Thursday, May 07, 2020

NXP Releases Face Recognition Platform for Dishwashers and Other Appliances

NXP EdgeReady MCU-based machine vision solution leverages the i.MX RT106F crossover MCU to quickly and easily add face recognition capabilities to various, sometimes unexpected, devices: washing machines, dryers, ovens, refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, coffee machines, rice cookers, thermostats, HVAC, lighting control, power tools, etc.


  1. While I agree with technical progress, engineering should always be mindful of the problem that needs to be solved, the needs, use cases and of course cost to benefit ratio.

    While this is commendable, do we 'really' need to add machine vision and AI face recognition to some of these products? A rice cooker, coffee machine, dishwasher?

    I suspect that this was created for a genuine specific use case, but they have chosen to widen the set of possible applications to widen sales. A rice cooker does not need face recognition, indeed it may well need to be used by multiple people and should have child safety features anyway.

    When placed into something like a coffee maker, all it will do is increase the cost of the unit and as the data would need to be used for some purpose to warrant its inclusion would increase product development time. Given that Mocca Pots, cafetieres or coffee brew machines are cheap, simple and can produce exceptional coffee, the inclusion of this functionality can only be safety or a marketing gimic.

    1. If you look at the first image, the motivation gets clear. If daddy puts the laundry in the washer, the machine will block the start button until mummys face gets recognized and the machine knows that she has doublechecked if the hankerchiefs really got removed from the pockets to prevent a mess ;-)

  2. So now we know that The Terminator was derived from a washing machine. If you listen carefully, you can hear the iconic line in the first movie is actually, "Nice night for a wash.", not for a walk. It's just hard to make it out through the strong Austrian accent.


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