Apple Acquires XNOR.ai, Loss For The Industry

By John Honovich, Published Jan 16, 2020, 03:12pm EST (Info+)

Apple has acquired XNOR.ai for $200 million, reports GeekWire. This is a loss for the video surveillance industry.

XNOR.ai stunned the industry in 2019 when XNOR ran AI on Wyze's $20 camera that beat Axis and Hikvision professional camera manufacturer analytics.

However, just as quickly, XNOR.ai has been purchased by Apple and is almost certainly lost to the industry. On the other hand, it makes sense for XNOR.ai as they were challenged to find the right independent business model.

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I'm disappointed because I was expecting to become a new semiconductor master in the surveillance industry.

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That's a shame.

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Not necessarily bad for the surveillance industry, the tech might be used to improve Home Kit Secure Video and probably in other projects too.

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improve Home Kit Secure Video

Probably but that's a tiny part of Apple's market and focus, so unless that changed unlikely to be a major factor in video surveillance.

Btw, Greg Duffy, the founder of Dropcam went to work for Apple for a few years but left last year, per his LinkedIn profile:

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Great back-end tool for Apple to add metedata to users pics and videos stored in their cloud so consumers can use keywords when looking for clips, like you can with photos currently

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It is a loss, to be sure. It's correct to say that Bosch and Avigilon were already better than XNOR.AI, right? (At least in the Wyze implementation.) Dahua Analytics+ better as well?

On a related note, Hikvision recently announced 2nd generation Accusense:

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This acquisition makes no sense to me. Definitely a loss for the industry, but what kind of gain is it for Apple? Is this defensive? Did they buy them just to make them to away? If so, why?

Apple is not in the video surveillance game. AFAIK all their products have a vector processor, so don't need xnor's lightweight engine.

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but what kind of gain is it for Apple?

A $250 billion company sent $200 million on this. To put this on a more easily appreciated scale (for me as well), this is like a million-dollar company spending $800.

One, Apple gets a world-class team to work on various Apple projects. Two, even for Apple, efficiency is likely very important as they try to support more and more computer vision features and applications.

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And maybe patents?

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Google Patent search returns 5 results for patents assigned to XNOR.ai.

That said, XNOR.ai did not emphasize its patents as much as its non-public implementations.

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There's a surveillance angle if you don't mind conspiracy theories - having AI on the device would cut down the amount of data to send for human review.

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Update: XNOR.ai's website has now been taken down:

And their Medium articles, where they had they had a fair amount of details has also been shut down:

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Geekwire has a more recent post with some suggestions about how Apple can benefit from XNOR.ai:

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