Infineon launches tiny new 3D image sensor for smartphone integration

Infineon has developed a 3D image sensor which can be integrated in smartphone camera modules smaller than 12mm by 8mm, including VCSEL (Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) illumination. The newest chip in Infineon’s REAL3 product family is based on Time-of-flight technology, and features 38,000 pixels, each of which utilizes “Suppression of Background Illumination” (SBI) circuitry. Time-of-flight offers advantages over other 3D sensor principles like stereoscopic light or structured light approaches in terms of performance, size and power consumption, according to the announcement.

NEC develops automatic optimization technology for deep learning

In an effort to facilitate improvements in recognition accuracy, NEC has developed automatic optimization technology for deep learning. In a statement, the company explains that if deep learning systems become excessively familiar with data, they become unable to accurately recognize data that they have not learned. This “overtraining” results in degradation of recognition accuracy when dealing with data that was not used in the learning process. To prevent overtraining, “regularization” technology is commonly used, which regulates the extent of learning

DENSO using FotoNation image recognition to improve vehicle safety feature

Automotive technology firm DENSO Corporation will begin using FotoNation’s image recognition technology to significantly improve the performance of its Driver Status Monitor, a safety feature used in commercial vehicles. FotoNation’s facial image recognition technologies will help accelerate DENSO’s development of next-generation products to be used in passenger vehicles, including a system to help drivers return to driving mode during Level 3 of autonomous drive. The partnership will combine DENSO’s accumulated experience in improving the robustness of cabin sensing technologies and

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

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,

BingoBox’s AI-powered convenience store raises $14.7M in funding

BingoBox, a Chinese chain of artificial intelligence-powered, self-service convenience stores, has raised over 100 million yuan ($14.7 million) in its first round of funding, led by technology investment firm GGV Capital, according to a report by Sixth Tone. Powered by AI and other innovative technologies, the self-service convenience stores aim to reduce costs on staff. The retail stores are slowly expanding in big cities across China, drawing the attention of both customers and investors in the process. BingBox partnered with

Acuant updates ID document library and improves image spoofing detection

Acuant has made significant improvements to its AssureID and mobile products, such as faster updates to its identity document library and adding new image spoofing detection technology. To meet customer demand, Acuant has added an optional data storage feature as well as support for Xamarin SDK and MySQL. AssureID now offers a more efficient process for users to access Acuant’s document library which is continuously updated with the latest version of IDs. The enhancement ensures that customers who are using

China investing heavily into AI

China will boost growth of its artificial intelligence sector over the next three years, through a specific innovation program. Last year, China’s state planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, released a blueprint on investing in fundamental innovation in order to make breakthroughs on basic AI core technology. Under the strategy, national government departments will identify supportive fiscal policies for the sector and boost international cooperation. The strategy will involve key projects such as developing intelligent home appliances, smart automobiles,

Hitachi releases new video analytics software for smart cities and digital enterprises

Hitachi Insight Group, Hitachi Ltd.’s global unified internet of things (IoT) business and go-to-market (GTM) unit, released new video analytics software to improve and expand on its Smart City and Public Safety solutions portfolio. Through a combination of computer vision and advanced analytics, Hitachi Video Analytics (HVA) is able to obtain key insights and create real-time alerts that can provide cities, airports, campuses, transportation agencies, and businesses with operational and business intelligence, smarter transportation, traffic and parking management, and more

Remark Media to provide AI technologies to Alibaba Cloud’s developer network

Remark Media has been chosen by Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, to provide its artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to Alibaba Cloud’s developer network. As part of the partnership, Remark Media will provide its advanced facial recognition and image classification services, leveraging its proprietary KanKan Data Intelligence Platform, to Alibaba Cloud’s “AI-based Robotic Vision Ecosystem Union.” “We are excited to expand our relationship with Alibaba Group by becoming a close technology partner with Alibaba Cloud,” commented Kai-Shing