CES 2021 is over and we saw a ton of interesting and cool news come out of the virtual show this year. You can check out some of our favorites here: IoT For All CES 2021. As we wrap up our coverage this year, we’re putting our focus on AI and “AIoT” products and solutions, plus a few robotic goodies we didn’t get to include anywhere else. Let’s get into it.
AIoT at the Edge Gets an Upgrade
Avalanche Computing announced that it has developed a one-click-through AI framework that is designed to increase production speed for edge implementations, while still remaining scalable.
The company said its AI framework can train a company’s AI model in parallel or distributed mode on multiple GPUs without changing the algorithm for reducing AI project costs, and then handle AI model deployment from one to many edge devices in one command.
This kind of scalable AIoT framework can help IoT companies get smart implementations in place and working, faster and at an enterprise scale, leading to more optimized operations. Avalanche said its proposed AI framework can help increase the speed of manufacturing and medical applications and add in predictive maintenance, anomaly detection, machine diagnosis, defect detection, supply chain analysis, and many other capabilities.
The combination of voice and AI and IoT, or AIoT, is growing in importance and prominence. This is especially true in areas where voice technologies are increasing our ability to communicate with each other. We’ve all used Google Translate to translate a word or phrase here and there but what about when it comes to a full conversation or listening to speech in a foreign language? How can voice software and IoT help?
Enter the TimeKettle M2 Translator Earbuds. We had the opportunity to test these nifty creations and we were pleasantly surprised with their capabilities and claims of “up to 95 percent accuracy.”
On the surface, the software is quite similar to using translation mobile apps, but instead of passing a phone back and forth, each person can wear one earbud, select their desired language (from 93 supported languages,) and with the help of Bluetooth 5.0, have a full conversation with fairly precise accuracy.
As a bonus, these headphones allow you to make and receive phone calls and listen to music. We had a great time testing it with family members who speak Spanish and Portuguese and finally being able to reduce the shame of slacking on my Duolingo studying. All-in-all, a very cool product that fuels our enthusiasm for consumer product innovations and the desire to connect different cultures and languages. After exceeding its goal on Indigogo, these are now available on Amazon.
MediWhale has deployed its AI diagnostic device, said to diagnose and predict eye and cardiovascular diseases in fewer than three minutes through eye imaging and AIoT. The company claims it has achieved 95 percent accuracy for eye diseases and 84 percent accuracy for cardiovascular diseases.
The AI-powered diagnostic device, called DrNoon, reportedly uses an ophthalmic camera and electronic medical records to examine and analyze images against an integrated database of ophthalmic and systemic diseases. It then makes a diagnostic determination and recommends that diagnosis to doctors.
ArcRAN is a cybersecurity company that is focused on the Smart City and, according to the CES release, it is now using machine learning algorithms to help governments and enterprises respond quickly to cybersecurity threats and attacks.
The core functions of the company’s new solutions include cybersecurity analysis, attack simulation, and risk evaluation. ArcRAN says it protects software and hardware applications for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) and critical information infrastructure (CII), that are used by public utilities, smart factories, smart hospitals, and smart buildings.
The new solutions reportedly scan local networks for unexpected behavior and unauthorized devices and integrate with IoT security detection APIs for statistics and tracking. This includes new 5G networks and all current commonly used connectivity. Once a potential problem is identified, the system creates and issues cyber threat alarms, prioritized by threat ranking, so IT security can deal with the most critical threats first.
And now, we’ll bring some robots we found interesting (and adorable) that didn’t make it into our other coverage but are certainly leveraging IoT and AI technologies into a physical AIoT manifestation.
Alisys seeks to enable remote robot management with a centralized cloud-based software platform, the company said. Its fleet of robots currently includes Pepper, Furhat, James, Spot and A1, which means that users want to manage many robots from remote locations.
As a company of software engineers, it said it wants to address the growing development of robots and the need to aggregate management software and languages. Jorgina Díaz Torres, Director of Business Development, said “The major benefits of our platform are savings on IT costs, improved efficiency, and optimized usage of robots.”
Cutii by Careclever is designed to be the new robot best friend of elderly family members, helping overcome social isolation and reverse cognitive decline. The company said it does this by bringing accessible communication, emergency assistance, and live entertainment to users’ fingertips.
Forty Cuttiis are already deployed in senior living communities and individuals’ homes in the USA and France. The company said it uses voice control, IoT integrations, and AI to simplify video calling and virtual activities for seniors and help them stay in touch and independent.