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UK Investigating London Facial Recognition Use | PYMNTS.com
She added that taking a closer look at the technology was a priority for the Information Commissioner’s Office. “My office and the judiciary are both independently considering the legal issues and whether the current framework has kept pace with emerging technologies and people’s expectations about how their most sensitive personal data are used,” Denham explained.

A spokesperson for Argent did not provide any details about the technology’s use, while Camden Council, within which King’s Cross sits, was unaware of its use in the area.

“Scanning people’s faces as they lawfully go about their daily lives, in order to identify them, is a potential threat to privacy that should concern us all. That is especially the case if it is done without people’s knowledge or understanding,” Denham said.

The U.K. isn’t the only country with concerns about facial recognition. In May, members of Congress in the U.S. supported a plan to draft legislation aimed at the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement.
privacy  fail  legal  recognition  ai 
yesterday by dancall
London's King's Cross uses facial recognition to track visitors
Argent, the property developer for the King's Cross estate, claimed in a statement that this is "to ensure everyone who visits King's Cross has the best possible experience".
"We use cameras around the site, as do many other developments and shopping centres, as well as transport nodes, sports clubs and other areas where large numbers of people gather," read the statement.
"These cameras use a number of detection and tracking methods, including facial recognition, but also have sophisticated systems in place to protect the privacy of the general public."
crime  recognition  ai  retail  privacy  fail 
2 days ago by dancall
US Cities Are Helping People Buy Amazon Surveillance Cameras Using Taxpayer Money - VICE
Documents obtained by Motherboard show that Ring uses partnership and promotional agreements in order to contractually obligate public officials to promote its products.
amazon  privacy  recognition  fail  cities  crime  security 
12 days ago by dancall
China’s facial recognition mania now extends to public housing and trash cans – so watch your step | South China Morning Post
The developments come amid rising resistance to the frictionless identification technology in many western countries, with Oakland recently joining San Francisco as US cities that have banned use of the technology by municipal authorities amid privacy concerns. A legal challenge has also been mounted in the UK against use of the tech by police, on the grounds that it constitutes an unlawful violation of privacy.

In Beijing, an automated entrance gate with face-scan tech has been installed in the first batch of 13 public rental housing communities, according to state-owned Xinhua news agency. By the end of October, the new system is expected to cover all 59 neighbourhoods.
apac  ai  recognition  property  crime 
16 days ago by dancall
Wireless Security Cameras Ending Non-Violent Crime | Flock Safety
Check out the most recent features of the Flock Safety product helping to solve crime across the nation.
crime  recognition  ai  security  new-companies 
20 days ago by dancall
Computers that can see — Benedict Evans
Now, suppose I post five photos of myself and Mr Porter knows what clothes to recommend, without my having to buy anything first, or go through any kind of onboarding? Suppose I wave my smartphone at my living room, and 1stDibs or Chairish know what lamps I’d like, without my having to spend days browsing, liking or buying across an inventory of thousands of items? And what happens if a dating app actually knows what’s in the photos? No more swiping - just take a selfie and it tells you what the match is. Seven or eight years ago this would have been science fiction, but today it’s ‘just’ engineering, product and route to market.

The common thread across all of this is that vision replaces single-purpose inputs, and human mechanical Turks, with a general-purpose input. It might be facetious (or might not) to think computer vision will match dates, but the crucial change is how far computer vision means that computers can turn imaging into structured data. An image sensor isn’t a ‘camera’ that takes ‘photos’ - it’s a way to let computers see.
technology  trends  ai  recognition  future 
26 days ago by dancall
Trax banks $100m in series D round led by Hopu Investments
Trax develops image recognition software and uses an IoT camera system to provide consumer packaged goods companies with shelf and store-level insights.
Founded in 2010, it claims to operate in over 50 countries, with more than 175 client engagements. It counts Warburg Pincus as its largest shareholder, and Boyu Capital, Investec, and GIC among its existing investors.
retail  technology  future  recognition  ai 
26 days ago by dancall
L'Oréal brings AR makeup try-ons to WeChat | Mobile Marketer
L'Oréal debuted the first mini-program for Tencent's WeChat that lets mobile users try on virtual makeup in the mobile messaging app, according to an announcement shared with Mobile Marketer.
L'Oréal's Giorgio Armani Beauty brand is demonstrating its products using augmented reality (AR). After testing the products, WeChat users can order them from Giorgio Armani Beauty's mini-program shopping site. Users also can compare "before and after" views of their looks, save the screenshots and share them on social media.​
ModiFace, the AR technology company that L'Oréal acquired last year, helped to develop the mini-program for Giorgio Armani Beauty's mini-program.
luxury  augmented-reality  recognition  apac  partnerships  wechat 
5 weeks ago by dancall
Vivo announces its first AR glasses - The Verge
Vivo has announced its first AR glasses at MWC Shanghai. The prototype product is simply called the Vivo AR Glass and is a relatively lightweight headset with two transparent displays and 6DoF tracking. It connects with a cable to Vivo’s as-yet unnamed 5G smartphone, which is also being demonstrated this week.
Vivo says the AR Glass has five use cases right now: gaming, office work, “5G theatre,” facial recognition, and object recognition. A promotional video posted by the company shows users playing games at the dinner table, getting told an acquaintance’s name, and sitting on their sofa surrounded by virtual jellyfish.
glass  apac  recognition  ai  augmented-reality 
5 weeks ago by dancall
Controversial deepfake app DeepNude shuts down hours after being exposed - The Verge
Motherboard first drew attention to DeepNude yesterday afternoon. The app, available for Windows and Linux, used AI to alter photos to make a person appear nude and was only designed to work on women. A free version of the app would place a large watermark across the images noting that they were fake, while a paid version placed a smaller watermark in a corner, which Motherboard said could easily be removed or cropped out. The app has been on sale for a few months, and the DeepNude team says that “honestly, the app is not that great” at what it does.
ai  widgets  fail  recognition  diversity  deepfake 
5 weeks ago by dancall
Smart Glasses Firm Launches Facial Recognition | PYMNTS.com
Smart glasses company Vuzix has developed eyewear with artificial intelligence (AI)-powered technology that can recognize faces in a crowd, according to a report by TechCrunch.
The technology was developed in partnership with software developer NNTC, and it will work with the company’s Blade smart glasses, which were introduced earlier this year at CES. It’s mainly meant for law enforcement, although it has some consumer applications.

