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Lenovo to use Movidius machine vision technology for virtual reality projects

Ultra-low power machine vision technology company Movidius has inked a partnership with Lenovo to provide vision processing technology to a variety of VR-centric Lenovo products.

Under the terms of the agreement, Lenovo will be sourcing the Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit (VPU) and custom computer vision algorithms for various virtual reality projects. Myriad 2 is an ultra-low power chip designed specifically for handling challenging vision-based tasks such as head tracking, gesture recognition, and blending multiple video streams into interactive VR video.

The Myriad 2 VPU features a configuration of 12 high performance programmable vector cores, with a built-in Image Signal Processor (ISP) and hardware accelerators.”Our technology was built to maximize machine vision performance in a sub-1 Watt power budget,” said Movidius CEO, Remi El-Ouazzane.

The first Lenovo products featuring Myriad 2 are expected in the second half 2016.

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