AI-based image recognition startup Orbeus quietly acquired by Amazon last fall

By Justin Lee Tweet April 9, 2016 –  Earlier this week it was revealed that Amazon quietly acquired image recognition startup Orbeus last fall for an unknown amount, according to unnamed sources cited in a report by Bloomberg. Orbeus’ photo-recognition software, ReKognition, was based on neural networks artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The company’s Phototime app automatically organized and identified the contents of images, which is similar to the capabilities offered by the AI-based app Photos, which Google later released. The Sunnyvale and Mountain View-based company previously raised just under $2 million in funding from a slew of investors, including Amino Capital, Excelerate Labs, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, CRCM Venture Capital and ZhenFund. Visitors to the Orbeus website are now greeted with the message, “”ReKognition API is no longer taking new customers.…


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