Lanner Electronics to embed Hailo’s AI Chip

AI (Artificial Intelligence) chipmaker Hailo announced today its partnership with Lanner Electronics, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of intelligent edge computing appliances, to launch groundbreaking AI inference solutions for real-time computer vision at the edge. Hailo has combined its Hailo-8™ AI acceleration module with Lanner’s edge computing boxes to create high-performance, compact devices to support the demands of emerging AI applications at the edge.

Smart cities, retail, and industrial operations require hundreds of cameras generating video streams that need to be processed locally, quickly, and efficiently with minimal latency. Scaling AI to meet this challenge requires ultra-high performance and easy to deploy solutions, which this joint offering provides.

Lanner’s LEC-2290 edge box pairs an x86 CPU with the Hailo-8 AI module to produce a solution capable of optimizing demanding edge workloads and accelerating time-to-market for AI deployments. Lanner’s low-footprint LEC-7242 industrial wireless gateway integrates the Hailo-8 into a fanless, efficient appliance for real-time applications powered by AI at the edge. Both solutions process multiple video streams in real-time on a single device, while securely transmitting curated metadata and insights with robust onboard network connectivity.

Lanner’s modular approach to network appliances provides a clear path for engineers looking to optimize neural processing workloads. Integrated with Hailo’s AI module, Lanner’s fanless Edge AI computers enable mission-critical applications such as video analytics, traffic management, access control, and beyond.

“Our expertise in creating effective purpose-built hardware platforms, combined with Hailo’s unparalleled AI module performance, will provide industries with a reliable vision-based solution that is low power, low latency and cost-effective,” said Geoffrey Egger, VP and GM of Lanner Intelligent Edge BU. “We are confident that together, our vision inference solutions will enable industries ranging from smart retail to smart cities to push computing to the edge.”

Hailo’s specialized Hailo-8™ AI acceleration module delivers unprecedented performance to edge devices. Featuring up to 26 Tera Operations Per Second (TOPS), the module is built with an innovative architecture that enables edge devices to run sophisticated deep learning applications that could previously only run on the cloud. Its advanced structure translates into higher performance, lower power, and minimal latency, enabling enhanced privacy and better reliability for smart devices operating at the edge.

“Lanner’s hardware platforms bring proven reliability, with a purpose-built design that can withstand the distinct challenges of the industrial edge. Combined with the Hailo-8 AI module, the joint solution provides unmatched AI performance that is more powerful, scalable, and cost-efficient than competing solutions,” said Orr Danon, CEO and Co-Founder of Hailo. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact that our collaborative platform will have on rapidly evolving sectors including smart cities, smart retail, industrial IoT, and beyond.”

Longevity VC Invests in OutSense to Transform Human Waste into Lifesaving Medical Insights

Israeli digital health startup OutSense extends its Series A financing round to $2.7 million, following an investment from  Longevity Venture Partners, an American early-stage venture capital fund specializing in the Silvertech, Healthcare and Wellness sectors. The investment supplements the $2.2 million financing from Peregrine Ventures, which the company announced in November 2020.

Longevity will begin piloting OutSense’s technology for detecting clinical conditions by analyzing human waste later this year. The funds are being used for product development and preparations for large scale production, which will be followed up by another round of financing to support the company’s commercial activity.

The pilot will run in conjunction with CommuniCare Family of Companies, Longevity’s parent company, and major U.S. health care enterprise with more than 90 facilities in the U.S. In addition to this pilot, OutSense is also conducting clinical trials in Israel as well as a pilot in Japan.

OutSense developed an optical IoT device that can be attached to any toilet bowl. The solution includes multi-spectral optical sensors, a light source and an autonomous inspection device that includes a Wi-Fi connection. The device scans the human waste, identifies the optical footprint of the feces and urine components, sends the data for AI cloud-based analysis, and then supplies indications of various diseases at an extremely high proven level of precision.

