Earlier today, Apple confirmed that it bought the Seattle-based artificial intelligence company Xnor.ai (through MacRumors) Apple-scale acquisitions occur frequently, although they rarely impact ordinary people on the day of their announcement. This is different.
The Seattle-based Wyze cameras, including the Wyze Cam V2 and Wyze Cam Pan, have used the detection of people on the Xnor.ai device since last summer. But now that Apple owns the company, it is no longer available. Some people in the Wyze forum point out that the beta firmware that eliminates the detection of people has already begun to be implemented.
Interestingly, the news of this period in the service is nothing new. Wyze issued a statement in November 2019 saying that Xnor.ai had terminated his contract (although his reason for doing so was not as clear then as it is today), and that a firmware update scheduled for mid-January 2020 would eliminate the feature. of those cameras
However, there is a positive side to this loss, even if Apple takes Xnor.ai makes Wyze’s affordable cameras less attractive in the interim. Wyze says he is working on his own internal version of people detection for launch sometime this year. And whether it operates on the device through “edge AI” computing as Xnor.ai does, or through cloud authentication, it will be free for users when it is launched.
That’s good and everything, but the year alone It started, and it is a bit worrying that Wyze has not followed with a specific time frame to replace the function. Two days ago, the Wyze social media community manager stated that the company was “making great progress” in their forums, but did not offer when it would be available.
As for what Apple plans to do with Xnor.ai, nobody knows. Prior to its partnership with Wyze, the startup AI had developed a small AI wireless camera that worked exclusively with solar energy. Regardless of whether Apple is more interested in its state-of-the-art computer algorithm, as it was seen working on Wyze cameras for a short time, or in its ingenious hardware ideas around AI-powered cameras, it’s getting everything with the purchase .