Movidius and Google Partner to Bring New Vision Processor Technology for Enhanced App Development
|Richard Harris in Android Friday, February 21, 2014|
Movidius, a provider of vision processor technology for mobile and portable devices, has announced that it is working with Google to create intelligent vision-based apps beyond the currently capability of today’s mobile devices.
As part of the agreement, Movidius’ Myriad 1 vision processor platform will power Project Tango, an Android-based smartphone product/development kit within Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group.
Myriad 1 is the first generation of the Movidius Vision Processor Platform, a new ultralow power, high-performance and programmable architecture of computational chips, software and development tools that enables a range of devices to intelligently understand and contextualize their surroundings.
Movidius says that it can deliver up to 10 times more flexibility, processing speed and power efficiencies in smartphone, tablets, wearable and robotics when compared to traditional processors.
By mapping space and motion in real time with detailed precision and accuracy, Myriad 1 aims to mirror human vision with a new found level of depth, clarity and realism on mobile and portable connected devices. Movidius’ goal is to have the Myriad 1 technology serve as the architecture for app developers and device designers looking to power the next wave of intelligent applications that leverage mobile sight and perception for an engaging user experience.
Johnny Lee, Technical Program Lead for Advanced Technology & Projects at Google said in a statement, “Project Tango strives to give mobile devices a human-like understanding of space and motion through advanced sensor fusion and computer vision, enabling new and enhanced types of user experiences – including 3D scanning, indoor navigation and immersive gaming. Movidius has provided a key component towards enabling access to these features in a small mobile platform with a chip designed with visual sensing and battery life in mind. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Movidius as these new applications evolve and new device designs come to market.”
Remi El-Ouazzane CEO of Movidius also stated, “Google has paved the future direction for smart mobile vision systems and we’re excited to be working with a company that shares our vision to usher in the next wave of applications that fundamentally alter how a mobile device is used to experience the world around us. Project Tango is truly a groundbreaking platform, and we look forward to seeing the innovation the developer community achieves with unprecedented access to the Movidius Vision Processor.”
Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Movidius is a venture-backed start-up with investors including AIB Seed Capital Fund, Atlantic Bridge, Capital-E, DFJ Esprit and Robert Bosch Venture Capital.
Myriad 1 is available to qualified customers and software ecosystem partners now. Information can be obtained directly from Movidius at the link below.
Read more: http://www.movidius.com
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