The device currently enables the identification of blood in the stool, which is often a sign of colorectal cancer, an application that has been granted a patent in the U.S, Japan, Europe, and China. In addition, the company has developed special applications for elderly care institutions that permit continuous monitoring and remote diagnosis of dehydration, urinary tract infections, diarrhea, constipation as well as monitoring and diagnosing the routine use of the toilet.

OutSense’s solution serves as a replacement for the manual collection of human waste and delivery to labs. Many people defer or delay these types of tests, and in too many cases various diseases are discovered too late. Often the difference in the time between tests is lengthy and this can lead to a delay in diagnosing the disease, expensive hospitalizations, and a deterioration in the disease.

The OutSense technology constantly monitors the patient’s waste and provides automatic alerts to the control screens of the medical teams at elderly care facilities and medical institutions as well as a cellular app for use by people who use the company’s solution at private homes. The tests are conducted in a totally discreet manner and the data allows continuous monitoring of a patient’s health situation. The data also enables personalized care at the highest level without impacting daily routine.

OutSense recently launched several clinical trials in Israel, including a trial conducted in conjunction with the gastroenterological department at Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Centre (Ichilov Hospital) and involves 50 patients. As part of the research, the OutSense device will be installed in the toilets at the patients’ homes to monitor their excretions. The participants will also be checked for blood in their stool using the existing lab method, and this is to be followed up by a colonoscopy exam. The objective of the research is to validate the clinical efficiency of the OutSense device in a real use environment.

Yfat Scialom, CEO of OutSense noted, “The access to real-use environments that the Longevity’s investment brings to the table is invaluable. The ability to partner with a major U.S. health care provider serves as a signal to the market that the rules of the game can be changed. It signals that early detection of more diseases through our technology can save huge amounts in healthcare costs, and more importantly save lives. The pilot tests in the U.S and Japan, as well as the clinical trials in Israel are an important milestone toward our plan to launch production and commercial sales which are planned for Q1 2022.”

Dr. Mathew Wayne, chief medical officer for CommuniCare stated, “Our decision to partner with OutSense on this pilot is a win-win for advancing health outcomes forward. As a company we are always seeking innovative ways to transform the way we care for our residents and patients, and the OutSense vision and technology certainly shows enormous promise toward those efforts.”

Digi-Key eyes emerging Startups

The Global components distributor, Digi-Key Electronics, has launched a new microsite and help manual dedicated to help startup companies. The startup site leverages resources, tools and knowledge Digi-Key has amassed in working with thousands of startups every year. The manual, called the Startups Survival Guide, is the second edition leveraging Digi-Key’s partnership with Startups Magazine. Both resources follow the steps from idea and prototyping through production and support, and provide curated success factors needed to achieve the product’s introduction.

On the startup site, startups will find all of the tools and resources in one location. It is centered around the Startup Roadmap, which is 10 steps of startup success that provide descriptions, tools and resources for each stage. The Roadmap also features a video from Limor Freid, Ladyada from Adafruit on how she approaches each of the stages. Based in New York City, Adafruit is one of the best examples of an electronics-based startup success story.

The site also includes a Roadmap Dashboard, which is an interactive tool with steps, sub-steps and resources for each of the 10 stages. The site also includes over a dozen other startup success tools for everything from Scheme-it, our back-of-the-napkin ideation tool to bill of materials (BOM) management, reference platforms, bare PCB ordering with PCB Builder and DKRed through our Marketplace at Digi-Key website.

Digi-Key Electronics warehouse at Thief River Falls, Minn., USA
Digi-Key Electronics warehouse at Thief River Falls, Minn., USA

The Startups Survival Guide 2nd edition, developed in partnership with Startups Magazine, has been updated to provide the latest proven solutions to common startup challenges. The guide is also divided into sections mirroring the 10 steps of startup success and is comprised of articles and know-how curated from successful startups. “This guide can really help you navigate through your entrepreneurial journey,” said Anna Flockett, editor at Startups Magazine.

Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried. In the last 10 years, Adafruit has grown to over 100+ employees in the heart of NYC with a 50,000+ sq ft. factory. Adafruit has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment, and electronics that Limor personally selects, tests, and approves before going in to the Adafruit store.

