Apple is always looking for new companies that it can get its hands on. The latest acquisition has been Xnor.ai, a Seattle-based startup specializing in artificial intelligence whose technology has been used by Wyze, the manufacturer of home security cameras, to implement the people detection feature in them.
Initially, it was thought that Apple could take advantage of this purchase to improve the iPhone camera application when it comes to recognizing the lens to be photographed, or the analysis of iCloud recordings with HomeKit Secure Video. However, Macworld believes that this new acquisition could have been made, to give a boost to Siri’s technology.
Apple hopes to reduce disadvantages with Amazon’s Google Assistant and Alexa
Although Siri was one of the first artificial intelligences to appear, she has fallen behind in the race against Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. It is believed that the main reason why Siri is not as smart as her rivals is because Apple has not used user information in the same way that other companies did.
That said, if Apple has taken over Xnor.ai to improve Siri, it is unlikely that we will see the results of this acquisition in the next iOS update. Implementing the new startup’s technology in its voice assistant, is something that will take a long time, although it is a good time that will certainly be worth it, since considering the power of the Californians’ processors and its Neural Engine, Siri’s speed and performance could be considerably improved.
According to Xnor.ai, Edge AI runs 10 times faster with 15 times more memory than cloud-based systems. This is something that could be leveraged to improve speech recognition between different users, voice dictation, or provide better suggestions when performing certain actions, such as copying a link or sharing content.
It is not yet clear how Apple will use Xnor.ai’s technology. The company has not made any further official statements regarding how it will take advantage of Edge AI or its possible integration with Siri or its HomeKit Secure Video, so we will be looking to report on any future developments in that direction.