s a widely deployed mobile processor platform for Android smartphones. The next major Snapdragon update isn’t expected to be released until next year, however, the planned updates for the Spectra ISP will significantly improve the cameras on 2018 Android phones and virtual- and

Apple speaker firmware references infrared face detection in iPhone 8

Apple’s recently-released firmware for its HomePod smart speaker contains several iPhone 8 design references, including the existence of infrared face detection in the BiometricKit framework, according to a report, by Mac Rumors. HomePod, which is expected to be released in December, will run a version of iOS. The early firmware, released late last week by Apple, corresponds to iOS 11.0.2. The firmware’s references to an infrared face detection device within the BiometricKit framework, which is where the Touch ID authentication mechanism is

BrainChip AI software helps police search video for identifying patterns or faces

BrainChip Holdings Ltd. has released the artificial intelligence-powered BrainChip Studio, which is designed to help law enforcement and intelligence organizations rapidly search enormous amounts of video footage for identifying patterns or faces. Leveraging spiking neural network technology, a type of neuromorphic computing that simulates the functionality of the human visual tract, BrainChip Studio is able to work on low resolution video and requires only a 24×24 pixel image to detect and classify faces. The software includes advanced facial detection, extraction,

Lenovo deploys emotion detection technology in virtual training solution

Applied Recognition’s emotion detection and analysis solution, Ver-ED, is powering the Emotions Insight feature in Lenovo’s new virtual training solution, AirClass, a comprehensive virtual training platform. Emotion Insights estimates engagement by measuring eye state, level of attendee focus, as well as whether the attendee has a positive or negative disposition based on a spectrum of common emotions. The data is anonymously captured and aggregated across attendees to enable an instructor to assess the effectiveness of both their delivery and their

FotoNation exhibiting, speaking at Embedded Vision Summit

FotoNation will demonstrate its hybrid computational imaging implementations for face/body detection and tracking and iris recognition at the upcoming Embedded Vision Summit, taking place next week at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. In addition, Dr. Petronel Bigioi, FotoNation GM, will be a featured speaker at the show, delivering a presentation titled “Ultra-Efficient VPU: Low-Power Deep Learning, Computer Vision, and Computational Photography” on May 2. Dr. Bigioi will focus on how bringing intelligence to the edge enables local devices

Researchers improve method to detect faces in a crowd from small images

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a method for detecting multiple faces in a crowd from small images with a greatly reduced error factor, according to a report in The Tartan. The process described in the Finding Tiny Faces report involves focusing a computer on specific pixels within a “massively-large receptor field,” in which 99 percent of the template examined is beyond the object of interest, and which provides the context to detect small objects. While most recognition approaches

WatchGuard Video launches facial recognition-based redaction software

Law enforcement video evidence solutions firm WatchGuard Video has released REDACTIVE, a video and audio redaction software that expedites the redaction process for evidence technicians and law enforcement officers. REDACTIVE’s advanced facial recognition technology automatically detects and identifies human faces. This capability reduces the elements of the video which are falsely detected as human, along with the overall time spent manually searching and marking the video for redaction. Users initially prompt the software to auto-detect any face in the video,

New Windows UWP app combines inking, face and speech recognition

Microsoft has been developing several new features for its upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update release including a new app that combines specific Windows 10 UWP development with ink, speech and face recognition, according to a report by WinBeta. Many of these features were exhibited at Microsoft’s developer conference a few months ago. Several keynote speakers demonstrated at Build 2016 how the Windows team has improved the bulk of Windows 10 code and features, especially its varied input recognition. In one

Cognitec updates its FaceVACS-VideoScan technology

FaceVACS-VideoScan by Cognitec now allows users to perform complex searches on persons appearing in real-time camera streams and stored media files. According to a company statement, the new 5.3 product version of the video screening and analytics technology offers a new user-friendly interface to quickly import sets of video and image files and then carry out detailed investigations. For example, security and law enforcement agents can find a person enrolled in an image database or search for an unknown person