The product is called the iFalcon Face Control Mobile, and Vuzix says it will match faces against a database stored on a wearable computer with a headset.
glass  recognition  ai  new-companies 
9 weeks ago by dancall
A new way to assess AI bias in object-recognition systems
We analyzed how well object-recognition systems provided by major commercial cloud services work on the Dollar Street photo collection, as well as the performance of Facebook's own internal systems. The results of our analysis show that, at the time of benchmarking, all these services perform substantially better in some countries than in others. In particular, photos from several countries in Africa and Asia were less likely to be identified accurately than photos from Europe and North America. Our analysis showed that this issue is not specific to one particular object-recognition system, but rather broadly affects tools from a wide range of companies, including ours. Using the Dollar Street data set and comparing performance for different income groups, we found that the accuracy of Facebook's object-recognition system varies by roughly 20 percent.

These results clearly show that we must do better both across the industry and here at Facebook. As detailed in the concluding section below, we are actively pursuing ways to address the issues identified by our paper.
ai  recognition  casestudies  fail  diversity  africa 
9 weeks ago by dancall
McDonald's and Spotify team up to offer you exclusive music
Its use is very simple, customers are invited to place the chips on top of a code drawn on the tray. By filling it out, you can scan the resulting code via Spotify and synchronize it with the application. When Spotify recognizes it, it will redirect us to a profile called “FriesList”. These playlists will contain themes that match our mood. So, “FriTops of the Moment”, “I’m Out of Fries” or “Someone Stole My Fries” will be some of the lists.
The action of McDonald’s and Spotify has been created in Brazil by the agencies DPZ & T Brasil and Leo Burnett Colombia. The idea is to offer a new experience to McDonald’s consumers. - via Aurelia
food  spotify  partnerships  recognition  ai  music  funny 
9 weeks ago by dancall
StyleSnap will change the way you shop, forever
StyleSnap, an AI-powered feature, helps you shop – all you need to do is take a photograph or screenshot of a look that you like. Announcing the feature at the re: MARS keynote, Consumer Worldwide CEO Jeff Wilke said, “The simplicity of the customer experience belies the complexity of the technology behind it.”

To get started, all you have to do is click the camera icon in the upper right hand corner of the Amazon App, and select the “StyleSnap” option; then simply upload a photograph or screenshot of a fashion look that you like. StyleSnap will present you with recommendations for similar items on Amazon that match the look in the photo. When providing recommendations, StyleSnap considers a variety of factors such as brand, price range, and customer reviews.
amazon  ai  recognition  clothing  ecommerce  trends  future 
10 weeks ago by dancall
Amazon Delves Into Fashion With AI Search Tool | PYMNTS.com
Now, according to reports, Amazon’s Consumer Worldwide CEO Jeff Wilke has announced a new AI-powered fashion search tool called StyleSnap, designed to help customers find clothes to buy. Someone can take a picture of an outfit or upload an image, and the tool will “match the look in the photo” and find similar items that are for sale on Amazon.com.
“The simplicity of the customer experience belies the complexity of the technology behind it,” Wilke said.
This is not the first service of its kind. Asos, a popular fashion brand, has a similar feature. Also, Amazon tried to release a fashion-related peripheral in 2017 called the Echo Look, which would provide users with clothing recommendations after using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze an outfit. According to a review by The Verge, the tool often made mistakes, could not identify different outfits and was repetitive with its tips. However, the move shows that Amazon is committed to growing its footprint in the fashion ecosphere and that it believes in its AI technology.
amazon  clothing  ai  recognition  ecommerce 
10 weeks ago by dancall
L'Oréal To Partner With Amazon On Makeup Tech | PYMNTS.com
L’Oréal’s virtual reality business ModiFace will be working with Amazon to provide makeup testing technology, according to an announcement from the French beauty powerhouse. The tech will allow customers to virtually “try on” lipstick using mobile phone videos or pictures. It will work with multiple brands, according to reports – including those not owned by L’Oréal, such as Maybelline and Lancôme. However, the technology will only work with lipstick, at least for now.
The service will launch in the United States and Japan in mid-2019; no financial details of the arrangement have been disclosed.
ModiFace was acquired by L’Oréal in 2018 as part of its larger technology-based push to bring innovation to cosmetics for the selfie generation. ModiFace specializes in augmented reality and artificial intelligence, as specifically applied to the beauty world.

L’Oréal has already applied the technology to its own digital sales business: Facebook users can use it to test and shop for L’Oréal-owned labels such as NYX, as well as Urban Decay, Lancôme and Yves Saint Laurent.
amazon  luxury  ai  partnerships  recognition 
10 weeks ago by dancall
Amazon Shareholders Defend Facial Recognition | PYMNTS.com
At a meeting on Wednesday (May 22), Amazon Shareholders shot down two proposals to monitor and curb the eCommerce giant’s facial recognition service, according to a report by Reuters.
Amazon’s technology, called Rekognition, has been under scrutiny as critics of the service have warned of false arrests and incorrect matches. Other voices in favor of the tech have claimed the service keeps the public more safe. The technology has been used by law enforcement in Oregon and Florida.
Amazon tried to stop the voting on the two non-binding proposals, which had the support of civil liberties groups, but it was overruled by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
One of the proposals would have put forward plans to conduct a study to see how much Rekognition harms human rights and privacy. The other would have made the company stop giving the technology to governments unless it was determined that selling it didn’t violate civil liberties.
One of the main concerns with Amazon’s tech is that it has more trouble than competitors’ software when it comes to identifying the gender of people with darker skin tones, which stokes fears of the technology putting innocent people in jail.
amazon  recognition  privacy  identity 
12 weeks ago by dancall
L’Oréal, Alibaba Introduce New AI Skin-Testing for Acne | Alizila.com
Global cosmetics company L’Oréal Group and Alibaba Group will launch the world’s first artificial intelligence-powered mobile-testing application targeting acne, the companies said on Friday.
Called the Effaclar Spotscan, the app is designed for people with acne but have limited access to dermatologists, according to a L’Oréal release. The app will make its debut on Alibaba’s Tmall and Taobao e-commerce apps next month, before launching in other apps and markets worldwide.
“L’Oréal Group has a vision of transforming into the champion of beauty-tech companies. And China, as the important digitalization and innovation hub for L’Oréal Group, is the most powerful driving force,” said L’Oréal China CEO Stéphane Rinderknech. “Today, Effaclar Spotscan is a milestone for us to create a disruptive beauty experience with open innovation, and bring a better life for people around the world.”
luxury  ai  recognition  health  apac  ideas 
12 weeks ago by dancall
Facial Recognition Biometrics Finds Friend In 5G | PYMNTS.com
According to the report, the “goBox will make a facial recognition scan to identify the customer before they open the door of the refrigerator. After that, sensors and cameras will make note of the items the customer removes from the machine, at which point the user will be charged for their purchases.” The 5G-enabled facial recognition process reportedly will take “less than a second, while the tech itself can be deployed in virtually any retail environment. According to UTStarcom and China Mobile Group, facial recognition will create a seamless shopping experience that eliminates the need to carry a physical object like a credit card or a mobile phone.”
ai  recognition  vending  retail  future  robots  apac  ideas 
12 weeks ago by dancall
San Francisco passes city government ban on facial recognition tech | TechCrunch
On Tuesday, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to approve a ban on the use of facial recognition tech by city agencies, including the police department. The Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance, introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin, is the first ban of its kind for a major American city and the seventh major surveillance oversight effort for a municipality in California.
“I want to be clear — this is not an anti-technology policy,” Peskin said during Tuesday’s board meeting. Peskin deemphasized the ban aspect of the ordinance, instead framing it as an outgrowth of the sweeping data privacy reforms signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown last year and an extension of prior efforts in other counties around the state. In 2016, Santa Clara county passed its own predecessor to San Francisco’s surveillance oversight policy, but that ordinance did not include a ban.
ai  recognition  crime  privacy  identity  legal 
may 2019 by dancall
Snapchat's Gender Swap AR Face Filter Is A Big Hit - VRScout
In some cases, the AR filter—available now in your face filter carousal—has been giving users some surprising results, many of which so realistic it’s difficult to tell which is real and which is AR. Instagram user Mark Valdez used the face filter and discovered he looks exactly like Anne Hathaway, while model Chris Perry posted a video of his girlfriend using the filter only to discover her male counterpart actually bears a striking resemblance to him.
snapchat  ai  recognition 
may 2019 by dancall
Eric Jang: Fun with Snapchat's Gender Swapping Filter
Snapchat's new gender-bending filter is a source of endless fun and laughs at parties. The results are very pleasing to look at. As someone who is used to working with machine learning algorithms, it's almost magical how robust this feature is.

