It might seem like Sony is the only company making sensors these days, but Canon is trying to keep up. On top of the crazy 120-megapixel video it flaunted last week, Canon showed footage captured by its 2.2-megapixel, 35MMFHDXS CMOS full-frame sensor… Engadget RSS Feed
Moment’s made a name for itself creating lenses for smartphones (which we just published a review of today, by the way), but the company is now venturing into a new segment: filmmaking. This campaign is being kickstarted (pun not intended) by a $ 149 anamorphic lens, and the results look pretty impressive. That’s probably how the Kickstarter already has over $ 370,000 (and climbing) in funding on a $ 50,000 goal.
Three other products were unveiled alongside this lens by Moment today: an iPhone X Battery Photo Case, a gimbal counterweight, and a filter mount.
Tempe police today released footage of the self-driving car crash that cost a woman her life. The edited footage shows both internal and external view of the car that struck Elaine Herzberg as she walked her bike across an empty road late Sunday evening. The police report notes that the vehicle involved, one of Uber’s self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs, was in autonomous mode when the crash occurred. The vehicle had a human safety driver behind the wheel to monitor the self-driving technology and take control in case of an imminent collision, or other emergency. Ultimately, it didn’t make a difference.…
Amazon's Cloud Cam just became decidedly more useful, especially for those moments when you can't pull out your phone. You can watch your live view from your computer through a cloudcam.amazon.com web portal — handy if you're at work and want to ch… Engadget RSS Feed
News has emerged that Google is helping the Department of Defense use artificial intelligence to analyze military drone footage. Information about the project was shared among company employees last week, and later shared by Gizmodo.
The initiative, known as Project Maven, was launched in April 2017. Its goal is to provide the U.S. Air Force with a means of sorting through the massive amount of imagery produced by its autonomous drones, to figure out which items require human analysis.
Google has been providing its TensorFlow application programming interface (API) to the Department of Defense in order to help machine learning algorithms recognize particular objects. A statement from the company submitted to Gizmodo stresses that the technology was used for non-offensive purposes.
However, there’s apparently some unrest among employees regarding the project. Some are upset that Google is dedicating resources to the military’s usage of surveillance technology, while others are arguing that Project Maven raises important questions about the ethical implementation of machine learning.
There’s resistance on the other side of the issue, too. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is a part of the Pentagon that’s responsible for analyzing images collected from satellites and drone footage. It’s currently in the process of introducing new technology into its capabilities, and some analysts are worried that too much reliance on automated systems instead of human experts will result in less effective intelligence.
Machine learning certainly has a role to play in military surveillance – Project Maven has apparently been employed in the fight against ISIS since December 2017, according to a report from The Bulletin. The question is how to use these tools ethically, and how much oversight is appropriate, given the nature of military operations.
The US military's Project Maven is getting some help using AI to interpret drone footage from a not-entirely-unexpected source: Google. The company has confirmed a Gizmodo report that it's offering TensorFlow programming kits to the Defense Departm… Engadget RSS Feed
It’s been well over two years since monthly drone updates have been shared online covering the construction progress of Apple’s second campus in California, called Apple Park. Over the weekend, drone videographer Matthew Roberts posted his latest video on YouTube, but instead of covering the newest updates to the campus, the video captured a drone that malfunctioned and crashed over Apple Park.
Roberts said the crashed drone’s operator got in touch with him, asking for help in locating the downed drone on Apple’s new campus and sharing the footage from the crash with Roberts. The drone that crashed is said to be one of DJI’s devices, so the owner was able to review a cached version of the video on the DJI app on their phone/tablet following the incident. “There were no signs of premature failure,” the owner said, and it’s still unclear why the drone malfunctioned.
Roberts eventually discovered the drone crashed among the solar panels on the roof of the main Apple Park building. The drone’s owner has contacted Apple and notified them of the incident, and Roberts said that “it remains to be seen” if Apple will return the drone back to its owner. In the video, it appears that the drone has remained mostly intact following the crash.
In the latest monthly update of Apple Park shared by Roberts earlier in February, the new campus was described as seeing increased activity from employees now that more have moved in, with bicycles appearing throughout parking lots and on walkways. The maintenance facility has also been completed, but Apple is still working on landscaping in a large area located between the main building and Steve Jobs Theater.