The alwaysAI Blog

What Computer Vision App Will Have the Greatest Impact on Industry 4.0

Curious what the leading minds in AI and Computer Vision think will make the most significant difference in the future of industry? Follow along as alwaysAI’s staff share their favorite Computer Vision (CV) applications for Industry 4.0.

Local Motors Selects alwaysAI® as its Computer Vision Partner

alwaysAI®, has partnered with Local Motors, to bring advanced Computer Vision applications to Olli 2.0, Local Motors' autonomous electric vehicle.

alwaysAI® CTO, Steve Griset, Nominated for 2021 Top Tech Awards

Steve Griset, alwaysAI® Co-Founder and CTO, was nominated for the San Diego 2021 Top Tech Awards. Continue reading to learn about the awards and his nomination.

The Business of Computer Vision: Industry 4.0

Follow along as alwaysAI Co-Founder and CEO, Marty Beard, discusses how Computer Vision improves productivity and safety of industrial manufacturing. 

alwaysAI® partners with POS Upgrades, Inc. a payment solutions leader

alwaysAI®, has partnered with POS Upgrades, Inc., to bring high-performance visual recognition systems to POSU’s point-of-sale customers.

Retail Analytics: 5 Applications of Computer Vision

Computer vision is revolutionizing foot traffic retail analytics. See how CV affects data on dwell time, time-in-store, hot spots, and more.

5 Ways to Use Customer Analytics to Improve Customer Experience

Computer vision AI is revolutionizing customer analytics. Learn how CV provides retailers with real-time data on foot traffic, brand preferences, and more.

Cloud Model Training webinar: Train in the Cloud, Run on the Edge

Platform customers can now use our cloud model training server to train a model and deploy it onto Edge devices with the alwaysAI platform!

How Computer Vision Could Mean Pure Profit For Micromobility

Follow along and learn why Computer Vision AI is being widely adopted by stakeholders in Micromobility.

The Business of Computer Vision: Transportation

Follow along as alwaysAI CEO, Marty Beard, discusses how Computer Vision is driving us towards the future of transportation.

The Impact of Computer Vision in Future Smart Cities

Discover how Computer Vision and AI will drive the future of transportation into the smart cities of the future and how alwaysAI is at the forefront of this transformation.

The Business of Computer Vision: CV Drives ROI

Follow along as alwaysAI CEO, Marty Beard, discusses how Computer Vision enables enterprises to achieve higher ROI through lower development costs and higher top-line revenue.

The Business of Computer Vision for Customer Analytics

Follow along as alwaysAI CEO, Marty Beard, describes how Computer Vision is enabling enterprises across all industries to gain real-time customer analytics through deep learning computer vision applications.

First alwaysAI Quarterly Update of 2021

We're excited to provide our first update of 2021! First, our mission has not changed: we work every day to make Computer Vision (CV) easy and affordable for all developers. It has been an amazing journey to watch devs use our platform to build and deploy a wide variety of CV apps onto an equally diverse set of IoT devices - new value is created every day on the alwaysAI platform.

A Note From Our Co-Founder & CEO, Marty Beard

Raising money and growing a startup during a global pandemic has certainly been a challenging and novel experience. But making real progress during this unprecedented time is somehow more rewarding – there was no playbook, no ‘best practice’ to follow for 2020.

Hacky Hour 20: Hacky Hour Trivia

Hacky Hour TriviaThis special holiday hacky hour is a chance for you to test your knowledge about alwaysAI and computer vision! If you missed it, no worries, you can test your knowledge with the Hacky Hour quiz below. The answers are located at the bottom of the blog. For explanations, watch the Hacky Hour Trivia video below. 1. Where is the origin for the Numpy axis 0,0?A. top left corner B. right bottom cornerC. MiddleD. Bottom left corner2. What tool does alwaysAI’s Model Training Toolkit...

Hacky Hour 18, 19, & 21: Identify a Package at the DoorStep

What is the Model Training Toolkit?

alwaysAI Model Training Toolkit: Now Available on the Desktop

We are proud to introduce an all new desktop version of the alwaysAI Model Training Toolkit. The new robust interface and simple workflow of the desktop app will allow alwaysAI users of all levels to train their own Computer Vision models. The model training desktop application is the first of a suite of applications that will support your Computer Vision model operations, from data-collection and organization to model deployment and maintenance. The model training module is the backbone of...

Anatomy of a Successful Computer Vision Project

Work with Semantic Segmentation from within the Terminal

This blog post is a follow-up to the Hacky Hour presented on 12/3/2020, Build a Virtual Green Screen with Semantic Segmentation.

Getting Started with alwaysAI Model Training

More often than not, the most difficult part of a task is simply getting started. alwaysAI’s Model Training tool is now integrated with a Jupyter Notebook interface, which not only makes kicking off your Computer Vision project a breeze, but also keeps things simple from end-to-end. The alwaysAI Model Training toolkit - Jupyter Lab interface allows you to upload your dataset, dial in your training configuration, and start training, all in just a few clicks.

Solving Logistic Problems with Computer Vision: a Case Study

How an alwaysAI user is using computer vision with IoT to solve logistics problems.