I was so duly impressed that I signed up for Snapchat and fiddled around with it this morning to try and figure out what's going on under the hood and how I might break it.

N.B, this is not a serious exercise in reverse-engineering Snapchat's IPA file or studying how other apps engineer similar features; it's just some basic hypothesis testing into when it works and when it doesn't, plus a little narcissistic bathroom selfie fun.
snapchat  recognition  ai 
may 2019 by dancall
The 8 biggest announcements from the Google I/O 2019 keynote - The Verge
Google is bringing Live Caption to all videos. When you watch a video, whether it’s on your camera roll, on an app / the web, or even video chats, Google can soon begin adding subtitles to what is being said right underneath. The company says it’s built this for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, but some people might also use this when they’re watching videos in public and want to keep the volume low or while they’re on a call.
google  translation  recognition  voice  ai  future 
may 2019 by dancall
Nike Introduces Smart Shoes | PYMNTS.com
Nike is launching a new service within its app that will scan a user’s feet to determine their correct shoe size. Nike Fit in North America will officially launch in July. The company said it sees a real need for the service since, at any given time, 60 percent of consumers are wearing the wrong shoe size, which can lead to discomfort and even injury.

“This is going to make a lot of lives easier,” said Heidi O’Neill, head of Nike Direct, according to CNBC. “It’s going to have a virtuous impact on [our] business as well. … We think this is a problem people have been trying to solve for a long time.”

The service, which will launch first in the U.S. before hitting Europe in August, will be available within Nike’s mobile app and in its stores. Customers can scan their feet (using a smartphone at home), then receive shoe recommendations, which will be precise down to the millimeter. Consumers might be surprised to learn they are different sizes from what they thought, depending on the brand of shoe.
sportswear  ai  recognition  widgets 
may 2019 by dancall
App Used Photos To Train Facial Recognition | PYMNTS.com
A popular photo app called Ever, which was ostensibly used for cloud storage of photos, has been using customer pictures to train facial recognition AI software, according to a report by CNBC.
The company, which was started in 2013, marketed itself as a “warm and fuzzy” photo app site that would help customers store photos and free up space on their phones.
What’s not clear to most people is what the photos are used for, unless they read the company’s terms of service, which NBC News says was even more vague before they started investigating it.
recognition  privacy  identity  fail 
may 2019 by dancall
Google Fights Back – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
More importantly, while Google Assistant continues to impress — putting everything on device promises a major breakthrough in speed, a major limiting factor for Assistants today — it is not at all clear what Google’s business model is. It is hard to imagine anything as profitable as search ads, which benefit not only from precise targeting — the user explicitly says what they want! — but also an auction format that leverages the user to pick winners, and incentivizes those winners to overpay for the chance of forming an ongoing relationship with that user.

