Amazon designs an A.I. camera to teach computer vision to developers

Amazon's DeepLens camera is available in the U.S.for $249

From Google to Snapchat, artificial intelligence is expanding the camera’s prowess and Amazon wants to give developers the chance to learn about deep learning and computer vision. On November 29, Amazon Web Services launched AWS DeepLens, a video camera designed to teach developers how to program A.I. functions from stylistic transfers to recognizing a hot dog. And now, on June 14, DeepLens is available in the U.S. for $249.

DeepLens is less of a camera and more of a learning tool. The camera is pre-loaded with several different A.I. infrastructures and helps teach developers how to use the tech with AWS infrastructure inside their own apps. The camera comes with AWS Greengrass Core and a version of MXNet, while users can also add their own frameworks like TensorFlow.

The learning camera looks rather unlike other cameras on the market — instead, it more closely resembles an action camera mounted on top of an external hard drive. The camera component houses a 4-megapixel camera capable of shooting standard 1080p HD video while a 2D microphone system incorporates sound.

But of course, a 4-megapixel camera isn’t what the DeepLens is all about. The camera system uses an Intel Atom processor fast enough to run deep learning algorithms on 10 frames in one second. The 8 GB of memory houses both the pre-stored code along with custom algorithms. Wi-Fi also opens up the possibility of using cloud computing for algorithms too large to run on the internal hardware.

Using AWS DeepLens software and a computer, users can choose from project templates for a more guided learning experience or choose to design their own software from scratch. The templates or sample project walks developers through how the project works so they can build hands-on experience to integrate deep learning into their own projects.

Deep learning is a form of artificial intelligence that requires less developer supervision over more traditional A.I. The form of machine learning is commonly used for computer vision, or the ability to recognize objects or patterns in images.

While the camera is designed primarily for developers, the hands-on access could allow smaller app companies to integrate the advanced features.

Updated on June 14: DeepLens is available in the U.S. 

Emerging Tech

How emotion-tracking A.I. will change computing as we know it

Affectiva is just one of the startups working to create emotion-tracking A.I. that can work out how you're feeling. Here's why this could change the face of computing as we know it.
Mobile

We tried all the latest and greatest smartphones to find the best of 2019

Smartphones are perhaps the most important and personal piece of tech on the planet. That’s why it’s important to pick the best phone for your individual needs. Here are the best smartphones you can buy.
Mobile

Which smartphone has the best camera? We found the sharpest shooters

They say that the best camera is always the one you have with you and that makes your smartphone camera very important indeed. Join us for a closer look at the best camera phones available right now.
Smart Home

Virtually walk through dream homes with Zillow’s new A.I.-powered 3D home tours

Home sellers and real estate agents listing properties on Zillow's home marketplace now can add 3D tours for free to their listings. Zillow 3D Home uses artificial intelligence to create tours with 360-degree panoramic photos.
Deals

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera gets a steep price cut at Walmart

Modern smartphones can snap pretty impressive pics, but if you want pro-quality photos, you need a dedicated digital camera. The Canon EOS Rebel T6 is one of the best entry-level DSLR cameras on the market, and it’s on sale right now for…
Photography

Panasonic Lumix S1R vs. Nikon Z 7: When megapixels matter, which do you choose?

The 47-megapixels Lumix S1R and 46-megapixel Nikon Z 7 are the two highest-resolution, full-frame mirrorless cameras on the market. The S1R features a high-resolution mode that can take 187MP images, but the Nikon is lighter and cheaper.
Photography

Sweet 16: Wacom’s Cintiq 16 pen display makes retouching photos a breeze

Wacom’s Cintiq pen displays are usually reserved for the pros (or wealthy enthusiasts), but the new Cintiq 16 brings screen and stylus editing to an approachable price. Does it cut too much to get there?
Mobile

China bans selfies at gigantic Aperture Spherical Telescope

You can't take a selfie with the world's largest single-dish radio telescope anymore, as the Chinese government has banned everything from smartphones to digital cameras in the surrounding 5-kilometer area.
Photography

Light on price but rich on features, these are the best cameras for students

Need pro-level features on a budget? The best cameras for students mix advanced features with a more palatable price point. From $2K entry level full frame cameras to $600 budget picks, here are five of the best cameras for students.
Photography

After controversial video, China bans ‘Leica’ on social media

A video that referenced Tiananmen Square got the name of the camera company Leica banned from the social media platform Weibo. Leica says the video wasn't an officially sanctioned promotion.
Photography

Photography News: Instagram’s disappearing likes, the best photos of the year

In this week's Photography News, see why Instagram is testing a version that excludes the number of likes a post gets. Also, see the impressive winners from two photography contests and the latest features coming to the Fujifilm X-T3.
Photography

Panasonic Lumix S1R vs. Sony A7R III: Which pixel-shift powerhouse is better?

The Lumix S1R and Sony A7R III are different in design, but similar in performance, and both offer pixel-shift high resolution modes which pull even more detail out of their already high-resolution sensors. Here's how they compare.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robots that eat landmines and clean your floors

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!
Photography

Earn more likes on your photos with the best cameras for Instagram

Looking to snap better Instagrams? Instagram doesn't demand high-resolution files, but upgrading your camera can deliver better bokeh and low-light quality. Here our the best cameras for Instagram.