Startups Magazine is designed to champion tech startups and to introduce tech startups to the world stage. Subscription is free at Startups Magazine website. Digi-Key Electronics, headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minn., USA, is an authorized global, full-service distributor of electronic components. It offers more than 11.8 million components, with over 2.6 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 1,700 brand manufacturers.

Celeno launches the world’s first connectivity client chip combining Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Doppler Radar

Above: A Doppler spectrogram produced by Wi-Fi signals

Ra’anana, Israel based Celeno Communications, announced the launching of the world’s first single chip solution for client devices combining Wi-Fi 6/6E, BT/BLE (Bluetooth/Bluetooth Low Energy) 5.2 and Celeno’s novel Wi-Fi Doppler Radar. The CL6000 “Denali” product family Doppler Radar is a Wi-Fi based sensing technology, that employs the Doppler effect and standard Wi-Fi packets.

It can track an object’s location or sense its presence or motion characteristics by using a single Wi-Fi device. The solution leverages standard Wi-Fi and operates in the 5GHz and 6GHz bands, to “see” through walls without requiring line of sight and/or dependence on light conditions.

Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging technology uses the Wi-Fi signal to generate imaging data that can be interpreted into insight about the movements of people and objects within a given environment. The Doppler effect (Doppler shift) is the change in frequency or wavelength of a wave in relation to an observer who is moving relative to the wave source.

The Doppler signature produced by the moving objects is analyzed by machine learning classifiers, which locate, monitor, and assess the behavior of such objects and the situation itself. The technology enhances the contextual interpretation of the event, enabling an endless variety of applications.

A group photo of Celeno's team near the company's HQ in Ra'anana, Israel
A group photo of Celeno’s team near the company’s HQ in Ra’anana, Israel

A Doppler spectrogram is a representation of the of doppler frequencies generated by a moving object over time. They are highly correlative to common human motions such as falling, walking, bending over, sitting down, standing up, etc.

This “Doppler signature” is analyzed by machine learning classifiers, which locate, monitor, and assess the behavior of such objects and the situation itself. “We are excited to bring this disruptive solution to the Wi-Fi industry,” said Gilad Rozen, CEO of Celeno. The CL6000 product family will start sampling with customers in the first quarter of 2022.

AI Chipmaker Hailo Awarded Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year

The Hailo-8, the AI processor for edge devices from leading AI (Artificial Intelligence) chipmaker Hailo, has been selected as winner of the 2021 Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year Awards for “Best Edge AI processor.” The awards recognize the innovation and excellence of the industry’s leading technology companies that are enabling practical visual AI and computer vision.

Now in its fourth year, the Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year Awards were announced in seven      different categories. Entries are judged by an independent, expert panel and based on innovation, impact on customers and the market, and competitive differentiation. Past winners include NVIDIA and Intel.

“We are honored that the Hailo-8 was selected as top Edge AI Processor in the 2021 Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year Awards,” said Orr Danon, Co-Founder and CEO at Hailo. “Hailo’s chip is uniquely designed for AI tasks at the edge, and we are proud to offer our award-winning technology to a wide range of companies in various industries seeking to innovate and maintain their competitive advantage.”

Hailo’s specialized Hailo-8 AI processor delivers unprecedented performance to edge devices. Featuring up to 26 Tera Operations Per Second (TOPS), the processor is built with an innovative architecture that enables edge devices to run sophisticated deep learning applications that could previously only run on the cloud. The AI chip’s advanced structure translates into higher performance, lower power, and minimal latency, enabling enhanced privacy and better reliability for smart devices operating at the edge.

“The Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year Awards recognize the most innovative and impactful new products in edge AI and computer vision,” said Jeff Bier, founder of the Edge AI and Vision Alliance. “We congratulate Hailo on our judging panel’s selection of its Hailo-8 processor technology as the best Edge AI Processor of 2021.”