Indeed, this was both the promise and pitfall of Google’s overall presentation: organizing the world’s information was (relatively) easy when that information was widely available, and it was easy to monetize. Everything was aligned. The future, though, is a lot messier: getting information is more difficult, presenting that information is more challenging, and making money is very much an open question. Just because Google is better positioned in this race than anyone else doesn’t matter quite as much when the race is harder, even as the prize is less lucrative, while an increasing number of spectators are cheering for failure. Might as well bring cheerleaders!
google  ai  future  recognition  cameras  search 
may 2019 by dancall
Helpful new visual features in Search and Lens
With new AR features in Search rolling out later this month, you can view and interact with 3D objects right from Search and place them directly into your own space, giving you a sense of scale and detail. For example, it’s one thing to read that a great white shark can be 18 feet long. It’s another to see it up close in relation to the things around you. So when you search for select animals, you’ll get an option right in the Knowledge Panel to view them in 3D and AR.
google  augmented-reality  search  recognition  ai 
may 2019 by dancall
Google Maps trials crowdsourced images of restaurant dishes | Restaurant Dive
Google Maps is testing a new feature that shows users images of the most popular meals at a restaurant, according to a report by 9to5 Google.
The images are crowdsourced from images and texts that diners snap when visiting the restaurant. Users can suggest edits if they see a discrepancy between the photo and the actual meal.
google  maps  recognition 
may 2019 by dancall
Google Search upgrades AR and Lens features | Mobile Marketer
Google plans to show search results in augmented reality (AR) to help smartphone users see more vivid imagery when looking for information about topics, the company announced at its I/O 2019 developers conference. Google showed how brands can use AR for product information, including with a demonstration of sportswear brand New Balance letting mobile users virtually try on shoes.
Google Lens, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify objects with a smartphone camera, added new features like visual language translation of signs, audio reading of text, video demonstrations of recipes seen in magazines and scanning restaurant menus to show the most popular dishes.
Google Assistant, the company's voice-powered virtual assistant, was upgraded to be 10-times faster in responding to spoken requests. Google plans to add a hands-free driving mode to Assistant to provide personalized suggestions on navigation, messages, calling and media. The company also introduced a newly designed Android Auto dashboard to make the in-car platform easier to use without distracting drivers.
google  augmented-reality  ai  recognition  trends  future 
may 2019 by dancall
Chinese AR start-up develops smart glasses to help police catch suspects | South China Morning Post
Using a pair of glasses to detect and locate criminals might sound like a futuristic scene from a Hollywood film, but it has already become a reality in China.
Beijing-based augmented reality (AR) company Xloong created such a set of smart glasses for Chinese police in 2017, according to a company brochure. When wearing the AR glasses, police can access real-time facial, identification card and vehicle plate information that are linked with a national database. The company said the AR glasses “free the hands” of police and “improve efficiency in discovering criminal suspects”.
The glasses are already being used by law-enforcement authorities at airports and highway inspection stations, the company said in the handout. Six local public security bureaus are also using the Xloong headsets, including those in Beijing, Tianjin and the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
apac  glass  augmented-reality  ai  recognition  crime  funny  future 
may 2019 by dancall
Google Teases New AR Features For Its Search & Lens Apps - VRScout
Google Lens is also receiving an upgrade in the form of several practical AR-based tools. The company showed how users can point their camera at a restaurants menu to have Lens instantly highlight the menus most popular items and provide additional information on the dishes. When pointed at a check, Lens can also provide automatic tip calculation and even split the bill.

Using their Google Go programming language, they’ve also made several updates to live translation that will allow users to point their cameras at the text to instantly convert it into their preferred language. There’s also the option to listen to the text via translated audio.
google  augmented-reality  future  cameras  ai  recognition  mobile 
may 2019 by dancall
Details emerge of China’s ‘Big Brother’ surveillance app targeting Muslims | TechCrunch
It’s long been known that China is developing a dystopian surveillance system in Xinjiang, the Northwest province that’s home to China’s Uyghur Muslim population. Among the evidence includes a poorly managed database, and now we have details of a mobile app used by police in the region to track Uyghur citizens.

Human Rights Watch today published a detailed report into Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP), the system used to surveil the population of Xinjiang. The organization got hold of an IJOP app and reverse engineered it to shed light on the kind of data that is being sucked up about Uyghur people.

The details gathered vary from obvious information like name, height and blood type, to information on whether a person uses a VPN or specific apps — chat services like WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram — whether they leave their house via the backdoor, how much electricity they use and more.
apac  recognition  ai  fail  privacy 
may 2019 by dancall
Walgreens and Kroger test cameras that guess age and gender | New Food Economy| New Food Economy
These days, it’s entirely unremarkable for a wristwatch you thought you were going to buy online but decided against to take on a life outside its online shopping cart, following us across the internet through banner advertisements and Instagram posts before winding up in our emails as an ad. What isn’t yet commonplace are pints of ice cream that we picked up and put back following us through physical stores, and appearing at the end of the long checkout line when our willpower is significantly diminished.

That may change soon. According to the Associated Press, Kroger is testing cameras embedded in price signs on shelves at stores in the suburbs of Cincinnati and Seattle. They’re designed to guess a shopper’s gender and age, but the company claims they don’t store any data. At Walgreens, new coolers have been installed in four cities that display video screens instead of the usual glass doors. These screens contain subtle cameras that are equipped for tracking customers’ eye movements, though the company insists that function is turned off for now.
retail  recognition  ai  future  privacy  fail 
may 2019 by dancall
Naval on Twitter: "It’s hard to see how credit cards survive at all as Apple Pay and Google Pay spread. Biometrics and location ID make mobile wallets fraud-free. Merchants eliminate fraud, consumers get cash back. Authentication is the new Payments. Yo
It’s hard to see how credit cards survive at all as Apple Pay and Google Pay spread. Biometrics and location ID make mobile wallets fraud-free. Merchants eliminate fraud, consumers get cash back.
Authentication is the new Payments. Your new credit card is just you.
payment  future  recognition  ai  location  mobile 
may 2019 by dancall
Inside the Team at Facebook That Dealt with the Christchurch Shooting | The New Yorker
By the time Keenan got involved, Facebook had already moved onto the second phase of its protocol, “isolate,” and was trying to stop the spread of the content. “At that stage, it was six or seven hours in, so a lot of the initial responses had kicked off,” he told me. His and Jay’s teams tracked down and removed posts from around the world that praised the attack or urged further violence, and deleted copies of the video. This created an ethical tangle. While obvious bad actors were pushing the video on the site to spread extremist content or to thumb their noses at authority, many more posted it to condemn the attacks, to express sympathy for the victims, or because of the video’s newsworthiness. For consistency, and in deference to a request from the New Zealand government, the team deleted even these posts. The situation was a no-win for Facebook. Politicians were quick to condemn the company for the spread of extremism, and users who had posted the video in good faith felt unreasonably censored.
facebook  video  news-event  fail  viral  recognition 
may 2019 by dancall
Walmart Pilots In-Store Artificial Intelligence | PYMNTS.com
To provide a more enjoyable shopping experience and control costs, Walmart is testing ways to digitize its brick-and-mortar stores. The retailer is officially opening its Intelligent Retail Lab at a Long Island Neighborhood Market grocery store location, the Associated Press reported.

Through the digital efforts, ceiling cameras and shelf sensors will enable workers to fix problems and restock items efficiently. The technology will detect when shopping carts run low, when spills occur and when shelves have to be restocked. In one specific example, the cameras can even determine the ripeness of bananas. Workers can be notified by a phone alert when items need replaced.

