Computer Vision gets you an ‘Eye’ back home


You are at your office and you get a notification! Its 5pm and your ‘smart ‘ refrigerator says:

You have only 1 apples remaining ,Can i place an order for 10 more to be delivered home by 7pm?“.

This is nothing far from what future Liebherr refrigerators and freezers are working to achieve with Microsoft Computer Vision API.

Google, IBM  and other  computer vision API’s are evolving and are not any different.

Clarifai , one of the leading market players brought a singular focus on image recognition technology, using an advanced technique called deep learning to identify almost any subject in pictures and videos.They have python , java ,javascript and ios client integration. You can train your own model feeding data from images and concepts. Clarifai gives users the power of visual search allowing third parties moderate out offensive content and protects marketplace against counterfeit goods.

Another visual cognition technology provider, CloudSight provides free access to CloudSight API to educational institutions around the world also providing researchers the power to build datasets avoiding manual annotation efforts.CloudSight is distinctive for its fine-grained natural language object captions, which display an unparalleled level of detail.

Google Cloud Vision API enables developers to understand the content of an image by encapsulating powerful machine learning models in an easy to use REST API“. Vision API’s can also analyze emotional facial attributes of people in images like sorrow etc.Optical character Recognition along with Google Cloud Translation API allows easy content translation on Google cloud storage.

Custom image classification VIZE.IT allows custom API creation with user created custom data set. Category definition and sample feed are only the two steps to get started with your custom dataset and easy app integration.” can learn whatever you need to recognize – whether you are analyzing product images, webcam photos or histo­logical sections. All you have to do is to give us a few examples and we do the rest.


Smart Bulb! The best ones that come to your mind.

What is it that you are looking for?A cost effective solution that can be part of your IoT ecosystem? A lighting system that adds ambiance to special moments or just a smart solution to make your life easy? What security does it have?



Technology:  Zigbee, WiFi

Cost              :  $169.99 for starter kit(3 pack)

Philips’s color changing bulbs bring in enhanced user experience with granting owner with location based bulb settings, support for a wide range of IFTTT recipes and recurring “calenderized” scheduling.The HUE Bridge connects to the router port while the bulbs connect to the bridge hub via the Zigbee mesh network. This smart bulb easily be part of anything- Samsung SmartThings, Amazon echo , Wink and many



Technology:  Zigbee, WiFi

Cost               : $ 70 for starter Pack

The WeMo LED Starter Set contains two White only LED bulbs which connect to the WiFi enabled WeMo LINK .You can control up to 50 bulbs with the bridge, and additional bulbs go for $29.99 each. Using the light bulbs ranges from simply toggling them on/off and dimming them with the manual app interface to setting up in-app rules to configuring IFTTT recipes for more complex interactions with the lighting system.You can program a routine or schedule for the bulbs, the schedule is stored in the Link and it will execute at the right time.Unlike the Philips HUE, you can control it outside your house too.



Technology: Zigbee, WiFi

Cost              :  $60 for starter kit

Osram is another Zigbee connected Wifi Hub based solution. Lightify gateway simply connects to the Wifi not the ethernet , allowing the gateway to be placed anywhere within the range of the router.Osram has a range of Lightify smart lighting including lamps, light strips and outdoor garden lights with 16 million colors to choose from, a color picker, presets and that ‘presence simulation’ home safety feature.You can use it with Wink, SmartThings, Echo, Belkin WeMo and nest integration is on the way.

4. C by GE


Technology: Bluetooth

Cost             : $50 for starter pack

C by GE will interest you as the first starter kit with four bulbs.They connect to bluetooth smartphone with bluetooth 4.0 limiting control only when you are home.It supports brightness control and adjusting color temperature.It does not need a hub but cannot be easily integrated to other smart solutions. You cannot control it from outside the house and does not support scheduling.The C by GE Starter Pack is an affordable and pleasant way to set up connected lighting and one of the best starter options apart from TikTeck Smart LED Light Bulb.