Apple Reportedly Acquires AI-Based Facial Recognition Startup RealFace

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In a bid to boost its prospects in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), Apple has acquired Israel-based startup RealFace that develops deep learning-based face authentication technology, media reported on Monday. Reported by Calcalist, the acquisition is to be worth roughly $2 million (roughly Rs. 13.39 crores). A Times of Israel report cites Startup Nation Central to note RealFace had raised $1 million in funding thus far, employed about 10 people, and had sales operations China, Europe, Israel, and the US. Set up in 2014 by Adi Eckhouse Barzilai and Aviv Mader, RealFace has developed a facial recognition software that offers users a smart biometric login, aiming to make passwords redundant when accessing mobile devices or PCs. The firm's first app - Pickeez - selects the best photos from the user's album.


AI lip-reading machine translates mouth movements into robot speech

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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Mind-blowing tech coming?

FOX News

Amid rumors that the iPhone 8 will incorporate advanced facial recognition features, the Hebrew-language website Calcalist (via Times of Israel) is reporting that Apple recently acquired Realface, an up-and-coming Israeli startup with impressive real-time facial recognition software. Lending credence to rumors that the iPhone 8 may forgo the use of Touch ID in favor of facial recognition, Realface's software is said to be sophisticated enough such that it can reliably be used as a foundation for mobile-based biometric authentication. As is often the case when Apple acquires a company, Realface's web presence has already been wiped from the web. Still, thanks to the magic of Google, we were able to poke around and dig up some intriguing nuggets of information about the company's promising technology. Realface boasts that it's AI software rests upon deep learning methods and is so reliable and quick that the end-result is an absolutely seamless user experience.


Robot companion's can-do attitude rubs off on children

New Scientist

Artificial intelligence has a new job: setting a good example for your kids. It seems that children's behaviour can be influenced by the personality of a robot companion – playing with an enthusiastic or attentive robot, for instance, made them engage more and work harder. Researchers ran a series of experiments with Tega, a companion robot that looks like a cross between a Furby and a Teletubby. To test how the robot's personality could affect the children's behaviour, they programmed the robot with different responses. "The goal is to have a companion that has all of the behaviours that we want to instil and promote in the child," says team member Goren Gorden at Tel Aviv University in Israel.


Drippler takes on 6b tech support industry with chatbot

ZDNet

Venture-backed smart tech assistant startup Drippler has launched a new tech support chatbot that helps users resolve technical issues and provides personalised recommendations for useful tips and apps. Drippler was founded in Tel Aviv, Israel by chief executive Matan Talmi, chief product officer Dotan Galron, and chief technology officer Ronen Yacobi to help people make better use of their smart devices. "Ever since we [can] remember, my co-founders and I were helping everyone around us with using technology -- helping the family program the VCR, helping friends install software on their PCs and so on. We started Drippler to help people use tech because we believe that the more accessible technology is to people, the better their lives are," Talmi told ZDNet. The app's new chat-based tech support service combines artificial intelligence (AI) with a "human-in-the-loop" system comprised of a large community of experts who can answer consumer tech related questions on demand.