Com­puter vi­sion tech set to thrive

Shanghai Daily - - BUSINESS - Zhu Shen­shen TECH­NOL­OGY

VSLAM, a key com­puter vi­sion tech­nol­ogy fea­tur­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, is set to see ex­plo­sive growth this year as it will be in­creas­ingly used in VR/ AR de­vices and home ro­bot­ics, Shang­hai Daily learned dur­ing the on­go­ing CES Asia, China’s big­gest con­sumer elec­tron­ics show.

VSLAM, or vis­ual si­mul­ta­ne­ous lo­cal­iza­tion and map­ping, uses po­si­tion­ing and map­ping tech­nolo­gies and AI al­go­rithms to con­struct and up­date a map in un­known en­vi­ron­ments while si­mul­ta­ne­ously lo­cat­ing and track­ing the po­si­tion.

World­wide spend­ing on vir­tual re­al­ity and augmented re­al­ity is fore­cast to grow 71.6 per­cent an­nu­ally on av­er­age over the 2017-2022 pe­riod, said US-based re­searcher IDC.

Com­puter vi­sion con­trib­utes the most rev­enue — 60 per­cent — to AI ap­pli­ca­tions, against 30 per­cent for voice and un­der 10 per­cent for trans­la­tion, said John Lin, pres­i­dent and CEO of Xvi­sio Tech­nol­ogy, a Shang­hai and Sil­i­con Val­ley based startup which of­fers VSLAM tech­nol­ogy and so­lu­tions for VR/AR and ro­bot­ics firms.

In 2017, Xvi­sio se­cured 16.5 mil­lion yuan (US$2.6 mil­lion) in a fi­nanc­ing round with lead­ing in­vestor CASSTAR, an in­vest­ment sub­sidiary of the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences. It is pre­par­ing for an­other round of fi­nanc­ing of 25 mil­lion yuan to 30 mil­lion yuan, Lin said dur­ing an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view.

An­other startup tak­ing part at CES Asia, SanKoBot, ex­pects large-scale pro­duc­tion of home ro­bot­ics pow­ered by VSLAM.

Uti­liz­ing com­puter vi­sion and AI tech­nolo­gies, ro­bots cre­ate 3D vis­ual landmarks, rec­og­nize key ob­jects and cre­ate 3D map of the in­door en­vi­ron­ment, Amanda Hou, co-founder of SanKobot, told Shang­hai Daily.

A visi­tor tries out a pair of AR glasses at CES Asia at the Shang­hai New In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter. The three-day show ends to­day. — Wang Rongjiang

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