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Amazon's DeepLens AI learning camera is now on sale for $250

The tiny but powerful device makes it easy to develop visual learning models.

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Amazon is now shipping the $250 DeepLens camera it unveiled in November to help developers create AI image recognition apps and models. Though it looks pretty underwhelming, there's a fair amount of power in the smallish body. The camera 4-megapixel camera can shoot 1080p video, and the mini-computer below it packs 8GB of RAM and an Atom processor with 106 gigaflops of performance -- easily enough to run visual AI models offline.

You get the usual array of I/O ports and wireless options necessary for app development, including Micro HDMI, USB 2.0, a 2D microphone array and dual-band WiFi. Amazon said you don't necessarily need machine learning or computer vision experience, and proved it by running a hackathon, with most teams never having done any AI programming before.

DeepLens supports a number of Amazon's AI services, including Greengrass, TensorFlow and SageMaker, its latest machine learning tool (below). It comes with project templates that can distinguish between 20 objects, a face detection module, and another that can recognize around 30 actions like guitar playing (Amazon has a convenient guide here that makes it all look pretty simple.) As mentioned, you can now now order the camera today in the US (it should come elsewhere later) for $250.

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