A hoover that knows when the floor is dirty could be on the way

Imagine a world in which your home security camera will notice that the living room needs to be hoovered and will send your robot vacuum cleaner to deal with the mess without any human intervention. It will recognise furniture in the room that it can move out of the way to clean underneath. Or perhaps you want a high-tech personal attendant, fetching certain items to bring them to you? All that could be closer than you think, and an Irish company is behind it. Movidius has created the Fathom Neural Compute stick, a standalone deep-learning acceleration module that works hand in hand with the Fathom deep-learning software framework to bring a little bit of smart machine learning to devices in the future without any need for the cloud. It’s a…


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