Walmart’s Intelligent Retail Lab CEO and Jet.com Co-founder Mike Hanrahan said, according to the report, “We really like to think of this store as an artificial intelligence factory, a place where we are building these products, experiences, where we are testing and learning.” He also noted that the cameras are set to mostly home in on shelves and products. (Cameras do not, say, track customer movements or recognize faces.) And sensors within shelves have information about what is in the back of shelves, which can provide more data to stores.
retail  future  recognition  ideas 
april 2019 by dancall
Teen hits Apple with $1B lawsuit over facial recognition arrest - CNET
An 18-year-old New Yorker filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Apple on Monday, claiming that facial recognition software incorrectly linked him to thefts at several stores.
Ousmane Bah was arrested by New York Police Department officers on Nov. 29 after being accused of thefts at Apple Stores in Manhattan, Boston, New Jersey and Delaware, according to his lawsuit.
The lawsuit says the actual thief was caught stealing $1,200 worth of merchandise -- specifically Apple Pencils -- from the Boston store on May 31, 2018. The person then used a stolen ID that included Bah's name, address and other personal details, but not his photo, according to the suit. This may actually have been a non-photo learner's permit that Bah previously lost, the suit says. Bah is African American.
apple  legal  crime  fail  recognition  identity  privacy 
april 2019 by dancall
UK Bank NatWest Introduces Biometric Payments | PYMNTS.com
U.K. bank NatWest has announced a biometric payment technology for its commercial and business customers.
The new development will allow for customers to make payments through an app using Apple’s FaceID or TouchID, CNBC reported.
Once a device is registered, a customer can set up the biometric authentication, which will require a six-digit code. The new technology will be introduced to iOS users first, and then on Android and other systems in the latter part of the year.
finance  payment  recognition  ai 
april 2019 by dancall
Volvo Putting Cameras In All Cars to Combat Distraction and Drunk Driving
Volvo will put in-car cameras in all of its cars as standard starting in the early 2020s, with driver-monitoring systems aimed at curbing distracted driving and driving under the influence.
The systems will be able to slow the car, call emergency services, and fully pull over if the driver is inattentive.
Also standard will be the Care Key, which essentially activates a programmable valet mode aimed at new, young drivers.
automotive  ai  csr  recognition 
march 2019 by dancall
Matthew Brennan on Twitter: "Wow! China Airport face recognition systems to help you check your flight status and find the way to your gate. Note I did not input anything, it accurately identified my full flight information from my face!… https://t.co/Q
Wow! China Airport face recognition systems to help you check your flight status and find the way to your gate. Note I did not input anything, it accurately identified my full flight information from my face!
ai  recognition  apac 
march 2019 by dancall
Burger King sets rivals' ads aflame with AR app | Mobile Marketer
Burger King is offering mobile users in Brazil a free Whopper for virtually setting fire to the ads of its rivals, The Drum reported. The burger chain's app shows a "Burn That Ad" banner that mobile users can tap while pointing their smartphone camera at the print, coupon and billboard ads from competitors like McDonald's.
As a video spot for the campaign shows, Burger King's app uses augmented reality (AR) to overlay digital images of a blazing inferno that burns away competitors' ads to reveal a mobile coupon for a free Whopper sandwich from the chain's nearest location.
Burger King expects to give away about half a million Whoppers during the campaign, which highlights the pre-ordering, payment and pickup features of BK Express. Agency David São Paulo developed the campaign for Burger King Brazil.
funny  creative  widgets  augmented-reality  food  recognition  ai  ideas 
march 2019 by dancall
How AI, facial recognition technologies are revolutionising physical security in Asia | South China Morning Post
With high-definition video surveillance cameras, facial recognition and remote sensors feeding tonnes of data into artificial intelligence algorithms to analyse in real time, technology has advanced to the point where the “old uncle” is no longer needed, according to Chong.
Like other sectors buffeted by the winds of technological change, the concept of physical security is also being redefined by the new tools being used to ensure safety and deter crime.
ai  recognition  security  future  apac  futureofwork 
march 2019 by dancall
Alex Stamos on Twitter: "This is actually the wrong framing. This isn't about the video "going viral" in the traditional sense, where a piece of content explodes on social media *because* of engagement on that platform. TL;DR It isn't going to get a lot b
This is actually the wrong framing. This isn't about the video "going viral" in the traditional sense, where a piece of content explodes on social media *because* of engagement on that platform.
TL;DR It isn't going to get a lot better than this.
content  news-event  social-networks  fail  recognition  ai 
march 2019 by dancall
AI Cameras That Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal - Bloomberg
It’s watching, and knows a crime is about to take place before it happens.
Vaak, a Japanese startup, has developed artificial intelligence software that hunts for potential shoplifters, using footage from security cameras for fidgeting, restlessness and other potentially suspicious body language.
While AI is usually envisioned as a smart personal assistant or self-driving car, it turns out the technology is pretty good at spotting nefarious behavior. Like a scene out of the movie “Minority Report,” algorithms analyze security-camera footage and alert staff about potential thieves via a smartphone app. The goal is prevention; if the target is approached and asked if they need help, there’s a good chance the theft never happens.
retail  ai  recognition  apac  privacy 
march 2019 by dancall
Lego sponsors Cartoon Network's gamified viewing app | Mobile Marketer
Toymaker Lego is the launch sponsor of a mobile gaming app from Turner's Cartoon Network that lets viewers collect digital cartoon figures by watching the network's shows, per an announcement. The "Cartoon Network Arcade" will initially feature games based on 15 shows and more than 60 digital characters for app users to collect.
Tapping an on-screen "collect" button in the app will activate the mobile device's microphone to listen for a Cartoon Network show in the background. After detecting that the viewer is watching a show, the app unlocks the collectible figure.
The gaming app will be available for free from Apple's App Store and Google Play on March 11. After that, Cartoon Network will release regular monthly updates with additional gaming content, per Variety.
kids  tv  loyalty  recognition  ideas 
march 2019 by dancall
Not wearing a helmet or seat belt? This AI tool is helping Kerala traffic police grab you - #NextBigWhat
The cameras will be able to detect helmet-less drivers and those not wearing seat-belts. Some of these cameras are already in operation at Walayar, Wadakkanchery and Kozhikode.
ai  india  recognition  casestudies 
march 2019 by dancall
L'Oréal taps AI for skin diagnostics | Retail Dive
L’Oréal’s Modiface unit launched artificial intelligence-powered skin diagnostic technology to allow consumers to upload selfies to obtain treatment advice, according to a L’Oréal press release. Development of the digital tool is based on 15 years of scientific research on aging skin by the company's research and innovation teams. 