As always, we are proud of our users and what they are accomplishing by using alwaysAI to integrate Computer Vision into their projects. This week we would like to highlight our user Abhijeet Bhatikar who is using alwaysAI as part of his project for the OpenCV Spatial AI Competition. Read on to find out more about how he is combining alwaysAI, computer vision and depth cameras to help solve logistics...

alwaysAI Model Training Toolkit Tutorial

At alwaysAI, we want you to create unique and powerful models that help accomplish your computer vision goals. With the Model Training Toolkit you can create a custom object detection model with little experience and no coding. This video outlines the end-to-end process of doing exactly that - and in a way that is easy to follow. It is meant to be interactive, so you can pause it after each step to take action and then come back. 

alwaysAI Announces Model Training Feature

Here at alwaysAI, we love to engage with our community of over 10K developers. We have been listening closely to the feedback and are proud to announce the launch of the most requested feature: Model Training.

Computer Vision for Sports: A Conversation with an alwaysAI User

We recently caught up with one of our talented users, Leonardo Cohen. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Editek. Editek is a consulting company that does IT & Technology projects and Information and Knowledge Management for corporate and sports events. Editek was founded in Portugal in 1993 and moved its operations to the United States in 2003. Editek has an extensive portfolio of projects delivered in more than 10 countries across the creative, corporate, and sports markets.


Develop Computer Vision Applications for the Edge effortlessly

Recent trends in computation and automation highlight a massive and sustained growth for computer vision based applications on the edge. Market research also points to tremendous interest in these applications amongst entrepreneurs and developers alike. However, developing commercial-grade Computer Vision applications for the edge is hard (link to the new article here). There are two primary reasons for this.

Computer Vision on the Edge

Overcoming Challenges in Bringing CV Applications to Production

Developing a Computer Vision (CV) application and bringing it to production requires  integrating several pieces of hardware and software.

How can we ensure the pieces work seamlessly together? With the right methodologies, we can expedite development and deployment of Computer Vision applications. It is essential to find a platform with the goal of helping developers create computer vision applications from scratch quickly and...

How to Build a License Plate Reader with alwaysAI

In this tutorial, we will cover how to create an app that will read license plates using the license plate detection model from alwasyAI and the optical recognition software EasyOCR

Know two of the alwaysAI Discord Bot Creators

At alwaysAI, we love to engage with our growing developer community and highlight their cool projects. Most recently, two of our users created an alwaysAI Discord bot. This bot, developed by Nathan Wise and Valentine W. allows you to do two main things right from our Discord community:

Take Your Computer Vision App to the Edge with alwaysAI

alwaysAI makes building and deploying Computer Vision Apps Easy

At alwaysAI we have the singular mission of making the process of building and deploying computer vision apps to edge devices as easy as possible. That includes training your model, building your app, and deploying your app to edge devices such as the Raspberry Pi, Jetson Nano, and many others. alwaysAI apps are built in Python and can run natively on Mac and Windows, and in our containerized edge runtime environment optimized...

Introducing the alwaysAI Discord Bot

We're happy to announce the addition of the alwaysAI discord bot developed by Nathan W. and Valentine W. , and implemented by Chris Chu. This bot allows you to do 2 main things right from our Discord community:

Robotics, Machine Learning & Computer Vision - Guest Post

We recently connected with an awesome blogger in the computer vision space. We wanted to highlight his blog to our community as he publishes several relevant and interesting articles about Computer Vision and Robotics. It is called the Serious Computer Vision Blog, and is definitely worthwhile checking out.  

How to Build a License Plate Tracker with alwaysAI

In this tutorial, we’ll cover how to create your own license plate tracker using the new license plate detection model, which was created using alwaysAI’s model training tool.

How to Build Your Own License Plate Detection Model

In this tutorial, we’ll walk through the steps and decision points involved in the creation of the ‘alwaysai/vehicle_license_mobilenet_ssd’ model, an object detection model for identifying vehicles and license plates. 

alwaysAI Announces Exciting New Features

If you haven’t already started thinking about building computer vision into your products, now is the time.

Build Your Own Posture Corrector App with Pose Estimation

Many of us spend most of our days hunched over a desk, leaning forward looking at a computer screen, or slumped down in our chair. If you’re like me, you’re only reminded of your bad posture when your neck or shoulders hurt hours later, or you have a splitting migraine. Wouldn’t it be great if someone could remind you to sit up straight? The good news is, you can remind yourself! In this tutorial, we’ll build a posture app using a pose estimation model available from alwaysAI.

Speed Up Development with a JSON Configuration File

Separating certain variables from the main application into a configuration file can improve your development time by reducing the need to recompile apps for minor changes. In this tutorial, we’ll cover how to setup a very basic method for leveraging a JSON file for runtime configuration options.

Using Pose Estimation on the Jetson Nano with alwaysAI

Many models, including those for pose estimation, may have much better performance when run on a GPU rather than a CPU. In this tutorial, we’ll cover how to run pose estimation on the Jetson Nano B01 and cover some nuances of running starter apps on this edge device.

Building and Deploying Apps on alwaysAI

Building and running your app on alwaysAI can be done a few different ways, depending on the platform you want to develop on and the device you want to deploy on. We’ve concentrated these options in one place for your convenience and we’ll update this document as the platform evolves!