The recent focus of Apple on the AI-powered home security technology is a part of a broader technology industry adoption of connected or smart homes
American tech giant Apple, earlier this month, acquired the patents of Lighthouse AI, a manufacturer of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered home security cameras, according to reports.
Now the co-founders, Hendrik Dahlkamp and Alex Teichman, of Lighthouse have joined Apple, along with the other staff of 20 people, as reported by The Information.
The co-founders sent an email to former camera testers of the company seeking permission for transferring the video and sensor data, gathered through the cameras, to Apple.
A recent project of Lighthouse included the collection of that data and utilising it for training its machine learning (ML) algorithms to recognise people in domestic environments. This project will now be resumed at Apple by the co-founders and the 20 staff, mentioned the report.
Apple reportedly acquired a total of eight patents and patent applications from Lighthouse. Some of the patents cover typical security camera functions such as two-way communication between a camera and other devices. In addition, other patents specifically related to 3D depth-sensing technology that enabled Lighthouse’s camera to differentiate between people and pets, as well as recognising faces.
This is not the first company that build home security-focused AI, acquired by the iPhone maker. In November last year, it bought a start-up Silk Labs, which creates various ML technologies such as facial recognition and people detection.
The recent focus of Apple on the AI-powered home security technology is a part of a broader technology industry adoption of connected or smart homes, which comprises a large number of AI-driven and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices.
According to a Cisco report, it is estimated that connected home applications like home automation, video surveillance, home security, and connected white goods and tracking applications, will make up for 48 per cent of the overall M2M connections by 2022.