The technology leverages an AI-powered algorithm developed by Modiface that was trained on 6,000 clinical images from L’Oréal’s research, and on more than 4,500 smartphone selfies of women with different racial backgrounds in various lighting conditions, the press release stated.
luxury  ai  recognition 
february 2019 by dancall
Domino's Looks To AI, Loyalty And 'Fortressing' | PYMNTS.com
Now get ready for AI-based ordering, an idea that Domino’s executives touted on Thursday (Feb. 21) during the company’s Q4 post earnings conference call with investors.
The program, previously reported by PYMNTS, offers members of its Points for Pies rewards program a chance to earn points without having to buy a pizza from the chain — but in a way designed to tie consumers more tightly to the chain’s mobile ecosystem.
To receive the promotion, diners download the QSR’s app and sign up for its rewards program. They can then use a “newly embedded pizza identification feature to scan their pizza” and earn 10 points from the company. Customers then redeem 60 points for a medium two-topping pizza at the restaurant chain. To make the promotion possible, the company’s digital analytics team made a tool using artificial intelligence (AI) that can spot a pizza in a photo.
food  ai  recognition  loyalty 
february 2019 by dancall
The era of the camera: Google Lens, one year in
The answer, as you may have guessed, is machine learning and computer vision. But a machine learning algorithm is only as good as the data that it learns from. That’s why Lens leverages the hundreds of millions of queries in Image Search for “Shiba Inu” along with the thousands of images that are returned for each one to provide the basis for training its algorithms.
google  recognition  ai  future  search 
february 2019 by dancall
Visual search firm Donde raises $6.5M | Retail Dive
Donde, a company that provides visual search technology to retailers and e-commerce sites, has raised $6.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Matrix Partners, according to a Donde press release.

Senior leaders from AliExpress, Google, Waze and Mobileye, all of whom were previous investors in the company, also participated in the latest funding round, which brought the company's total funding to $10 million, the release stated.
ai  recognition  new-companies  search 
february 2019 by dancall
Pinterest Lets Users 'Shop The Look' | PYMNTS.com
Pinterest has fully automated Shop the Look, a feature that enables users to buy products from the company’s partners.
Launched in 2017, Shop the Look uses artificial intelligence to find objects in pinned photos that are similar to products in stock from vendors. While the original version had a “human in the loop” component that worked to match the pins with products, the company has now launched a fully automated experience for home decor scenes on iOS, with Android coming soon.
“This update increases our Shop The Look pin coverage by 22.5x across billions of pins and products, and in early testing has already lifted engagement by 7%,” wrote Kunlong Gu, engineer in the discovery division at Pinterest. “This update brings more computer vision-powered results across Pinterest, showing visually similar ideas to more people. With more Shop the Look pins in the system, pinners can expect to see a much more consistent user experience across all home decor scenes. In terms of internal operation, the artificial intelligence automation frees people from doing repetitive work so they can spend more time being creative.”
pinterest  ai  ecommerce  recognition  future  trends 
february 2019 by dancall
Cameras that understand: portrait mode and Google Lens — Benedict Evans
In the first, text is recognized (and I can copy it), and then the book itself is recognized (by the text or the image?) and Lens delivers a product match. Success.
In the second, the app isn’t managing to recognise the object, so the photo is being passed on to Google Image search and a match is found on a bunch of web pages, but Google doesn’t know what this actually is. This works, from the consumer’s perspective, but there’s no knowledge graph.
Third, what should be a highly recognizable product (an Alvar Aalto vase) is taken from an angle that probably doesn’t match an image on a website, but Google’s object detection thinks it’s a free-standing bath. If I manually give the image to Google Image Search, it suggests ‘club chair’. (Technically, the phone might be able to work out how big this object is and do something with that, but that’s probably for next year.)
ai  recognition  casestudies  trends  future 
february 2019 by dancall
For the Love of Pizza: Domino's to Offer Rewards Points for Any Pizza - Even Competitors'
Beginning on Saturday, Feb. 2, just ahead of one of the biggest pizza days of the year, Domino's will begin awarding rewards points for ALL pizza that customers may eat through its new Points for Pies program. The process is simple: Customers download the latest Domino's app, sign up for the Piece of the Pie Rewards® loyalty program (if not already a member), use the newly-embedded pizza identification feature to scan their pizza and voila! Customers can then earn 10 points. After a customer earns 60 points, they can redeem them for a free medium two-topping Domino's pizza! All the details can be found at pointsforpies.com.  
food  loyalty  ai  recognition  stunts 
february 2019 by dancall
Domino's Uses AI for Pizza Points Loyalty Play | PYMNTS.com
In an attempt to earn customer loyalty heading into the Super Bowl pizza rush, Domino’s is offering members of its Points for Pies rewards program a chance to earn points without having to buy a pizza from the chain. Domino’s Senior Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Art D’Elia said in an announcement for the offering, “Instead of advertising during Sunday’s game, we decided to invest in a breakthrough program.” (Domino’s Chief Executive Ritch Allison, however, will appear in commercials for the program.)

To receive the promotion, diners download the QSR’s app and sign up for its rewards program. They can then use a “newly embedded pizza identification feature to scan their pizza” and earn 10 points from the company. Customers then redeem 60 points for a medium two-topping pizza at the restaurant chain. To make the promotion possible, the company’s digital analytics team made a tool using artificial intelligence (AI) that can spot a pizza in a photo. “We kept the definition broad, and we landed on an open-faced expression of sauce, cheese and crust,” Domino’s VP of Advertising Kate Trumbull told AdAge.
food  ai  recognition  stunts 
january 2019 by dancall
Is Surveillance the Future of Service? | Opinion, Retail Prophet | BoF
An abbreviated list of the technologies being used includes:
Thermal imaging technology that determines patterns in customer movement through space, showing areas of dense movement versus sparse movement
Device-based tracking keys into our mobile device’s unique identifier to track individual consumers through a retail space
Computer vision monitors which specific items are being removed from shelves by consumers, as well as which items are put back
Wi-Fi that, by simply logging in, shares the users unique MAC (media access control) address with the provider. Use a social login like Facebook and personal information can also be captured
Floor sensors measures footpath and engagement time by location
Apps such as mobile payment software, which geographically and temporally identify customers and their buying patterns
Radio frequency identification transmitters attached to products detect their movement and location (garments moving from a rack to the fitting room, for example)
Emotional capture technology used to determine the emotional or cognitive state of shoppers by analysing facial expressions
measurement  ai  recognition  privacy  fail 
january 2019 by dancall
5 retail technology trends to watch in 2019 | Retail Dive
Shopping search increasingly means visual or voice search, very likely through a mobile smartphone or another device that is not a desktop computer.
Visual search, in particular, is becoming a more frequent component of mobile app experiences, in everything from the apps of social networks like Pinterest, Snapchat and Instagram that adopted the technology early on to those of retailers. When used via mobile, it can be an omnichannel enabler, assisting consumers in app-based purchasing and driving social commerce, but also bringing them into stores — especially when searching for an image of a specific item shows which nearby stores might have that product.
retail  trends  future  search  recognition  augmented-reality  vr  o2o  ecommerce 
january 2019 by dancall
Kids are outsmarting Tencent's facial recognition feature
The Tencent game is one of the world’s most popular with 200 million players. It’s a multiplayer online battle arena game like League of Legends, but in bite-size form for mobile. According to Tencent Games, here are some examples of how kids cheat the facial recognition feature of Honor of Kings:

