Hangzhou based AI startup Rokid is in discussions with several companies to market its Rokid T1 glasses in America, based on Rokid’s U.S. Director Liang Guan.
Rokid is one of a wave of Chinese firms creating technology to address the coronavirus pandemic, which has dealt a blow to the country’s economy.
Per info Guan provided, Rokid’s T1 thermal eyeglasses use an infrared sensor to find. The temperatures up to 200 individuals inside two minutes from up to three meters. The apparatus takes a Qualcomm CPU, 12-megapixel camera, and also offers augmented reality attributes — for hands-free voice controls — to capture live photos and videos.
According to Guan, the Chinese startup (with a San Francisco office) intends B2B earnings of its wearable apparatus in the U.S. to aid businesses, hospitals, and law enforcement with COVID-19 detection.
Rokid is also offering IoT and application options for facial recognition and information management within its T1 packages.
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The business is working on dealing with U.S. hospitals and local municipalities to deliver shipments of the smart glasses, but could not disclose their names due to confidentiality agreements.
One commercial venture which could use the thermal imaging wearables is California based e-commerce firm Weee!
The online grocer is assessing Rokid’s T1 eyeglasses to track temperatures of its warehouse employees throughout the day, Weee!
On processes, to handle those who display COVID-19 related ailments — such as referring them for analyzing –, that’s something for end-users to determine, based on Rokid. “The clients can do the follow-up action, such as giving them a mask or asking to work from home,” Guan said.
The T1 eyeglasses connect via USB and could be set up for IoT capacities for commercial clients to sync to their platforms. The product could catch the attention of U.S. regulators, who’ve become increasingly cautious of Chinese tech firms’ handling of American citizen data. Rokid says it doesn’t collect info from the T1 glasses directly.
“Regarding this module…we don’t require any data to the cloud. For customers, privacy is essential to them. The information measurement is stored locally,” according to Guan.
“You must tip them to people’s foreheads…that you need to be extremely close, it isn’t wearable, and you are not practicing social distancing to use those,” Guang said.
Other Chinese tech startups that have joined the virus-fighting mission include face recognition giant SenseTime — which has installed thermal imaging systems at railway stations across China — and its close rival Megvii, which has set up similar thermal solutions in supermarkets.
On Rokid’s motivations, “At the time, we thought something like this can help the frontline people still functioning,” Guang said.
The startup’s engineering team developed the T1 product in just under two months. In China, Rokid’s smart glasses have been used by national parks staff, in schools, and by federal authorities to screen for COVID-19 symptoms.
Temperature detectors have their limitations; however, as research has shown, more than half of China’s COVID-19 patients did not have a fever when admitted to hospital.
The growth rate of China’s coronavirus cases, which peaked at 83,306 and led to 3,345 deaths, has declined, and parts of the country have reopened from lockdown. There is still debate, however, about the integrity of data coming out of China on COVID-19. That led to a row between the White House and World Health Organization, which ultimately saw President Trump halt U.S. contributions to the global body this week.
As COVID-19 cases and related deaths continue to rise in the U.S., technological innovation will become central to the health response, finding new normal for personal mobility and economic activity. That will undoubtedly bring new facets to the standard tech problems — namely measuring efficacy and balancing benefits with personal privacy.
For its part, Rokid already has new features for its T1 thermal smart glasses in the works. The Chinese startup plans to upgrade the device to take multiple temperature readings simultaneously for up to four people at a time.
“That’s not on the industry yet, but we will release this very soon as an upgrade,” explained Rokid’s U.S. Director Liang Guan.