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Intel kills 'Vaunt' smart glass project

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 Global chip-maker Intel has shut down its “New Devices Group” (NDG) and ceased the development of “Vaunt” smart glasses who were like the eye-mounted wearables like Google Glass, the media reported.

“Despite an investment of several hundred million dollars by Intel, including through acquisitions of other companies, the group never made much of an impact in the wearables market,” a report in The Information said on Thursday.

The closure is probably to result in “some layoffs from the team, around 200 people”, the report noted.

“Intel is continuously working on new technologies and experiences. Not all of these develop into a product we choose to take to market. The Superlight [the codename for Vaunt] project is a great example where Intel developed truly differentiated, consumer augmented reality glasses,” The Verge quoted an Intel statement as saying.

Intel kills 'Vaunt' smart glass project.
Intel kills ‘Vaunt’ smart glass project.

“We are going to take a disciplined approach as we keep inventing and exploring new technologies, which will sometimes require tough choices when market dynamics don’t support further investment,” the statement added.

Jerry Bautista, the lead for “Vaunt,” had mentioned earlier that Intel was working with key ecosystem hardware providers like frames and lenses.

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Google Glass was introduced with much fanfare in 2014. At $1,500, it promised a new, bold era for information.

People, however, realised the device was not yet ready to be part of their lives. There were safety and health concerns.

Google later withdrew the device from the market in 2015.  IANS

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Intel to Train 15,000 people Under It’s ‘AI Developer Education Program’

The company says use of AI in sectors such as autonomous driving and the internet of things will create massive amounts of data.

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Research on AI and Machine Learning is already on at all Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs). VOA
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Intel is betting on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to drive demand for its electronic chips, for which it is aiming to train 15,000 scientists, developers, engineers and students on AI in India over the next one year.

The company will host 60 courses under its ‘AI Developer Education Program’. These will train people on ways they can adopt AI for better research, testing or even building of products. Intel is looking at India due to the country’s large base of technical talent. The country is the third largest global site for AI companies.

“As India undergoes rapid digital transformation, data centres and the intelligence behind the data collected will enable the government and industry to make effective decisions based on algorithms. This means increasing opportunities for using AI in the country,” said Prakash Mallya, managing director at Intel for South Asia.

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He says adoption of AI in developing countries would be much faster than in developed nations, as the magnitude of change it will bring will be far larger. Intel wishes to involve the government, academia and hospitals, too.

Research on AI and Machine Learning is already on at all Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs), the Indian Institute of Science and some private universities. The company is keen to partner with these institutions, to drive adoption of its services and to get the next generation of scientists and technologists trained for using its products and services.

“Our research groups are currently working on implementation of evolutionary algorithms in parallel environments, and using Intel based platforms and software tools to deploy, parallelise and optimise systems,” said Pushpak Bhattacharya, Director at IIT, Patna. Intel says by 2020, AI would contribute to the biggest workload in data centres, as analysis of data becomes ever more important for businesses, governments and academia. Its products reflect this change, becoming more capable in handling tasks on machine learning, computer vision and the like.

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The company says use of AI in sectors such as autonomous driving and the internet of things will create massive amounts of data, which in turn will have to be analysed. Mallya says a million autonomous cars have the capacity to create half as much data as humanity creates as a whole today. (IANS)

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