First Look at the AI Camera Systems at CES

– [Katherine] Tech companies have been

easing us into gadgets and services

that make use of virtual eyes
and ears for a while now.

Things that might have
made us uncomfortable

even a few years ago, are
part of everyday life.

Alexa listens for a request
to turn on the lights

and the music, ring and nest watch us

and every stranger that
comes near our door.

In places like San Francisco,

being followed around by
camera in cashier-less store

isn’t really creepy anymore,

it’s just what you do when you’re hungry,

like I am right now.

I think about privacy more
than the average person

and I still regularly grab snacks

at my local Amazon Go store.

Here in Las Vegas at CES,

the years biggest tech show, we got a peak

at where this technology is headed

in the not-so-distant future.

Company’s are showcasing
tech that combines cameras,

sensors and artificial intelligence

in ways they say will make
our lives easier and safer,

in exchange for ever more monitoring.

Often you won’t even know
the technology is there,

like in the case of the
hotel I’m in right now,

it’s hiding out in these planters.

Which raises some
interesting questions about,

you know, consent.

Meet PAT Scan, a technology
that uses microwave radar,

chemical sensing and object detection

to spot guns, knives
and even drugs in a bag

or on a person, say in a
parking lot of a school.

It’s AI cameras can be paired
with a smart locking system

that can automatically secure a building

if there’s a weapon detected outside.

And it could all happen covertly,

while you’re going to see a show

or picking your kids up from school

or rooting for your
favorite baseball team.

The system is already set to be installed

at the home field of the Cincinnati Reds.

PAT scan doesn’t have
facial recognition built in

but it can be added if a client
specifically asks for it.

Clients can also decide whether or not

to let people know they’re being scanned.

The company says it doesn’t
collect or store data

associated with specific individuals.

Another similar technology
platform is Eyeris,

which combines various sensors

to figure out what’s going on in a car.

Cameras can detect objects, eye movements

and even some emotional
facial expressions.

Radar can confirm the presence of a person

plus track your heart
rate and respiration.

Thermal sensors pick up body
and surface temperatures.

How might this be useful?

Well for one thing,
object detection may mean

one day getting an alert
from your driverless cab

that you’re about to
leave your bag behind.

For drivers, body analytics can be used

for the perfect steering-wheel adjustment.

Size-appropriate air bags can be deployed.

If a child is screaming in the back seat,

calming music might be queued up.

Are you eating or texting or not keeping

your eyes on the road enough?

What’s your threshold for road rage?

The system is designed to
figure out if you’re stressed.

It can also take queues
from your facial expressions

and body language to guess
when your mind is wondering.

The same data collection that

enables auto-pilot features

that could be a god send one day,

could turn into a nightmare the next.

How much do we want our cars
to really know about us?

Could that information land in the hands

of insurance company’s or an attorney

arguing a lawsuit against
us over an accident.

The answer to all of
this is absolutely, yes.

The company says the benefits far outweigh

any privacy concerns.

It fully expects this data to be used

to help shed light on what
happened before an accident

and for drivers to share it
with their insurance companies.

The earliest Eyeris will be on the road

is in Karma’s Revero in 2021.

These are fresh capabilities

that could very well be life
changing, even life saving.

One day we may welcome all these benefits,

but in the meantime,

we’ll continue to think
about the trade offs.

(light music)

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