Any step taken by Apple, from new patents to new releases, tends to make the rumour spread. However, a series of recent moves by the technology giant makes some people wonder if Apple will tackle the home security market.
Last month, it was reported that Apple purchased the patent portfolio of Lighthouse, a former home security camera company that closed at the end of 2018 due to lack of commercial success. Although Lighthouse could not compete in the crowded security camera market, its products feature outstanding artificial intelligence (AI) features, such as facial detection and intelligent motion detection.
AI has enormous potential for security cameras and other digital home security system. If digital home security systems become sufficiently “smart”, it will obsolete the supervision service of the professionals. If a system could reliably identify a real danger and alert the relevant authorities, there would be no need for a human to actively monitor the sources of security.
According to a report by The Information, Apple not only bought the Lighthouse patents but also made a grab for its people. It is said that the founders of Lighthouse, Alex Teichman and Hendrik Dahlkamp, along with approximately 20 members of their software team, are employees of Apple. Teichman and Dahlkamp have experience in AI research and auto-driving technology.
In addition, Apple continues Lighthouse’s research on AI and machine learning algorithms. According to The Information report, in an email earlier this week, Lighthouse co-founders approached their camera testers requesting their permission to share videos and sensor data with Apple.
The acquisition of Lighthouse reminds us of a similar move on Apple’s part: the purchase of the artificial intelligence home company Silk Labs in 2018. Silk Labs focused on bringing artificial intelligence to everyday mobile technology.
What do these purchases mean for Apple fans? While we do not expect to see a digital home security system with Apple’s brand in the immediate future, we believe it is likely that the camera features driven by artificial intelligence will reach Apple’s HomeKit and even the iPhone in the future. Given the company’s emphasis on privacy and the greater technological trend towards home automation, this expansion seems inevitable.
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