Google’s platform Coral is adding on-device AI and inferencing capabilities to hardware. To make it more widely available, especially for Internet of Things use cases, Google has partnered with Asus IoT.
Asus IoT is a sub-brand of Asus, and Google to scale manufacturing, distribution, and support for Coral with this agreement.
This will see Asus IoT “become the primary channel for sales, distribution and support” for Coral, with customers getting “dedicated teams for sales and technical support” in the process. This includes an expanded distribution network that will allow products to become available in more countries.
The Coral line of hardware allows AI to run on-device, and therefore offline, without needing to send data to the cloud, which has the upside of being faster and more secure. This can be used for object detection, pose estimation, image segmentation, and key phrase detection. Google uses it for the Series One line (with Lenovo) of video conferencing room kits for “on-the-fly noise removal.”
With this Asus IoT-Coral partnership, Google will “maintain ownership of the brand and product portfolio” and “focus on building the next generation of privacy-preserving features and tools for neural computing at the edge.”