Artificial Intelligence has made its way into the mainstream, so it makes sense that companies would start experimenting with unusual ways to use this new technology. But a team over at the creative agency Redpepper might have found the weirdest application of AI that could definitely be a sign of things to come.
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Where’s Waldo is a classic game that challenges readers to find a single character, dressed in his red-and-white-striped shirt, funny hat, and thick glasses within detailed drawings of dozens of characters, many of whom are wearing similar outfits. The books are written for kids but adults also love to try to locate him.
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With this in mind, the Redpepper group has created an AI robot called There’s Waldo that is able to identify the character with incredible accuracy, even with all of the decoys hidden in the illustrations. It’s essentially just a robotic arm called the uArm Swift Pro, which is Raspberry Pi-controlled, that works with a Vision Camera Kit.
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The main ingredient of the technology is facial recognition in the form of a camera that employs OpenCV to narrow down the potential subjects. This data is then sent to Google’s AutoML Vision service that identifies Waldo with 95% accuracy or better. This program was introduced in January and allows users to format their AI easily with a drag-and-drop tool.
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Facial recognition technology is nothing new, but companies are certainly finding new ways to use it. While There’s Waldo has limited application potential, the idea behind it could be applied to a variety of other instruments with real-world functionality. According to Redpepper, There’s Waldo works within 4.45 seconds, making it almost impossible for a human being to best the machine. Check out a demo in the video below...