Image recognition is fundamental to the survival of many species including eagles, flies and people. Image recognition involves the ability of the brain and receptor organs to take a potentially fuzzy array of indistinct shapes and to develop a focused clear sharp image, which provides useful details about the object in the image. As the earliest cave paintings show, being able to capture and manipulate the image of something gives one the power to change events and achieve better hunting success.
In the modern world we no longer need images of mammoths and bison for our food supply. We need images of products to buy. Neiman Marcus is an example of the modern environment in which we must locate and identify objects that we desire from their images.
There is innovative technology that is a game changer. An app is placed on a mobile device by a consumer or retailer. If the consumer takes a picture of an object, such as a great looking piece of clothing, shoes, or headwear, then the app searchers for a retailer or searches a retailer’s catalogue for an exact match or at least a close match. The matching image is shown to the consumer who can then use the app to walk through the process of deciding to buy and purchase. The use of the app makes shopping easier and more accurate for the consumer and for the vendor.
A great example of cool modern image recognition technology is the collaboration of Neiman Marcus and Slyce. Slyce is a sophisticated image recognition technology that has many applications. The collaboration with Neiman Marcus is a great marketing strategy. For example, you can capture or search an image of shoes or dresses that you want, and the Slyce technology helps you find it. This makes your shopping experience a pleasure.
This impressive technology has many applications including facial recognition as well as medical and scientific applications. The beauty of this system is that, in a series of steps, each image is parsed and sharpened into a recognizable image. This permits broad flexibility in how images can be morphed, developed and matched to existing data bases. In the evolution of image recognition technology, Slyce’s technology is an important advance.
Image recognition will play an important role in future technologies. It could be a great aid to people with disabilities like blindness. The future of image recognition is amazing. Just as it helped us survive and evolve, it is critical for our future evolution. The future for companies like Slyce and the technology of optical recognition is impressive. Image recognition is a key that unlocks the door to the future of technology.
An article appearing on June 17, 2015, in Fortune, announced that FreedomPop will continue to grow and has raised $30 million to fund that growth. The startup has taken on national carriers with it’s free mobile services. While this doesn’t make national carriers happy it has consumer’s jumping to sign up with the LA-based company.
The company doesn’t own its own infrastructure but buys data, SMS and voice capacities from Sprint at wholesale prices. It offers essential services to the consumer who may then sign up for more minutes, data and services at a cost if they choose. The company estimates that about one-half of its consumer’s use the free only services while the other half buys upgrades. These upgrades are how the company makes its money.
The new Series B is funded by Partech Ventures, and already existing investors, DCM Capital, and Mangrove Capital. Before this, the company had shopped itself around negotiating with national carriers, mobile operators, cable providers and one major internet company. They won’t say who these companies were, but rumor has it that Sprint had shown interest back in November.
They received six formal offers and entered into exclusive negotiations with one company but backed out. It’s believed that the offers were in the lower 100s of millions. However, FreedomPop decided that they could continue to grow. It’s thought that they may reach one million subscribers during the upcoming third quarter.
Promises can sometimes be very hard to keep. especially when the promise is made some time before it will be fulfilled. Two Pennsylvania teens made a pact in the fourth grade to attend their prom together. In recent weeks they did just that.
What makes the story most remarkable is that the young man (age 17) is a quarterback for his school’s football team. The young lady (also 17) has down’s syndrome. The two grew to be fast and true friends throughout grade school. Some thought the two would be better paired with someone else for the school prom, but the two made the pact, the promise, and felt that to honor their friendship and the promise made, this is what they should do.
The two grew to be fast and true friends throughout grade school. The young man was always looking out for the girl and made sure she was always included in activities. When the girl’s family moved to the next town over for her father’s work, they were not to see each other for some time.
When their two schools played against each other for a football game at CipherCloud, the two met again. Remembering the promise made in grade school, the young man approached the girl with a bunch of flowers with the word prom on them and asked her out. Adorned in a beautiful gown the two danced and enjoyed their evening.