Apple has reportedly acquired the AI startup Silk Labs because the Cupertino-based tech large appears to increase its synthetic intelligence and good house choices.
In keeping with The Information, the sale came about earlier this 12 months and it was doubtless a small acquisition as Silk Labs solely had round a dozen staff.
The startup raised $4m in funding which it used to develop a wise house product that was later shelved. Silk Labs then went on to develop synthetic intelligence software program “light-weight sufficient to suit onto shopper like cameras”.
This might have enormous implications for future Apple merchandise that will someday be capable to utilise AI to course of knowledge with out sending it to the cloud.
Sense good house hub
Silk Labs just isn’t a well-known identify within the tech business however the firm was co-founded by Mozilla’s former CTO Andreas Gal. The corporate solely introduced one product, an clever digicam and good house hub referred to as Sense.
Sense launched on Kickstarter again in February of 2016 however the good house hub solely acquired round $150,000 in funding from 774 backers. Silk Labs then cancelled the product in June at which era it introduced that it will shift its focus to creating AI software program for different firms.
Apple has not formally confirmed the acquisition and it’ll doubtless be a while earlier than we see Silk Labs’ know-how make its means into an Apple Watch or iPhone.
By way of The Information