Amazon is reportedly planning to release a new version of its smart speaker Echo on Tuesday that includes a screen for making video calls. In April, Amazon launched a separate version of the smart home speaker called Echo Look, which included a camera that could give style advice on outfits, and which was also priced at $200. A new forecast from eMarketer says Amazon's Echo device would capture 70.6% of the market for voice-enabled speakers in the United States in 2017, well ahead of Google Home's 23.8%. The Nvidia Metropolis platform will use artificial intelligence to monitor video streams for incidents of crimes or worsening traffic, the company said in a press release on Tuesday.
In a move that hopes can propel it to the forefront of The Next Big Thing, Intel announced it would purchase Mobileye, an Israeli company that makes sensors and cameras for driverless vehicles. But there are a few potholes along the road to autonomous vehicles Intel will need to steer around to make this expensive acquisition pay off. It also needs to deliver tightly integrated systems (CPU and accelerators) that can be difficult to design, negotiate and implement across company lines. By acquiring Mobileye, Intel hopes that the combination of vision and brains will make it a leader in this fast growing market.
Automotive supplier Delphi has been promoting its Multi-Domain Controller (MDC) concept for several years. In November 2016, Delphi announced a partnership with Intel and Mobileye to commercialize the MDC using chips and software from the two companies. Mobileye's next-generation EyeQ4 and EyeQ5 chips would be combined with one of Intel's new automotive processors in the Delphi automated driving MDC. Nvidia uses one of its high-end graphics processing units for the machine learning and sensor fusion with a more general purpose chip for path planning and control.
NVIDIA, Microsoft, and Ingrasys, a subsidiary of Foxconn) announced today their plans for HGX-1, a hyperscale GPU accelerator for AI and cloud computing. This open-source design is being released in conjunction with Microsoft's Project Olympus initiative at the OCP (Open Compute Project) conference and is designed to give hyperscale datacenters a high performance and flexible path for the machine learning industry. The compute model is changing, and machine learning training currently favors GPU computing--NVIDIA's bread and butter. NVIDIA is drawing comparisons between the HGX-1 (and what it hopes to do for cloud-based AI workloads), with what ATX (Advanced Technology eXtended) accomplished for PC motherboards back in 1995.
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 01: The Super Bowl 51 logo is seen following a press conference held by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (not pictured) at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 1, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Last year, advertisers spent nearly $380 million plus production costs to run ads during the Super Bowl, and this year's total may be even higher. Over the weekend, several Forbes Media & Entertainment contributors will be using next-generation media metrics platforms to give you a more precise picture than ever before of who's watching, loving, hating and talking about the commercials that – let's face it – might be the biggest highlights of this year's context. In the case of iSpot.tv, a fast-growing Bellevue, WA-based company that's been watching the TV ad space since 2012 which I wrote about last year, this allows the company to build a comprehensive real-time inventory of every TV spot running on every channel in every media market in the United States, every second of every day.
Ahead of an earnings call on Thursday, when GoPro CEO Nicholas Woodman is expected to discuss his company's fourth quarter financial results and the issues behind Karma, FORBES talked to multiple industry insiders, including people familiar with GoPro's drone project. Meanwhile Chinese drone maker DJI, GoPro's main competitor and former potential partner, holds its position as the industry's far-and-away leader. In meetings brokered by Guinn, DJI CEO Frank Wang and Woodman discussed how the companies could work together to build a drone, though GoPro wanted their brand on the device. In November, The Wall Street Journal reported that GoPro, which had gone public in June and whose shares hit an all-time high in October, was developing its own line of consumer drones that would debut the following year.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) revs up the automotive industry, connected cars are becoming "devices on wheels" with in-vehicle systems connected to the Internet. Therefore, car manufacturers must develop new services and applications to provide consumers with more personalized driving options. Collecting and analyzing this data will help carmakers understand user preferences, develop new applications, and give consumers a wider, more personalized range of driving choices. To get new automotive IT services to market quickly, carmakers may wish to partner with application developers, IT security companies, and enterprise companies with established cloud-based infrastructures and data analysis experience.
A 2017 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan equipped with Waymo's self-driving vehicle technology. Along with better components, Waymo's automated system is performing more reliably in real-world driving, based on the latest annual figures filed with California's Department of Motor Vehicles. Since then it has racked up about 2.5 million test miles in automated mode, and billions of simulated miles, including a billion such miles in 2016 alone, the company said on Sunday. Ride-hailing giant Uber has announced plans to eventually convert its service from human-driven vehicles to fully robotic cars and trucks available on demand, and it garnered attention in September for a test program in Pittsburgh with prototype driverless cars (each with two technicians in the front) and a failed attempt at a similar program in San Francisco (scrubbed after Uber declined to apply for a $150 permit from California's DMV for its fleet).