As per reports, Apple Inc., in late 2018, announced the acquisition of Lighthouse AI’s patent, thus not leaning back in the race to smart security along with the top contenders – Google and Amazon. Lighthouse AI, a failed former AI smart security camera start-up, used 3D sensing & AI technologies for face detection, in its bid to help reduce false alarms. Unfortunately, Lighthouse’s journey abruptly ended in Dec. 2018, lacking commercial success.
Apple in its bid acquired the following patents:
- 9,965,612: Method and system for visual authentication
- 10,009,554: Method and system for using light emission by a depth-sensing camera to capture video images under low-light conditions
- 20180246964: Speech interface for vision-based monitoring system
- 20180367962: Two-way communication interface for vision-based monitoring system
- 20180374325: Method and system for incident sharing in a monitoring system
Apple does not embed its own security in its smart products such as the Apple HomeKit and the Apple Watch. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant still integrates various security products into its smart products lineup and restraints from selling its own true security products.
But with this patent acquisition, things are looking promising from Apple’s side, if this Lighthouse AI patent acquisition does mark Apple’s security products lineup, it will be interesting to see what they have to offer. Apple is already notorious for being an odd man out when it comes to proprietary components and compatibilities.
If they really are planning something on these sidelines, what would that be, would the potential security solution be Z-Wave-friendly, or would Apple create its own IoT protocol? Will it allow users to integrate other security products and sensors, or only stick to the ones sold by Apple?