sysctl parameter kern.video.record added to -current

With the following commit, Marcus Glocker (mglocker@) added an enhanced privacy control for video recording:

CVSROOT:	/cvs
Module name:	src
Changes by:	mglocker@cvs.openbsd.org	2020/12/28 11:28:11

Modified files:
	sys/dev        : video.c 
	sys/kern       : kern_sysctl.c 
	sys/sys        : sysctl.h 

Log message:
Analog to the the kern.audio.record sysctl parameter for audio(4)
devices, introduce kern.video.record for video(4) devices.  By default
kern.video.record will be set to zero, blanking all data delivered
by device drivers which attach to video(4).

The idea was initially proposed by
Laurence Tratt <laurie AT tratt DOT net>.

ok mpi@

This is analogous to kern.audio.record, which was first seen in OpenBSD 6.4.

AI on the Aisles: Startup’s Jetson-powered Inventory Management Boosts Revenue

Penn State University pals Brad Bogolea and Mirza Shah were living in Silicon Valley when they pitched Jeff Gee on their robotics concepts. Fortunately for them, the star designer was working at the soon-to-shutter Willow Garage robotics lab. So the three of them — Shah was also a software engineer at Willow — joined together Read article >

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AI on the Aisles: Startup’s Jetson-powered Inventory Management Boosts Revenue

Penn State University pals Brad Bogolea and Mirza Shah were living in Silicon Valley when they pitched Jeff Gee on their robotics concepts. Fortunately for them, the star designer was working at the soon-to-shutter Willow Garage robotics lab.

So the three of them — Shah was also a software engineer at Willow — joined together and in 2014 founded Simbe Robotics.

The startup’s NVIDIA Jetson-powered bot, dubbed Tally, has since rolled into more than a dozen of the world’s largest retailers. The multitasking robot can navigate stores, scan barcodes and track as many as 30,000 items an hour.

Running on Jetson enables Tally to be more efficient — it can process data from several cameras and perform onboard deep computer vision algorithms. This powerful edge AI capability enhances Tally’s data capture and processing, providing Simbe’s customers with inventory and shelf information more quickly and seamlessly while minimizing costs.

Tally makes rounds to scan store inventory up to three times a day, increasing product availability and boosting sales for retailers through reduced out of stocks, according to the company.

“We’re providing critical information on what products are not on the shelf, which products might be misplaced or mispriced and up-to-date location and availability,” said Bogolea, Simbe’s CEO.

Forecasting Magic

Using Tally, retail stores are able to better understand what’s happening on store shelves, helping them recognize missed sale opportunities and the benefits of improved inventory management, said Bogolea.

Tally’s inventory data enables its retail partners to offer better visibility to store employees and customers about what’s on store shelves — even before they enter a store.

At Schnuck Markets, for example, where Tally is deployed in 62 stores across the midwest, the retailer integrates Tally’s product location and availability into the store’s loyalty app. This allows customers and Instacart shoppers to determine a store’s availability of products and find their precise locations while shopping.

This data has been helpful with addressing the surge in online shopping under COVID-19, enabling faster order picking through services like Instacart, helping to more quickly fulfill orders.

“Those that leverage technology and data in retail are really going to separate themselves from the rest of the pack,” said Bogolea.

There’s an added benefit for store employees, too: workers who were previously busy taking inventory can now focus on other tasks like improving customer service.

In addition to Schnucks, the startup has deployments with Carrefour, Decathlon Sporting Goods, Groupe Casino and Giant Eagle.

Cloud-to-Edge AI 

AI is the key technology enabling the Tally robots to navigate autonomously in a dynamic environment, analyze the vast amount of information collected by its sensors and report a wide range of metrics such as inventory levels, pricing errors and misplaced stock.

Simbe is using NVIDIA GPUs from the cloud to the edge, helping to train and inference a variety of AI models that can detect the different products on shelves, read barcodes and price labels and detect obstacles.

Analyzing the vast amount of 2D and 3D sensor data collected from the robot, NVIDIA Jetson has enabled extreme optimization of the Tally data capture system and has also helped with localization, according to the company.

Running Jetson on Tally, Simbe is able to process data locally in real time from lidar as well as 2D and 3D cameras to aid in both product identification and navigation. And Jetson has reduced its reliance on processing in the cloud.

“We’re capturing at a far greater frequency and fidelity than has really ever been seen before,” said Bogolea.

“One of the benefits of leveraging NVIDIA Jetson is it gives us a lot of flexibility to start moving more to the edge, reducing our cloud costs.”

