Apple recently acquired the patent portfolio of the Lighthouse of AI — failed startup which was involved in the production of home-surveillance cameras with features of artificial intelligence. Firm Tim cook bought the intellectual property of Lighthouse AI at the end of 2018, but it has become known only now, with the entry of data into the database of the Bureau of the United States patent and trademark office (USPTO).
Apple just bought eight patents and patent applications, according to the IAM. They relate to technologies associated with the use of computer vision for security, voice interfaces, visual authentication and other developments.
The idea of products Lighthouse AI was to apply AI technology in “smart” cameras, and thereby to simplify the lives of users. Instead of having to touch the device could notify the homeowner about various situations in your iOS application. In 2017, the company released the model “3D-vision”, which could alert the owner, for example, that the children had not returned home by 4 o’clock in the evening on weekdays, and the dog was not bred to walk from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sundays. In December 2018, the head of the Lighthouse AI Alex Teichman announced that his company “failed to achieve commercial success” and will be shut down.
Perhaps Apple will implement practices of a startup in the biometric authentication system Face ID for future generations. Also, the manufacturer “iPhones” would give access to technology Lighthouse AI devices compatible with its own system HomeKit to control home electronics (appliances, lighting and Bluetooth-lights, alarm, doors, garage, etc.).
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