Huawei Makes AI More Accessible with ML Kit
With advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) baring infinite opportunities, Huawei is combining all that is known of real-life with new virtual possibilities to provide more consumers and developers access to a new world.
Huawei believes this ever-advancing tech should not just be limited to those who can afford the investment. With the Machine Learning Kit (ML Kit), they are aiming to do just that – bridging the gap between developers seeking AI innovation and the technology that enables them to easily do so.
Driving innovation within the AI industry, ML Kit has the potential to build apps beyond the human mind, incorporating diverse AI capabilities. The kit provides both on-device and on-cloud APIs, and only requires integration with HMS Core ML Software Development Kit (SDK), removing the need to set up an ML framework altogether.
When Huawei first began to build its own ecosystem in late 2019, its development team was driven to create AI technology that offered competitive solutions to the developers’ needs. Within just three months, they had built a newly constructed AI foundation to begin developing more advanced technology. From January to June 2020, they started to consider differentiated competitiveness, and they saw more and more developers begin to integrate with this new Kit. It became especially popular amongst developers looking to apply image segmentation to their apps – a technology not readily available amongst the industry.
Then Huawei took things even further. They started to pay more attention to see how they could use the Kit to help others and found that AI could be used to support disabled individuals. Using external audio, ML Kit can generate subtitles through voice recognition for those with hearing impairment, as well as co-operate with partners to recognize sign language. For those with visual impairment, Huawei sped up their audio information playback up five times to meet their information acquisition requirement, with the insight that they are more sensitive on hearing.
Development has been prioritized for these features to drive accessible AI within the industry, meaning fairer access for all. Gone are the days of high-end devices releasing limited access to world-class technologies – ML Kit ensures everyone has the chance to experience a new, digital world.
Huawei believes that science and technology should be used in collaboration to encourage connectivity and communication across the globe. AI will continue to inspire digital production for an intelligent world, so the vision is to create more digital products to improve production efficiency within that. An example of this in action would be using Digital Human, driven by AI, to develop MOOC courseware to integrate virtual and physical data into a digital world. This creates an endless realm of possibilities to be explored, with this potential in mind, Huawei will continue to ensure the technology is as inclusive as it is intelligent.
Just a few years ago, access to AI was limited due to the expensive costs often associated with it, but the vision continues to be to remove that perception and provide simplified access to all. To us, accessible technology means that developers can use the tools on offer easily and quickly. Enabling apps or services to become smarter on collaboration lowers the AI threshold and removes barriers to the technology.
The popularity of ML Kit speaks for itself with over 200 partners outside China using it to leverage the AI technologies available. From facial, text and card recognition to the more advanced automatic speech recognition (ASR) and text to speech (TTS), apps are being updated across the globe to become more intelligent and more accessible. An example of this technology in use is seen in the PTT Blue Card app, Thailand’s most popular membership card service, which has integrated with the ML Kit to access quick QR code scanning and text recognition to improve user experience.
So, what’s next? As the development team continues to encourage its partners to take advantage of the technology available to them, the boundaries between AI and real-life will continue to expand. Huawei believes that device-side AI will become more mainstream in place of cloud-side AI. With this in mind, they will contribute by continuing to bring its capabilities to various models to drive society forwards.
In a world where digital technology is helping deliver a more advanced and intelligent world, our ML Kit, available on integration with Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) Core, creates new access to ML and AI alike, ensuring technology is not only more advanced but more accessible to all.
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