Eye Tracking Is Coming to Virtual Reality Sooner Than You Think. What Now?


Joakim Karlén handed me the headset, such as it was. It was a reference design only; the hard plastic box lacked a headstrap, and had a utilitarian form factor only a dystopian sci-fi fan would love. However, it was also completely self-contained--no cables trailing away from it to a nearby PC, no cellphone to power it. This was Qualcomm's latest "standalone" headset reference, a prototype and platform architecture that the company would provide to developers in order to create all-in-one devices. When I held the headset up to my eyes (no headstrap, remember?)

Teach yourself to... understand AI


Most people will come across artificial intelligence (AI) in their daily lives, from using autocorrect in text messages or following online maps on a smartphone to talking to "smart assistants" such as Amazon's Alexa. However, there are still many people who do not know what AI is. Google searches for "what is artificial intelligence?" Rather than being the world-destroying stuff of sci-fi nightmares -- such as in 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Terminator -- AI has the potential to help entrepreneurs be more productive and do things more efficiently. "We need to understand that AI isn't a threat to humanity, it's an opportunity to reinvent the way we do business," said Kriti Sharma, vice-president for AI and bots…

Micromax Informatics invests in AI startup One Labs - CIOL


India's homegrown smartphone manufacturer Micromax has invested an undisclosed amount in AI startup One Labs. One Labs operates inOne, a platform that aggregates apps across multiple genres in food, shopping, travel, deals, cabs, news, recharge, games and more. Among the 50 apps that it hosts include Zomato, Ola, Uber, Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and others. The company plans to use the funds for product development and add more than 200 apps on the platform in the next 1 year. Besides, inOne will be pre-embedded in Micromax devices, the statement added.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way into Our Lives Alegion


Smartphone apps can now recognize faces in photos and translate from one language to another. Take Facebook as an example--using A.I. to fight troublemakers. Weeding out false news may also become a reality, thanks to machine learning algorithms. Then there are those who think China is positioning itself to dominate the A.I. age. Others point out, though, that the U.S. has a "30-year head start" in A.I. development.

IoT data impossible to use without AI: AT&T - Mobile World Live


INTERVIEW: Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be vital to unlocking the "true potential" of IoT, believes Chris Penrose, AT&T's president of IoT solutions (pictured), as he suggested experience will help the operator gain a competitive edge in the segment. Speaking to Mobile World Live, Penrose said it "almost becomes impossible" to use the data generated by connected devices and make it into something actionable, given its volume, without some sort of AI assistance. Using data will ultimately "unlock predictability", he said, and will enable an evolution for the industry from being able to "sense information to being able to predict things". "We will know that a factory floor or a machine might be going wrong ahead of time and can be altered, or for a car battery we will be notified that its going to fail before it does using the power of AI." Penrose also said the operator was confident in the potential of its consumer and enterprise IoT offering, despite increased competition from rival operators in the US. At the start of the year, T-Mobile US launched its Magenta NB-IoT tariff for businesses, while Verizon rolled out a similar offering for its LTE-M network.

DoCoMo AI engine uses phone pics to analyze store shelves


NTT DoCoMo has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) engine that analyzes shelf allocation in stores and warehouses using photos taken with smartphones and other common devices. The image recognition engine employs DoCoMo's AI technology and constitutes part of NTT Group's corevo AI technology. Object-detection technology detects individual items in an image with over 98% accuracy and object-recognition technology identifies specific products with over 95% accuracy by matching them with images stored in a database. Currently, shelf-analysis technology requires products to be placed in the front row and facing forward to ensure high-precision recognition. DoCoMo says its new engine can recognize products on shelves without special arrangement, even when they are packed tightly together.

Beware of replicating sexism in AI, experts warn


Artificial intelligence could emulate human bias, including sexism, if there is no oversight on data used to create it, experts at the world's largest mobile phone fair in Barcelona warned Thursday. "We're all very aware the machines will learn the same bias as those who coded them," Emma McGuiguan, in charge of technology at consultants Accenture, said at the Mobile World Congress. AI is the science of programming machines or computers to reproduce human processes, like learning and decision making. Julie Woods-Moss, chief innovation officer at Indian mobile operator Tata Communications, said that in order to do this, a large amount of human-led data was needed. "We have to be very careful that we don't encourage AI to be biased," she said, calling on professionals in the sector to find ways to identify these biases.

Chinese AI unicorn SenseTime teams up with MIT ZDNet


SenseTime, a leading Chinese startup specialized in artificial intelligence (AI) research and development, has established an alliance with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to promote the further application of the technology widely utilized in facial recognition. The Chinese AI researcher and developer, currently valued at around $3 billion, said the cooperation aims to explore new avenues across MIT in areas like computer vision, human-intelligence inspired algorithms, medical imaging, and robotics. Tang Xiao'ou, a founder of SenseTime who is also a PhD '96 MIT alumnus specialized in computer vision and deep learning, said he expects the cooperation between the world's best and brightest talents will further promote AI's development and benefit society. Founded in 2014, the Chinese startup is currently working with a number of well-known Chinese brands including China Mobile, UnionPay, Sina Weibo, as well as major smartphone companies in China to provide machine learning technology. SenseTime's advanced facial recognition expertise has also helped attract leading investments from Qualcomm and CDH Investments.

Qualcomm adds Tobii's eye-tracking tech to its mobile VR kit


That means future head-mounted displays (HMDs) based on Qualcomm's standalone headset kit will feature more efficient foveated rendering. Since they can tell where you're looking, they'll be able to dedicate most of their graphics power to make that part of the experience as sharp and clear as possible. They can even downgrade graphics on parts of the screen you're not looking at, which could lead to systems with lower specs and lower price tags. Eye tracking will also make experiences more personal and interactive. Avatars and in-game characters could look at you when you look at them, which could make interactions in VR social networks much more enjoyable.