Learn more about NVIDIA Jetson, which is used by enterprise customers, developers and DIY enthusiasts for creating AI applications, as well as students and educators for learning and teaching AI.

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CDW and Intel Partner to Simplify the Complex for Customers

cdw 2x1 1What’s New: As Intel looks to deliver its industry leading technology in 2021, the company is expanding its partnership with CDW to bring new solutions to market that solve customer’s business challenges. Combining Intel’s cutting-edge technology with CDW’s IT orchestration capabilities and services provides end-to-end solutions for customers.

“At Intel we rely on our trusted partners like CDW to bring world-class solutions to life. With technology from Intel and services from CDW, together we can maximize our individual strengths to help the entire ecosystem.”
–Greg Ernst, Intel vice president of the Sales and Marketing Group and general manager of U.S. Sales

Why It Matters: Technology is becoming increasingly complex as artificial intelligence (AI), edge and cloud all come together to transform businesses. It is important for companies to have access to products as well as services to ensure they can modernize their technology environment in easy and cost-effective ways.

Building on over a decade of partnership, Intel and CDW will help ensure technology is delivered to people and organizations transforming their operations. This includes everything from internet of things services available to help retailers screen for COVID-19 to 11th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro® processor-based systems coming in January 2021 to help businesses securely manage their remote workforces.

How Intel and CDW Work Together: As a top technology solutions provider, CDW is a critical piece of the technology ecosystem. Intel works with CDW to provide technology expertise, architectural insights, and sales and marketing capabilities. In return, CDW provides IT orchestration capabilities and services and a leading sales organization that reaches customers around the world. CDW recently recognized Intel as one of its 2020 partners of the year because of these capabilities and the close collaboration.

“Our partnership with Intel enables us to help our customers solve their business challenges,” said Aletha Noonan, senior vice president, product and partner management, CDW. “Intel’s world-class technology, platform-focused approach, and sales and marketing leadership is the foundation of our partnership and why Intel is such a valued partner for CDW.”

More Context: CDW Partner of the Year (Press Release) | Intel & CDW (Product support page) | Creating Learning Connections Initiative (News Byte)

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With Intel Tech, A Singapore Coffee Shop Builds a Robot Barista

At Crown Coffee, a small-yet-homey coffee bar in downtown Singapore, the barista never gets your order wrong. Ella is her name and with uncanny consistency she makes a perfect cup of coffee every time.

Ella is not human, but a fully autonomous robot barista. Named after the wife of Crown Coffee’s CEO and founder Keith Tan, Ella is a six-axis robot that runs on a constellation of Intel parts: an Intel® Movidius™ vision processing unit, the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit, and Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Core™ processors. Intel tech powers everything Ella does: taking orders remotely via an online app, making your cup of coffee, notifying you when it’s ready, serving it, finalizing your bill and charging your credit card.

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The idea behind Ella naturally started over coffee. Two years ago, Tan spotted a group of Intel Singapore employees having lunch in his shop. He greeted the group and pitched what he called at the time a “completely wild idea.” The group, part of Intel’s Sales and Marketing Group, connected Tan with the right Intel teams – and the rest is coffee history.

“I have plenty of gratitude to Intel, as they helped me realize this idea,” Tan said. “They listened to me, understood the problems I was trying to solve and partnered with me to design and develop prototypes.”

intel ella coffee
Ella the fully autonomous robot barista at Crown Coffee in Singapore runs on a constellation of Intel parts: Intel Movidius vision processing unit, the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, and Intel Xeon and Intel Core processors. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Ella solves many of Tan’s challenges. First, the compact unit takes up a fraction of the space required for a traditional coffee bar, which translates into a cheaper retail footprint. Next, Tan is able to guarantee quality and consistency in every cup served. And Ella frees up labor, allowing Tan to reassign his staff to other in-store tasks like greeting customers or cleaning. But perhaps most important during the COVID-19 pandemic, customers are assured of safety as Ella operates in a sealed chamber. No human interacts with the product from the moment it’s made to when it’s served hot.

“I had an Americano, and it was amazing,” said Santhosh Viswanathan, who works for Intel in Singapore. “Ella opens new possibilities to food retailers to enable contactless futuristic service and develop alternate revenue models with the data Ella gathers.”

Tan and his team are planning to scale the solution to 40 other locations across Singapore, then to Japan and the rest of the world. “What we are doing is transformational and will be part of the landscape of smart cities where AI-driven robots become deeply ingrained into our daily lives. Also, this is New Retail, which eases retail labor shortages while providing re-skilling employment opportunities for value-added technology and engineering people,” said Tan, citing location examples like kiosks at busy train stations.