Secretly registering with their mother’s ID card and scanning her face while she’s sleeping
Pinching their throat and pretending to be a 70-year-old grandfather while talking to Honor of Kings customer service personnel
Coaxing or even commanding their parents to speak to the customer service personnel
Asking the lady working at the snack bar next to the school to impersonate their parents and convince the customer service personnel that their playtime doesn’t need to be restricted
apac  kids  gaming  funny  recognition 
december 2018 by dancall
Facial recognition software limits video game time for kids in China - Business Insider
After officially implementing the facial recognition software for its most popular game, "Honour of Kings," the company reported that about half of the accounts linked to underage players have successfully completed the process.

Of the accounts that didn't complete the process, 98% failed or declined the facial recognition test. Those who fail to complete the facial recognition are automatically limited to just one hour of play.

Tencent reported that young players have been using a number of methods to try to get around the verification process. Some attempted to use photos of sleeping relatives, while others tried to impersonate their grandparents while talking to Tencent's customer service. The company said that some kids had even convinced their parents or other adults they know into calling customer service to try to remove the age-based time limit.
apac  kids  gaming  detox  funny  ai  recognition 
december 2018 by dancall
China can apparently now identify citizens based on the way they walk | TechCrunch
The “gait recognition” technology is already being used by police in Beijing and Shanghai where it can identify individuals even when their face is obscured or their back is turned, according to an AP report.

The technology was developed by Chinese AI startup Watrix, which recently picked up a $14.5 million funding round to further develop its systems. CEO Huang Yongzhen told the AP that it can ID individuals at up to 50 meters (165 feet) which, in conjunction with existing facial recognition technology, can help police and surveillance systems operate more efficiently in busy areas.
apac  recognition  privacy  fail 
november 2018 by dancall
Alibaba unveils first "future hotel" in Hangzhou, China
Called Flyzoo, the hotel has an evocative name in Chinese: Feizhubuke, which sounds close to Facebook in the language and can be loosely translated “as staying here is a must.”
ti  apac  future  alibaba  robots  recognition 
november 2018 by dancall
easyJet's New Instagram Booking Takes Off | PYMNTS.com
Or it was, anyway — the European airline has now built a visual search tool to make it single-tap easy to see a picture, and book a flight to that location. According to Young, the consumer does not even necessarily need to know where the photo they are seeing was taken.

The feature is called “Look&Book” and it leverages image-recognition technology to match a photo of a location from anywhere in Europe with one of easyJet’s service locations. Moreover, once the user clicks on the image, Look&Book also allows users to see the nearest airport, and pre-populates the booking form in the app with those details.  The feature will also soon include destinations from outside of Europe as easyJet services them.
ti  recognition  ecommerce  trends  future 
november 2018 by dancall
Snap Plans Product Tweaks as Q3 Disappoints Investors | PYMNTS.com
As well, Snap said that it was testing out a way to search for products on Amazon using the Snapchat camera. The new feature requires that the consumer point his or her Snapchat camera at a physical product or barcode to grab the relevant information via the image. The underlying software recognizes the product, after which an Amazon card appears on screen, along with a link for the specific or similar product in question. The consumer can then make a purchase via the Amazon mobile app or through Amazon.com.
snapchat  stats  ecommerce  future  amazon  recognition 
october 2018 by dancall
Learn and do more with Lens in Google Images
Lens in Google Images can also make it easier to find and buy things you like online. For example, you might come to Google Images looking for ideas to redecorate your living room. During your search, you come across a couch you like in an image, but you may not know what style it is or where to buy it. All you need to do is press the Lens button, then either tap on a dot on the couch, or draw around it, and Google Images will show you related information and images. From there, you can learn more about it, or find places where you might be able to buy a similar couch.
google  ecommerce  pics  ai  recognition 
october 2018 by dancall
Tencent employs facial recognition to detect minors in top-grossing mobile game ‘Honour of Kings’ | South China Morning Post
Tencent’s stricter controls over underage gamers come amid Beijing’s call to protect children’s health, with the government blaming the country’s widespread myopia on the playing of video games.
tencent  GAMES  ai  recognition  privacy  apac  kids 
october 2018 by dancall
China’s Surveillance State: AI startups, Tech Giants Are At The Center Of The Government's Plans
The government’s ambitious plans hinge on three legs: support from big tech giants like Alibaba and Tencent, strong startup partnerships, and elaborately crafted government policies favoring national security over privacy.
apac  ai  privacy  trends  tencent  alibaba  recognition 
october 2018 by dancall
Selling an image – Contagious I/O
Now, if someone sees a photo of a place they’d like to visit, they can take a screenshot of it and then share it with or upload it to EasyJet’s app. The Look&Book feature uses image recognition to identify the location and match it to an EasyJet destination. It also identifies the nearest airport and enters that information into a booking form, saving users time.
ti  recognition 
october 2018 by dancall
Improving Search for the next 20 years
As Google marks our 20th anniversary, I wanted to share a first look at the next chapter of Search, and how we’re working to make information more accessible and useful for people everywhere. This next chapter is driven by three fundamental shifts in how we think about Search:

The shift from answers to journeys: To help you resume tasks where you left off and learn new interests and hobbies, we’re bringing new features to Search that help you with ongoing information needs.

The shift from queries to providing a queryless way to get to information: We can surface relevant information related to your interests, even when you don’t have a specific query in mind.

