Apple Acquires French Computer Vision Startup Regaind

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Apple Acquires French Computer Vision Startup Regaind

Regaind, a computer vision startup based out of France, has been acquired by Apple, according to a new report.

TechCrunch reports that Apple has acquired the small startup, which, up to this point, has been focused on artificial intelligence (AI), along with photo and face analysis. The publication reached out to Apple to verify the recent acquisition, but Apple, as usual, dealt out only its standard response to news of an acquisition:

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

As for Regaind itself, it has been working on a computer vision API, which would specifically analyze the content of photos. It can go further than that, too, aiming to discern the technical and aesthetic details of any photo. Specifically, Regaind’s technology can automatically find the best shot in a series of burst photos, based on the technical details of the photo itself. Regaind could also hide duplicates automatically.

Apple has added intelligence search within the Photos app already, letting users quickly search for a certain element in a photo they are looking for, or place. With Regaind’s technology, though, that search could get improved quite a bit. As noted in the original report, Apple’s Memories feature could also be improved, with Regaind’s technology surfacing the best possible photos to show off.

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What Apple will be doing with Regaind’s creations remains to be seen, but improving Photos in some way would be the most obvious goal, it seems.

[Source: iPhoneHacks]
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