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10nm, Creative Improvements Expand Intel Manufacturing Capacity

In response to incredible customer demand, Intel has doubled its combined 14nm and 10nm manufacturing capacity over the past few years. To do this, the company found innovative ways to deliver more output within existing capacity through yield improvement projects and significant investments in capacity expansion. This video recounts that journey, which even included repurposing existing lab and office space for manufacturing.

“Over the last three years, we have doubled our wafer volume capacity, and that was a significant investment. Moving forward, we’re not stopping… We are continuing to invest into factory capacity to ensure we can keep up with the growing needs of our customers,” says Keyvan Esfarjani, senior vice president and general manager of Manufacturing and Operations at Intel.

The company also ramped its new 10nm process this year. Intel currently manufactures 10nm products in high volumes at its Oregon and Arizona sites in the U.S. and its site in Israel.

In 2020, Intel introduced an expanding lineup of 10nm products including 11th Gen Intel® CoreTM processors and the Intel Atom® P5900, a system-on-chip for wireless base stations. In addition, the company introduced 10nm SuperFin technology, which enables the largest single intranode enhancement in Intel’s history and delivers performance improvements comparable to a full-node transition.

Esfarjani explains: “10nm progress is coming along quite well. We have three high-volume manufacturing operations that are going full steam ahead to see how we can do more, better and faster, and continue to support our customers.”

NOTE: Intel’s capacity expansion program has been a multiyear journey. The factory and office footage in this video was captured prior to Covid-19 safety measures. Intel workers currently working on-site observe appropriate social distancing and mask measures in accordance with internal policies and local requirements.

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Intel’s 2020 Year in Review

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2020 has been a year the world will never forget.

We say that every December as we introduce Intel’s yearbook. And it’s always true. But this year it’s especially appropriate. We’ve grappled in our personal and professional lives with a world turned topsy-turvy by the pandemic. Still, it’s been a year of achievements — large and small — as day after day we conceive and craft world-changing technologies that enrich the lives of every person.

Our lives in 2020 have indeed been dominated by COVID-19. But collectively, more than 110,000 of us at Intel have achieved a great deal this year — in spite of its challenges.

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Hey, Mr. DJ: Super Hi-Fi’s AI Applies Smarts to Sound

Brendon Cassidy, CTO and chief scientist at Super Hi-Fi, uses AI to give everyone the experience of a radio station tailored to their unique tastes. Super Hi-Fi, an AI startup and member of the NVIDIA Inception program, develops technology that produces smooth transitions, intersperses content meaningfully and adjusts volume and crossfade. Started three years ago, Read article >

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Hey, Mr. DJ: Super Hi-Fi’s AI Applies Smarts to Sound

Brendon Cassidy, CTO and chief scientist at Super Hi-Fi, uses AI to give everyone the experience of a radio station tailored to their unique tastes.

Super Hi-Fi, an AI startup and member of the NVIDIA Inception program, develops technology that produces smooth transitions, intersperses content meaningfully and adjusts volume and crossfade. Started three years ago, Super Hi-Fi first partnered with iHeartRadio and is now also used by companies such as Peloton and Sonos.

Results are showing that users like this personalized approach. Cassidy notes that they tested MagicStitch, one of their tools that eliminates the gap between songs, and found that customers listening with MagicStitch turned on spent 10 percent more time streaming music.

Cassidy’s a veteran of the music industry — from Virgin Digital to the Wilshire Media Group — and recognizes this music experience is finally possible due to GPU acceleration, accessible cloud resources and AI powerful enough to process and learn from music and audio content from around the world.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Cassidy, a radio DJ during his undergraduate and graduate careers, notes how difficult it is to “hit the post” — or to stop speaking just as the singing of the next song begins. Super Hi-Fi’s AI technology is using deep learning to understand and achieve that timing.
  • Super Hi-Fi’s technology is integrated into the iHeartRadio app, as well as Sonos Radio stations. Cassidy especially recommends the “Encyclopedia of Brittany” station, which is curated by Alabama Shakes’ musician Brittany Howard and integrates commentary and music.

Tweetables:

“This AI is trying to create a form of art in the listening experience.” — Brendon Cassidy [14:28]

“I hope we’re improving the enjoyment that listeners are getting from all of the musical experiences that we have.” — Brendon Cassidy [28:55]

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