Concept: California’s tech company BrainChip and French tech startup Prophesse have partnered to launch next-gen platforms for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) looking to integrate event-based vision systems with high levels of AI performance. The partnership combines Prophesee’s computer vision technology with BrainChip’s neuromorphic processor Akida to deliver a complete high-performance and ultra-low-power solution.

Nature of Disruption: Prophesee’s computer vision technology leverages patented sensor design and AI algorithms. It mimics the eye and brain to reveal what was invisible until now using standard frame-based technology. The new computer vision technology has applications in autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, IoT, security and surveillance, and AR or VR. BrainChip’s Akida mimics the human brain to analyze only essential sensor inputs at the point of acquisition. It can process data with improved efficiency and precision. Also, it keeps AI or ML local to the chip, independent of the cloud to reduce the latency. The combination of both technologies can help advance AI enablement and offer manufacturers a ready-to-implement solution. Additionally, it helps OEMs looking to leverage edge-based visual technologies as part of their product offerings.

Outlook: The application of computer vision is increasing in various industries including automotive, healthcare, retail, robotics, agriculture, and manufacturing. It gives AI-enabled gadgets an edge to perform efficiently. BrainChip and Prophesee claim that the combination of their technologies can provide OEMs with a computer vision solution that can be directly implemented in a manufacturer’s end product. It can enable data processing with better efficiency, precision, and economy of energy at the point of acquisition.

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