AI-enabled smart glass recognizes Images without any Power Source or sensors

By: | July 16th, 2019

Researchers: Zongfu Yu (left), Ang Chen (center) and Efram Khoram (right) developed the concept for a ‘smart’ piece of glass (PHOTO BY SAM MILLION WEAVER)

We read about new advancements in Artificial Intelligence almost daily. There is hardly any area left that hasn’t been touched by AI.

Now researchers from University of Wisconsin–Madison have developed a way to create artificially intelligent glass that can recognize images without any circuits, sensors, or power sources.

Researcher Zongfu Yu said in a press release, “We’re always thinking about how we provide vision for machines in the future, and imagining application specific, mission-driven technologies,” “This changes almost everything about how we design machine vision.”

Science behind

Glass artificial intelligence uses the way the light bends through it to recognize and distinguish between images. Tiny strategically placed bubbles and impurities are set in the glass that bends light in a specific ways to discriminate among different images.

In one of the experiments, this smart glass dynamically detected when a handwritten ‘3’ was altered to become an ‘8’.

Ming Yuan, a collaborator on the research and professor of statistics at Columbia University, said, “The true power of this technology lies in its ability to handle much more complex classification tasks instantly without any energy consumption,” “These tasks are the key to create artificial intelligence: to teach driverless cars to recognize a traffic signal, to enable voice control in consumer devices, among numerous other examples.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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