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Google opens database of images to help train AI; 9 top AR glasses ranked; Microsoft building 5,000 strong AI department

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  • Google released an amazing trove of imaged to be used to train neural networks.
  • While the 9 best AR glasses are being ranked, just below we have the review from Piper Jeffrey saying “it’s rough” . Take away ? Even the best glasses right now who charge $3k for the dev kit are rough.
  • Microsoft building 5,000 strong AI department and trying to put in AI standards.

Google’s latest free gift? Millions of captioned images to help train AI systems, (ZD Net)

According to Google Research’s team, the dataset is large enough to enable researchers to use it to train a deep neural network “from scratch”.

Examples of such datasets include ImageNet, which consists of 14 million images, and Microsoft’s COCO image-recognition, segmentation, and captioning dataset.

9 Best Augmented Reality Smart Glasses 2016, (Appcessories)




4. VUZIX M300






Microsoft ‘HoloLens’: At Least They’re Not Hyping it Like Google Glass, Says Piper, ( Barrons)

It’s rough, he writes, but at least it wasn’t hyped like Google’s Google Glass:

A month ago we bought HoloLens. The current HoloLens is not a finished product and intended for developers to experiment with the platform. That said, we believe that HoloLens is a good first step into MR, but there is a lot left to be improved upon. The good news is that there isn’t the same hype around the HoloLens like there was for Google Glass, which gives Microsoft time to refine and perfect it. Pros of HoloLens. We found battery life is better than expected and handles 2-3 hours of use. Mapping your surroundings with computer vision works well. The holograms generated by the device are convincing enough to allow you to enjoy games and experiences. There is enough substance to the app store to allow you to explore a variety of applications and use cases. Cons of HoloLens. The 40° field of view is small compared to both humans eyes which surprisingly have nearly 200°, which can make it hard to play a game or find objects in a room. “Air tapping” to select objects can be difficult if the user is new to the gestures, and user interface isn’t intuitive. Its expensive ($3,000), but this is to be expected because it’s a developer kit and most things on the HoloLens are custom designed.

Microsoft Bets Big on AI With New Division, (PC Mag)

Earlier this year, Redmond open sourced the Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK), making its deep learning tools more accessible. The AI material is available via GitHub for anyone from deep learning start-ups to established companies processing huge amounts of data in real time.

More than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers will work standardize artificial intelligence.

Pokémon Go inspires surge in toys with AI and augmented reality features, (Market Watch)

AI uses an internet connection “to make the product smarter,” DiBartolo says. For instance, the Hot Wheels AI racing set, one of Toy Insider’s hot picks for the holidays, uses “smart cars” that “know when they’re on and off the track.” The AI capability also controls competitors, among other features outlined on the toy’s website.

Pantomime Launches Creatures AR App With Shared Augmented Reality, (Upload)

Pantomime, a maker of augmented reality technology, has unveiled its new Creatures AR app with shared augmented reality.

The Apple of your eyes: how Apple’s AR and VR plans might take shape, (Tech Radar)

Apple filed multiple patents in 2008 for head-mounted displays, some of which resembled Google Glass and others which took the same “phone on your face” approach as Samsung’s Gear VR.

According to Seeking Alpha, Munster predicts that Apple may offer a VR/AR API to hardware developers, much like the Made For iPhone program by 2018 – but a glasses-style “mixed reality” headset is at least five years off.

KLM runs pilot with Artificial Intelligence, (Intelligent Aerospace)

When an agent needs to answer an incoming question, he or she gets a proposed answer through AI, which is trained on more than 60,000 KLM questions and answers.

There will be much more potential for human beings and machines to participate together to get work done more optimally.


George Popescu
George Popescu

About the author

George Popescu

I am presently the co-founder and CEO of Lampix, a glass-less augmented reality and smart surface company based in San Francisco and New York.

I am also the founder and Editor in Chief of Lending Times, and a partner at LunaCap Ventures, an early hybrid growth fund.

Previously I built and sold 5+ companies in Fintech, Exotic Cars and Craft Beer. I built the #1 fastest growing company in Boston in 2011, and my companies were in Inc500/5000 for 4 years in a row.

I was born in Romania and grew up in France.

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