It has been reported today that Apple has quietly acquired the patents from the now-defunct Lighthouse security camera which use artificial intelligence and a built-in 3D sensor. The security camera would emitted diffuse light, to measures the amount of time it takes for the light to bounce back, using this data the security camera would then be able to create a real-time 3D map of the room.
The security camera also offered automatic face detection but unfortunately failed to impress consumers and close down less than 10 months after launching its intelligent security camera. Today Intellectual Property publication IAM reports that Apple quietly acquired eight patents and patent applications very soon after Lighthouse ceased operations.
Using its artificial intelligence technology the security camera was able to distinguish between pets and people as well as recognise faces and was equipped with a visual authentication system which is similar to that used by Apple for its Face ID technology.
Lighthouse was originally founded back in 2014 by Hendrik Dahlkamp and Alex Teichman, who met while working in Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun’s lab at Stanford University. The company later joined Playground Global, an incubator run by Android creator Andy Rubin.
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