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Seattle-based startup Xnor has unveiled a solar-powered, battery-free, artificial intelligence (AI) camera that it can run in almost an always mode on a range of edge devices.
According to TheVerge news, Xnor is certainly right at the bleeding-edge. The company unveiled a prototype AI camera that runs entirely off solar power — no battery or external power source required. The camera has a piddling 320 x 320 resolution, an FGPA chip to handle processing, and is loaded with a state of the art object recognition algorithm.
You could, theoretically, stick a device like this anywhere outdoors and have it transmit data back to you indefinitely. It’s compatible with a few different low-energy wireless communication protocols (because Wi-Fi drains too much battery) which let it send information over tens of kilometers. And, says Xnor, if you fit it with a battery, it can store enough power during the day to keep it running during low-sunlight hours and at night. “We’re investigating several use-cases for these devices right now,” Mohammad Rastegari, Xnor’s CTO, tells The Verge. “From large-scale civilian projects to monitoring inside the cabins of autonomous cars, to attaching cameras to drones.” ——————–***——————–
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Date: Feb 18, 2019 @ 10:18
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