Wednesday in CE: Huawei's Mate 10 Driven Porsche Catapults AI Capabilities
One of my favorite demos at CES has always been the self-driving car. It's usually next to the drifting track and sports an hour or so wait. Although I've never had the patience to sit in line, everyone leaving the car looked more than thrilled to put their lives in the hands of a robust AI system.
Huawei is upping this insane gamble by powering a Porsche Panamera with their Mate 10 Pro smartphone, more accurately their Kirin 970 chipset.
Now the deep learning AI isn't quite as robust as Uber's venture or Tesla's autopilot, but this is really a way for Huawei to showcase just how capable their smartphone is. All of the systems mentioned rely on a series of cameras and optical views, but the main difference is a smartphone can make all the processing decisions for the vehicle. And to that same point, it seems that Huawei is more of a glorified IFTTT script than it is fully-functional autonomous driving. Their MWC demo drove the car very slowly to track objects, let the user pick if they wanted to go around it or hit the breaks when it approached said object, and that's pretty much it.
But that shouldn't take away from the fact that a smartphone can handle the sort of computing power to recognize objects and carry out commands at roughly 30 MPH. This expands the narrative for both smartphone and autonomous driving, and both are looking really positive.
Amazon Acquires Ring for $1 Billion Dollars
Am I the only desensitized to Amazon throwing around a billion dollars to acquire a company? In another "actually that makes sense" acquisition, Amazon has picked up Shark Tank reject and smart doorbell wunderkind Ring.
The move, on the surface, is just another drop in the bucket for Amazon—a company that is quickly creeping into the smart home products space with its Echo-related products and more. But there are a number of reasons why this acquisition makes perfect sense for the e-commerce giant.
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