Google’s new DIY AI kits could help shape the future

The ‘technology of the future’ is constantly changing. Remember when Google Glass was the future and venture capitalists launched huge funds dedicated to financial Glass app developers?

Google’s new DIY AI kits could help shape the future

The “technology of the future” is constantly changing. Remember when Google Glass was the future and venture capitalists launched huge funds dedicated to financial Glass app developers? Remember when chat bots were the future and every tech company on the planet burned time and money developing Facebook Messenger bots? Yeah, most “technologies of the future” end up being little more than silly trends that vanish almost as quickly as they arrived. This time around, however, things feel like the might be a bit different when it comes to the latest “technology of the future.” Why? Because artificial intelligence really is the tech of the future.

Tech companies large and small have hopped on the AI bandwagon, but this time for good reason. AI and machine learning are integral to technologies of the future, potentially giving computers capabilities that we can’t even imagine right now. And Google has found a new role to play by equipping budding engineers with the tools they need to learn about AI and build their own AI solutions. No, this isn’t the start of the robot uprising. It’s the start of a new “AIY” initiative at Google that will offer comprehensive DIY kits for people — mainly students — who want to experiment with and learn about different AI solutions.

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Google just announced two new “AIY” (it’s like DIY, but for artificial intelligence) kits that build upon the ideas the company set forth with its first-generation kits. This time around, however, the new kits ship with everything a student might need to build AI solutions, including a Raspberry Pi Zero WH board.

“We’re taking the first of many steps to help educators integrate AIY into STEM lesson plans and help prepare students for the challenges of the future by launching a new version of our AIY kits,” Billy Rutledge, Director of AIY Projects at Google, wrote in a blog post. “The Voice Kit lets you build a voice controlled speaker, while the Vision Kit lets you build a camera that learns to recognize people and objects. The new kits make getting started a little easier with clearer instructions, a new app and all the parts in one box.”

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  • Publisher: BGR
  • Date: 2018-04-17T10:50:39+00:00
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Google Updates AIY Vision And Voice Kit With Everything Needed

Google has now updated its AIY Vision kit and AIY Voice kit with features that will make them more meaningful for newcomers. With the earlier version, it was a bit complicated, as users had to provide their own Raspberry Pi and other needed hardware, but now everything that’s needed comes in the package.

‘We’re taking the first of many steps to help educators integrate AIY into STEM lesson plans and help prepare students for the challenges of the future by launching a new version of our AIY kits,’ Google said in a blog post.

Google’s updated AIY Vision and AIY Voice kit come with a Raspberry Pi Zero WH board and a pre-provisioned SD card. The Vision Kit even includes a Raspberry Pi Camera v2. The search giant believes the new kit will speed up the setup process as users will not have to go shopping for extra needed items.

Google AIY Projects (it’s like DIY, but with artificial intelligence, so it’s AIY), which were launched in 2017, are simple hardware kits that help users make AI-powered devices like an Assistant speaker and a camera with added capabilities like image recognition. Google AIY Projects are very useful in schools and for STEM projects.

According to the search giant, since the launch of the kits, it has witnessed robust demand, mainly from the STEM audience ‘where parents and teachers alike have found the products to be great tools for the classroom.’

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  • Date: 2018-04-17T09:08:20-04:00
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Google turns to Raspberry Pi Zero WH for AIY Project kits

These are its DIY ‘ think Cardboard surrounds ‘ approach to embedding AI into smart speakers and cameras.

Basically it is a way for developers to use Google AI assistant technology employing sound and vision. They are particularly aimed at STEM subject teachers.

For example, the Voice Kit lets you build a voice controlled speaker and the Vision Kit lets you build a camera that could learn to recognise objects and people .

The new kits make getting started a little easier, says Google, with clearer instructions, a new app and all the parts in one box.

Specifically, to make setup easier, both kits have been redesigned to work with the Raspberry Pi Zero WH. Also in the box is the USB connector cable and a pre-provisioned SD card.

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  • Publisher: Electronics Weekly
  • Date: 2018-04-17T12:37:16+01:00
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