Hailo’s AI processor is already enhancing state-of-the art products such as Foxconn’s BOXiedge and Leopard Imaging’s EdgeTuring. Powered by the Hailo-8, these products offer next-generation AI processing solutions for video analytics that are cost-effective with high image quality and top energy efficiency for AI inference nodes. The solutions benefit applications including smart cities, smart medical, smart retail, and industrial IoT.

Hailo CEO, Orr Danon will be leading a session at the Embedded Vision Summit (EVS) on May 26th titled “Productizing Edge AI Across Applications and Verticals: NEC Case Study and Insights.” He will be joined by guest speaker Tsvi Lev, Managing Director of NEC Research Center Israel and Corporate Vice President. For more information, see here.

Newsight and ZKW to develop smart light beams

Above: Newsight and ZKW’s Smart lighting module on a test wehicle

The Israeli startup Newsight Imaging and the Austrian based ZKW Group have completed the development of a new prototype of a car’s smart glare-free high beam that can be integrated directly into the headlamp with its associated sensors and controller. This eliminates the need for a separate front camera. The project, which is currently known as “senseZ” could be ready for series production soon and be manufactured by ZKW.

“The autonomous high beam system can be added to or used to retrofit older vehicle models that do not have a front camera or an infrastructure designed for ADB. It can also be used to upgrade existing adaptive high beam technology with a higher resolution,” said Oliver Schubert, CEO of ZKW Group. The innovation is easy to integrate into the vehicle architecture, because neither the vehicle electronics nor camera data from the vehicle itself are required.

The new system consists of an integrated module for glare-free high beams which is installed in the headlamp. The control signals for the adaptive light are delivered by a light-sensitive sensor that is also integrated into this “senseZ” unit. This allows for intelligent, vehicle-independent control of the high beam that automatically hides other road users at night, actively helping to improve traffic safety. An initial prototype in a test vehicle (Audi A1) will now be used to optimize the unit’s function. “Now, we are taking the next step together through further development and joint commercialization,” says Hannes Scheer, Head of Innovation at ZKW Group.

Newsight Imaging Ltd. (www.nstimg.com) develops CMOS image sensor chips, providing 3D solutions for high volume markets, replacing more expensive CCD sensors and other camera modules in LiDAR applications for robotics, automotive and more. Headquartered in Wieselburg, Austria, ZKW Group designs and produces complex premium lighting and electronic modules for international automakers such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, VW, Volvo and more.

SatixFy to Develop a Beam-Hopping Payload for OneWeb

Above: Artist’s representation of OneWeb future telecommuniction satellite

A group of UK space tech companies, sponsored by Government funding, are developing a new beam-hopping satellite that will allow satellites to allocate capacity momentarily according to demand. By changing the traditional forward link transmission from continuous to time-based burst. The beam-hopping satellite, nicknamed ‘Joey-Sat’, will be able to remotely direct beams to boost coverage in certain locations, such as areas of high usage where the network is struggling to cope with demand. In this revolutionary technology, the traditional color separation (frequency/polarization) is replaced by time division multiplexing over a single frequency carrier.

Led by global satellite communications network OneWeb, the industrial partners have received over £32 million from the UK Space Agency, via the European Space Agency’s Sunrise Programme, for a demonstration satellite due for launch in 2022. OneWeb team up with SatixFy, Celestia UK and Astroscale UK, to demonstrate the technology for its second-generation constellation of satellites planned to be launch-ready in 2025.

The satellite’s pilot beam-hopping payload will be developed by SatixFy, based in Farnborough, UK, and Rehovot, Israel. The user terminal to support this satellite is also being developed by SatixFy, who have been awarded Government funding of approximately £25 million. “We are really excited to be demonstrating new game-changing satellite payload capabilities in space next year,” said Charlie Bloomfield, CEO of SatixFy. “UKSA and ESA support has been fundamental in unlocking these new technologies.”

OneWeb currently has 182 satellites with another launch of 36 satellites scheduled for 27th  May. Designed to provide organisations and governments with global and resilient connectivity services, OneWeb’s network will feature 648 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, global gateways and air, maritime and land user terminals. In late 2021, OneWeb will begin providing commercial services across the Arctic regions and expanding to global coverage in 2022.