SAN JOSE: NVIDIA'S GPU TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE (GTC) this year mainly concentrated on technologies that will power artificial intelligence (AI), especially in vehicles, drones and robots.
This was particularly evident in the GTC 2015 exhibition hall, where a plethora of Nvidia-powered gadgets, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and automobiles were on display, demonstrating how GPUs can be used to power all sorts of intelligent features that could change the role of machines in future.
One of the companies showing off their latest advances was a two-year-old start-up called Paracosm, a Florida-based firm that specialises in cloud-based 3D mapping software for robots.
Paracosm's software is designed for next-generation smartphones or tablets powered by Nvidia's Jetson TK1 mini super computer and equipped with depth sensors, like the ones found in Microsoft's Kinect, Google's Tango Tablet or the Intel RealSense platform.
It said its technology could be used to accurately map out the interior of a building in order to create a model that could be used as the basis for augmented reality games.
In a roped off an area at GTC that looked like a lunar landscape, Paracosm showed how its "Special Intelligence Platform" could enable a robot to navigate around obstacles by giving them a 3D map to guide them.
"You'll be able to build an accurate model of your home," a member of the team told The INQUIRER. "At the moment, Robots are blind, but we allow machines to see the same way a human does."
The start-up also has an app that allows a user to designate a destination point, while the robot calculates the best route to take, using its "special awareness skills" to avoid any obstacles in its path.
"Our technology is really useful for our robot friends. Soon enough, our office bots will be able to fetch us cans from the fridge," the Paracosm guy added.
Paracosm's investors include iRobot, the maker of the Roomba vacuum robots, Osage University Partners, BOLDstart Ventures, New World Angels and Deep Fork Capital. µ
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