And the shift from text to a more visual way of finding information: We’re bringing more visual content to Search and completely redesigning Google Images to help you find information more easily.
google  search  future  voice  ai  recognition 
october 2018 by dancall
Snapchat lets you take a photo of an object to buy it on Amazon | TechCrunch
Users can use Snapchat’s camera to scan a physical object or barcode, which brings up a card showing that item and similar ones along with their title, price, thumbnail image, average review score and Prime availability. When they tap on one, they’ll be sent to Amazon’s app or site to buy it. Snapchat determines if you’re scanning a song, QR Snapcode or object, and then Amazon’s machine vision tech recognizes logos, artwork, package covers or other unique identifying marks to find the product. It’s rolling out to a small percentage of U.S. users first before Snap considers other countries.
snapchat  partnerships  recognition  ai  amazon  ecommerce 
september 2018 by dancall
Amazon, Snap Pair On Visual Search Commerce | PYMNTS.com
Snap announced that it is testing out a new way to search for products on Amazon using the Snapchat camera.
“It’s super easy to use. Simply point your Snapchat camera at a physical product or barcode, and press and hold on the camera screen to get started,” Snap said in a press release. “When the item or barcode is recognized, an Amazon card will appear on-screen, surfacing a link for that product or similar ones available on Amazon. Tap your selection to visit the Amazon App (if you have it installed on your phone) or Amazon.com, where you can complete your purchase or keep browsing.”
snapchat  recognition  ecommerce  partnerships  amazon 
september 2018 by dancall
AI-Human “Hive Mind” Diagnoses Pneumonia - IEEE Spectrum
First, it correctly predicted the top four finishers at the Kentucky Derby. Then, it was better at picking Academy Award winners than professional movie critics—three years in a row. The cherry on top was when it prophesied that the Chicago Cubs would end a 108-year dry spell by winning the 2016 World Series—four months before the Cubs were even in the playoffs. (They did.)

Now, this AI-powered predictive technology is turning its attention to an area where it could do some real good—diagnosing medical conditions.

In a study presented on Monday at the SIIM Conference on Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging in San Francisco, Stanford University doctors showed that eight radiologists interacting through Unanimous AI’s “swarm intelligence” technology were better at diagnosing pneumonia from chest X-rays than individual doctors or a machine-learning program alone.
ai  health  casestudies  recognition 
september 2018 by dancall
Amazon Go expands its reach to New York City | Food Dive
Amazon Go is headed to New York City, the company confirmed last week, though it did not provide a timeline for opening or specify where in the city the store would be located.
News website The Information spotted job listings for a store manager, assistant store manager and training lead for the location, and Amazon shortly after confirmed the expansion.
Amazon Go requires customers to scan a QR code before they enter the store, then utilizes finely calibrated cameras and shelf weights to track what they’ve grabbed off the shelf before they leave. The company has opened three Go stores in Seattle, including one that opened just last week, and plans to open locations in Chicago and San Francisco.
amazon  retail  future  trends  recognition 
september 2018 by dancall
Fast-fashion brands are launching visual search to gain a competitive edge | Glossy
Fast-fashion brands are competing against each other for online marketshare, and visual search offers a way to gain ground.
Today, Forever 21 begins offering “Discover Your Style” on its web and mobile homepages through a partnership with visual search engine Donde Search. A shopper can click on icons representing features they want in apparel, specifying factors such as silhouette and color, to see corresponding results in Forever 21’s inventory.
This is an expansion of a pilot of the technology launched on the retailer’s mobile app in May, which was so successful at increasing conversions and average purchase value that the company decided to “fast track” its large-scale web integration.
retail  ecommerce  recognition  casestudies  partnerships  ai 
august 2018 by dancall
Forever 21 visual search tool boosted purchase value by 20% | Retail Dive
The feature, developed by Donde Search, lets shoppers search by clicking icons representing attributes desired in an outfit, such as a skirt's length and fit, or a shirt's neckline and color, and not have to type terms into a search bar. The technology employs AI, computer vision and natural language processing to present shoppers with more relevant search results.
ai  recognition  widgets  ecommerce  stats  casestudies 
august 2018 by dancall
Scandit Marries AR, IoT To Boost eCommerce | PYMNTS.com
For the user, think of it as an eCommerce experience in an in-store setting, said the CEO, but which can be extended to logistics, healthcare and government. Computer vision, Mueller said, “offers the universal means to identify the presence of an object, identify what type of object it might be and then keep track of it,” all while the person wielding Scandit’s technology looks at the object from various perspectives, locations and angles.

The movement to that holistic, data-rich view has come as barcode scanners have evolved, moving toward mobile devices and phones that have cameras, of course — making information capture possible. For Scandit, he said, barcode scanning can represent a jumping-off point for retailers seeking to enhance in-store productivity and the consumer experience.
qr  recognition  new-companies  ai  retail  ecommerce 
august 2018 by dancall
Autonomous retail startup Inokyo’s first store feels like stealing | TechCrunch
“Cashierless stores will have the same level of impact on retail as self-driving cars will have on transportation,” Inokyo co-founder Tony Francis tells me. “This is the future of retail. It’s inevitable that stores will become increasingly autonomous.”

Inokyo (rhymes with Tokyo) is now accepting signups for beta customers who want early access to its Mountain View store. The goal is to collect enough data to dictate the future product array and business model. Inokyo is deciding whether it wants to sell its technology as a service to other retail stores, run its own stores or work with brands to improve their product’s positioning based on in-store sensor data on custom behavior.
retail  future  new-companies  recognition  ai 
august 2018 by dancall
Amazon’s new Part Finder helps you shop for those odd nuts and bolts | TechCrunch
On the following screen, you add more information to help narrow down the results. For example, we scanned a screw and it asked for other details like whether it was a flat head and the drive type. (Some of this information could have been derived from the scan, one would think, so it’s not clear how much Amazon is relying on the scan itself versus user input here.)

Of course, a screw is an easier thing to find on Amazon. The feature will be a lot more handy when you’re stuck with an odd part that you don’t know how to identify. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have a bunch of unintended parts lying around to test.
amazon  future  ecommerce  ideas  ai  recognition 
july 2018 by dancall
Chiquita, Shazam partner on AR/VR banana experience | Mobile Marketer
Chiquita Brands International partnered with audio and visual recognition app Shazam, which was acquired by Apple last December, to promote Chiquita's sustainability efforts, according to a statement provided to Mobile Marketer. Mobile users who scan a Shazam Code on Chiquita's blue stickers will unlock an augmented reality (AR) experience that virtually peels back the sticker to immerse viewers in a computer-generated world.
A related virtual reality (VR) experience lets people follow the journey of a banana from Chiquita farms in Latin America to their kitchen tables. The VR experience shows more information about Chiquita's sustainability initiatives and innovations in farm management and logistics.
Starting in mid-July, the Shazam Code will appear on 200 million Chiquita blue stickers in the U.S. and several European countries for four weeks. Creative agency Dffrnt Media developed the AR/VR experience.
food  vr  recognition  csr  creative 
july 2018 by dancall
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