Samsung recently unveiled its new prototype ‘digital eye’ and the results uncannily resembled a human brain.
Samsung has built its ‘eye’ using IBM’s TrueNorth ‘cognitive chip’ or ‘neuromorphic chip’ which has 4,096 cores that combine and make approximately one million digital neurons and 256 million synapse connections. The neuron-inspired TrueNorth processors run Samsung’s prototype and each core sends messages to one another to aid in processing data.
According to Engadget, IBM’s product operates very quickly, consuming far less energy than typical processors – only about 300 milliwatts, a hundredth of a laptop’s power use – and Samsung has plugged the TrueNorth into their Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS) to process digital imagery at an outstandingly fast rate of 2,000 frames per second. Usually, digital cameras can only hit a peak of 120 frames per second.
CNET reported that every pixel on Samsung’s DVS reacts only when it needs to report a change in what it can see – this means the ‘digital eye’ can track movement in a 3D space or create gesture controls.
Samsung’s system – which was shown off at an IBM press event using a motion gesture-controlled TV – can recognise hand gestures, finger waves and finger pinches, up to 10 feet away. Android Authority thinks that neuromorphic processors could have many other uses such as artificial intelligence and self-driving cars. Additionally, the Air Force Research Laboratory is looking into how successful the processors are at spotting computer attacks and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory used the processor to find vehicles in packed overhead video surveillance simulations.
Android Authority also believes that this chip or similar designs could be implemented as assistant processors with today’s CPUs, even in relatively low power systems.