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Prime Air: Amazon officially rolls out drone delivery to customers


After years of development announcements, Amazon will be rolling out delivery by drone for Prime customers in areas of California and Texas. While that's a small slice of customers, for now, this news couldn't be more important for the commercial drone sector, which has been gathering tons of momentum over the last few months. Amazon will join Walmart in offering limited drone delivery to a subset of customers, signaling a vote of confidence in the technology and a shifting regulatory environment from the two behemoth retailers. This lineup of aerial hardware fits a variety of enterprise photography and video use cases. Amazon's Prime Air service will deliver packages up to five pounds in less than an hour using drones.

Computer vision is primed for business value


Over the past few years, computer vision applications have become ubiquitous. From phones that recognize the faces of their users, to cars that drive themselves, to satellites that track ship movements, the value of computer vision has never been clear. But hardware shortages and labor disruptions in the pandemic's wake are challenging companies' ability to make good on the promise of computer vision, even as the pandemic itself has accelerated the potential of its use cases. Following is a look at how companies across a range of industries are deploying computer vision to improve and optimize key business processes, from retail fulfillment to health-care diagnostics. Computer vision is a field of artificial intelligence that is focused on processing images and videos to extract meaningful information.

DJI's Mini 2 bundle with extra batteries is 20 percent off for Prime Day


If drone photography is something you've always wanted to try, one of Amazon's Prime Day deals may be your ticket into the hobby. The retailer has discounted the DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo to $479, down from $599. The bundle comes with almost everything you need to get the most out of DJI's entry-level drone, including two spare batteries, a charging hub and a carrying case for the aircraft. At $479, you're effectively paying $60 more than it would cost to buy the standard $419 Mini 2 kit on its own. While Engadget hasn't had a chance to review the Mini 2, it's widely considered one of the best beginner drones you can buy. It can also capture smooth 4K video at 30 frames per second, thanks to a 12-megapixel sensor.

Explore How Amazon Uses Deep Learning AI to Achieve Great Results


Scientific research tanks like Gartner say up to 80 percent of customer interactions are managed by AI today. In 2020, Statista stated that AI handled 54 percent of customers' daily interactions with their favorite organizations or stores. More of this will help you predict customers' preferences, hook them, turn visitors into customers and make their shopping experiences more accessible. Servion Global Solutions predicted that AI would empower 95% of customer interactions by 2025 back in 2017. Since the COVID-19 pandemic happened, this figure is more certain.

Amazon's drone delivery program is hit by crashes and safety concerns

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Jeff Bezos went on 60 Minutes in 2013 and pledged to fill the skies with a fleet of delivery drones that could zip parcels to customers' homes in 30 minutes. Asked when this future would arrive, the Inc. founder said he expected drone deliveries to commence in the next five years or thereabouts. Almost a decade later, despite spending more than $2 billion and assembling a team of more than 1,000 people around the world, Amazon is a long way from launching a drone delivery service. A Bloomberg investigation based on internal documents, government reports and interviews with 13 current and former employees reveals a program beset by technical challenges, high turnover and safety concerns. A serious crash in June prompted federal regulators to question the drone's airworthiness because multiple safety features failed and the machine careened out of control, causing a brush fire.

How Walmart gained the advantage in drone delivery


Swinging back against the Bezos behemoth and searching for every advantage in an increasingly digital world, Walmart is looking to the skies. Drone delivery is coming, and Walmart is using its vast geographical footprint in a modern game of retail Risk. As the FAA increasingly embraces commercial drone operations, drone delivery in the United States is closer than ever to reality. In concert with company DroneUp, Walmart has rolled out the first of its drone "Hubs," which are co-located with Walmart stores. Walmarts have 90 percent of the U.S. population within 10 miles of their stores, and each store is optimized for that particular area's audience.

The 5 Biggest Computer Vision Trends In 2022


Computer vision (sometimes called machine vision) is one of the most exciting applications of artificial intelligence. Algorithms that are able to understand images – both pictures and moving video – are a key technological foundation behind many innovations, from autonomous, self-driving vehicles to smart industrial machinery and even the filters on your phone that make the pictures you upload to Instagram look more pretty. Along with language processing abilities (natural language processing, or "NLP") its fundamental to our efforts to build machines that are capable of understanding and learning about the world around them, just like we do. Generally, it involves applications powered by deep learning – neural networks trained on thousands, millions or billions of images until they become experts at classifying what they can "see." The value of the market in computer vision technology is predicted to hit $48 billion by the end of 2022 and is likely to be a source of ongoing innovation and breakthroughs throughout the year. So let's take a look at some of the key trends we'll be following involving this fascinating technology: Data-centric artificial intelligence is based on the idea that equal, if not more, focus should be put into optimizing the quality of data used to train algorithms, as is put into developing the models and algorithms themselves.

How Gather AI's Automated Inventory Management System Helps Businesses


Pittsburgh, PA--March 29, 2022: Gather AI, the first truly automated inventory management system that brings near-real-time visibility to warehousing operations, has positively impacted many customers. Small-size physical stores all the way to multinational corporations like Walmart and Amazon depend on reliable and accurate inventory management software systems, as these are needed everywhere, and with even more challenging tasks at large-scale retailers, such as the warehouses from the biggest retailers in the Fortune 500. But, even with inventory management software, large organizations still rely on people on forklifts with barcode readers to perform cycle counts, from a significant amount of employees to costly machinery to properly manage large-scale inventories, such as those found in retail, third-party logistics, food distribution, and warehouses in air cargo industries. Most importantly, the visibility of what's sitting on the DC floor is delayed by 3-4 months. To solve this significant problem, Gather AI is building the world's first truly autonomous inventory management platform, freeing logistic-driven organizations from inefficient and manual tasks through intelligent and robust automation.

Security tool guarantees privacy in surveillance footage


Surveillance cameras have an identity problem, fueled by an inherent tension between utility and privacy. As these powerful little devices have cropped up seemingly everywhere, the use of machine learning tools has automated video content analysis at a massive scale -- but with increasing mass surveillance, there are currently no legally enforceable rules to limit privacy invasions. Security cameras can do a lot -- they've become smarter and supremely more competent than their ghosts of grainy pictures past, the ofttimes "hero tool" in crime media. Now, video surveillance can help health officials measure the fraction of people wearing masks, enable transportation departments to monitor the density and flow of vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians, and provide businesses with a better understanding of shopping behaviors. But why has privacy remained a weak afterthought?

The 12 Industries Amazon Could Disrupt Next - CB Insights Research


Since 1999, Amazon's disruptive bravado has made "getting Amazoned" a fear for executives in any sector the tech giant sets its sights on. Here are the industries that could be under threat next. Jeff Bezos once famously said, "Your margin is my opportunity." Today, Amazon is finding opportunities in industries that would have been unthinkable for the company to attack even a few years ago. Throughout the 2000s, Amazon's e-commerce dominance paved a path of destruction through books, music, toys, sports, and a range of other retail verticals. Big box stores like Toys "R" Us, Sports Authority, and Barnes & Noble -- some of which had thrived for more than a century -- couldn't compete with Amazon's ability to combine uncommonly fast shipping with low prices. Today, Amazon's disruptive ambitions extend far beyond retail. With its expertise in complex supply chain logistics and competitive advantage in data collection, Amazon is attacking a whole host of new industries. The tech giant has ...