NEC’s Advancements in Facial Recognition

Facial RecognitionLast week we installed one of the coolest demos I have had in the EBC since PaPeRo.  It’s a facial recognition software that can detect your age, race and gender. This demographic information could be used, in a digital signage environment, to present you with targeted advertising based on your demographics.

For the most part the prototype has been pretty accurate. Every once and a while it thinks I’m the age of my parents (must be the reflection from my bald head).  As long as I don’t start to get an ad that tells me I should take advantage of the new SENIOR DISCOUNTS, I’m OK with it.

NEC has been a leader in the biometrics space for over 40 years and recently won a content sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security for the greatest accuracy with facial recognition.  Their False Rejection Rate was 2.1% and False Acceptance Rate was .1%.  I’m still deciding if I should be afraid or excited.

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Apple Not the Only Company to be Releasing a Tablet

This story comes via the Best Mobile Contracts blog site…it’s a good one!

altBefore you can even say Google Chrome, NEC has already announced that it will be releasing a Google Tablet in Japan.

Yes, just a few days after the Apple iPad has been confirmed, it appears that Google is right there matching their main mobile gadget competitor in every step of the way. With the HTC Google Nexus One already stealing most of the spotlight, it was a nice change of pace to see some non-Google news when Apple announced that they will finally be unleashing their much anticipated tablet. But just when the diversion was sinking in, NEC comes out with their tablet gizmo.

NEC Biglobe’s “Cloud Device” is a pretty little gadget that gives you a 7 inch LCD touch screen, on a device that is 7.8 x 4.7 x .5 in. large, weighs .8lbs and supports WiFi.

There is a lot of promise in the device and it is estimated that the NEC device will be using the Android OS (not Chrome) and will have a price tag of somewhere around $275 US.

Since the main purpose of the tablets is for casual browsing, it is expected that the hardware on this gadget will be somewhat close to the specs of the iPad , if not a little lower. The device is confirmed to support 3G/WiMax in Japan and will be compatible with microSD cards for expandable memory. According to the image screenshots the name of the product is WebStation and it will serve as can serve as a desktop clock or calendar when not in use.

Lock the Door and “Don’t Come Out Until You Have Something”

What do you get when you put two really smart people in a room together and tell them to “do something really cool?”  Hopefully a new supercomputer…or at least a new gaming console.

NEC has had a great presence in the supercomputing world for some time now.  They have won multiple speed and performance contests over the years.

Intel…well, do I really need to say anything more?

NEC and Intel have decided to lock themselves in a room and develop new supercomputer technologies that, I’m sure, will blow our minds.  Fancy terms like “vector pipeline management, memory sub-systems and high speed interconnect technology” have been thrown around as being the keys to a successful project.

We just need to make sure we don’t let them create a real life Terminator.  The last thing we need is Arnold taking over the world.

Press Release

It has the brains of a doctor

Young Frankenstein

I guess we were inspired by Dr. Frankenstein?

e-Pathologist is the latest NEC product that makes you say “I didn’t know you guys did that?” This system, which is being tested at Massachusetts General Hospital, can examine and determine if a tissue sample is cancerous. This will reduce the workload of pathology departments and in return increase the response time for a diagnosis.

If you want all the fact and figures check out the Press Release.

Thin Clients Are Like Bell Bottoms…

alt…they’re coming back.
Remember the good old days of working with green text that connected back to the “mainframe”?  No hard drives, no internet, no Twiiter.  Then Bill Gates created an OS that would change computing for the next couple of decades with the adoption of the desktop.  Now we’ve gone 360 back to the thin client days.  Although not near the adoption rate of desktops, thin clients are not only growing in popularity (due to their TCO and “green” benefits) but growing in capability.

Quick 101 on thin clients:

That old “mainframe” was what was doing your primary processing for whatever program you were working with.  It was centralized and easy to get to.  The “dumb terminal” was simply an interface from your screen to the mainframe.  More than likely it had no fan, hard drive, little memory and certainly no Blu-ray DVD player.  The downside was you always had to be on the network for it to work.  Remember, it had to have a constant connection to the mainframe.

One of the big reasons for the desktop’s success was it could be ran locally.  No need for a network connection if I want to run a program.  This theory still holds true today.

Thin clients started to make a comeback 8 or so years ago with Microsoft Terminal Services and Citrix.  These setups still had the green and TCO benefits, but the user experience was not that of the desktop experience.  End-users were frustrated that the programs they could run on their desktop wouldn’t work on a thin client.  Microsoft Office would work great, as long as you stayed away from graphics, movies and sounds.  The experience was not a substitute for the desktop hence the lack of tremendous adoption………..until now!

Today’s thin clients are getting closer and closer to being comparable to the desktop experience.  You can watch movies locally or on YouTube.  You can stream audio from Slacker radio.  You can use USB drives.  And you can use VoIP via a softphone application.  Today’s thin client is becoming a more attractive option to IT departments looking to provide basic IT services with little management costs.  You still need that constant connection to the server farm, but your connection options are greater.  For example, LAN, WAN, WiFi or even 3G.

Check out the latest press release on NEC’s thin client product.  And make sure to check out the product itself.  We have a couple of demo units here in the EBC and we have been doing some amazing this with it.

Michael Ballard is the Director of Strategic Marketing for NEC Corporation of America.  You can follow him on Twitter @mballard5574 and @NECEBC.