Startup XNOR.ai, Inventors of YOLO, Video Surveillance Plans Examined

By John Honovich, Published Sep 24, 2019, 11:27am EDT (Info+)

YOLO is arguably the most discussed and hyped computer vision model today. The inventors of YOLO have a startup named XNOR.ai that aims to bring their expertise to many markets, including video surveillance.

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XNOR.ai is the technology behind the $20 Wyze AI that beat Axis and Hikvision video analytics in IPVM testing.

Inside this note, we examine XNOR.ai's technology, go-to-market approach, how they compare to Ambarella and Intel Myriad plus the potential advantages and problems they face within video surveillance.

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Comments (4)

I think this will benefit some of the smaller companies that are looking to leverage some of these features. I think this will be big in the DIY/consumer market (Wyze is a good starting example of that). I think if they can prove some value to some of the big guys that are not really hopping on the AI/ML train yet (I'm thinking Bosch/Honeywell/Panasonic/Sony), that would be a huge win for the Xnor crew.

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If and when an android based camera comes to market, what stops XNOr from hopping on such a device

this would be a good long play in my opinion

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Xnor was one of the AI partners to Bosch spinout SAST at GSX this month, demonstrating exactly this - their AI running on the the SAST (Android) generic camera platform.

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Yes, I did not cover this but here is XNOR's blog post detailing that - Adding Deep Learning to your Edge Device with 5 Lines of Code — Xnor and SAST

My perception is that it's good marketing (SAST is well organized and well funded) but selling licenses via 3rd party in the SAST 'store' won't be a big moneymaker (certainly not short term since it's just starting up). If XNOR is going to get significant market share/volume, it has to be by selling to manufacturers with existing sizeable unit sales, that or pivoting to offer their own direct XNOR encoders / cameras / etc.

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