BrainChip, Magik Eye working on biometric gesture, object recognition, classification

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BrainChip Holdings and Magik Eye are jointly developing a system for object detection, object classification and biometric gesture recognition that leverages Magik Eye’s Invertible Light 3D depth sensing technology and the Akida neuromorphic processor, the companies announced.

“By combining the strengths of BrainChip’s Neural Network capabilities with Magik Eye’s Invertible Light, we are excited about the game-changing benefits that customers will experience, in terms of a total 3D vision solution for robotics, machine vision and many other new applications,” said Takeo Miyazawa, MagikEye, founder and CEO, in the announcement.

“Our relationship with MagikEye is exciting,” said Louis DiNardo, BrainChip CEO, in a prepared statement. “The innovation brought to the market by their proprietary Invertible Light technology is impressive and this collaboration provides both companies an opportunity to address large and growing markets with outstanding technology to solve difficult real-world challenges.”

To deliver fast and power-efficient 3D depth sensing technology, Magik Eye deploys a standard CMOS image sensor and a dot projector with an in-house technique that generates 3D point cloud data. Combined with the Akida neuromorphic processor it enables a 3D vision system that customers can implement for 3D object detection and recognition in robotics, automotive and emerging consumer products, such as AR/VR and others.

“The combination of advanced neuromorphic processing with a low power 3D sensor is the perfect solution for many products in end-point devices,” said Richard Wawrzyniak, principal analyst for ASIC & SoC at Semico Research Corp in a prepared statement. “3D imaging is attracting great interest in the market today and the BrainChip architecture, which delivers a power-efficient, scalable solution that enables increased functionality with minimal impact on system cost and the power budget, is the right fit for this class of applications.

“It is not surprising their solution would be paired with the Magik Eye’s Invertible Light Technology for real-time object detection in all types of applications, where low power and high throughput are valued elements for success. Semico believes this technology partnership is a winning combination for the market,” added Wawrzyniak.

Manufacturers can leverage the Akida neuromorphic processor to receive analytics before installing a 3D vision system. Combined with the ultra-low power and 3D image processing capabilities behind Magik Eye, the system can be used in gesture recognition in smart home applications, smart transportation and smart city projects.

BrainChip and Magik Eye entered a one-year partnership, with an opportunity to be extended.

Introduced at a top event in California in February, the Akida Development Environment (ADE) is freely available for designers to use for edge and enterprise product development.

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