Google’s partnership with Movidius is a definite sign that face recognition will be available for smartphones. But that will not be the only feature that seems to be inspired by a sci-fi movie. The camera with which the phone is equipped will be able to translate foreign languages or sign, and even assist the visually impaired.
The former collaboration between the two companies gave birth to “Project Tango”. Movidius created a technology that allows devices such as smartphones to recreate indoor spaces in the form of three-dimensional maps. This was realized by using both sensors and cameras. “Project Tango” will allow the smartphone device not only to find its location in space but also to know how the process of movement is realized.
The present project is, for the time being, nameless, but its objective is to create a technology that allows the device to use the camera as a set of personal eyes. The idea is not that far-fetched if you think about the fact that the smartphones we are currently using have the capacity of recognizing facial features, or smiles.
Smartphones can also be able to recognize certain animals or objects via the voice command application. So if the user commands the phone to search for “cat”, it will access the library in the Google Photos app and pull out all the photos containing the feline. This is actually a pretty smart feature.
The only inconvenient is that the device has to be connected to the internet in order for this app to function. That is necessary because of the large amount of data that has to be processed and the phone could not possibly compute all of the information. But because of its internet connection, all the work is taken over by a data center that processes all of the information and then sends the results back to the phone.
What Movidius is working on is a small chip that can be integrated into a smartphone. The VPU, or the processing units for vision, will allow devices to perform such tasks autonomously.
The partnership between the two companies also hints that face recognition will be available for smartphones. And this is just the beginning, according to Google.
The company, which is also working on the concept of a self-driving vehicle, is rumored to work with drone technology in order to bring the source computer closer to the devices that are trying to process information. This will improve the time needed to get an answer from the device.
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