Apical, the tech company that has been innovating with camera and display subsystems over the years, has launched a unifying person-centric platform for the smart home, dubbed ART, to better integrate human behaviour with the environment utilizing latest breakthroughs in machine vision intelligence.

An announcement that came earlier this week promises that, “With ART, people in the home continuously invoke an avatar, a digitized representation, capturing their four key attributes of movement, pose, gesture and identity.”

Michael Tusch, CEO Apical further added: “ART is a unifying platform on which the industry can finally build compelling new home experiences for all of us. I believe it provides the best means yet to answer the question few dare ask: what is the point of the smart home?”

ART (which stands for Apical Resident Technology) provides a “coherent representation” to the ecosystem of IoT devices in the smart home through its machine intelligence technology called Spirit. The devices respond “naturally to people, interpret and anticipate their intent, provide authentication and parental control, and learn their behaviours and needs.”

Spirit, a chip level technology, is embedded into one or more networked sensors in the home converting raw data (needed to identify the user) to “virtualized object data”, in real time. “It does this without forming any imagery or video, providing an absolute protection against any entity looking into the home.”

GigaOm points out that a lot of bandwidth is also saved due to the absence of data associated with video files. Conversion to machine readable data leads to the time saving as the computer parses much faster. Tusch told GigaOM that the ART software can differentiate between people and pets, adults and children and strangers from those who live in the smart home.

(Image credit: Apical)


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