AI in your shoes? This company aims to accessorize everything you own with artificial intelligence


Artificial intelligence will soon be incorporated into a variety of everyday items, ranging from sneakers to microwaves now that microchips smaller than a dime can hold machine learning programs.

“In the future, your shoes will understand that you have gained five pounds during the Christmas season, and they will adjust the cushion accordingly. The safety helmets of the workers, they will understand when they are tired, and they will remind the workers to take a break,” Yubei Chen, co-founder of artificial intelligence company Aizip, told Fox News. “Your microwaves, we can put AI into it so that you can interact with your natural language.”

Aizip has developed hundreds of small AI system, the co-founders told Fox News. They believe AI chips could soon be in coffee makers, ovens and hearing aids.  (Courtesy: Yan Sun)

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Aizip recently developed a process to create small, specialized AI systems that could be used in products like household appliances, clothing and manufacturing equipment. While large AI models such as ChatGPT demand significant processing power and require massive data centers in order to operate, tiny AI tools capable of collecting, storing and analyzing data can physically fit on whatever item is using the tech.

“We’re bringing intelligence into daily life, making life safer, more intelligent,” Yan Sun, CEO of AI company Aizip, told Fox News. “We believe the small models can really benefit society.”

TINY AI MODELS WILL BRING INTELLIGENCE TO DEVICES AROUND THE HOME AND WORKPLACE: SCIENTISTS

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Small AI devices could allow smart refrigerators that identify the nutritional value of their contents, ovens that set cooking parameters based on food type and face-recognizing coffee machines that tailor orders to each individual, according to Aizip research. One tiny system the company created — housed on a chip smaller than a dime with enough room to hold additional applications — was a human activity tracker that uses AI to gather and analyze motion data.

Tiny machine learning capabilities are crucial for what’s called pervasive AI, the notion that nearly any object could become intelligent, Sun previously told Fox News. 

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An AI chip on the surface of a U.S. quarter coin

Aizip has created AI systems that can be housed in a chip so small it can fit on a quarter. (Courtesy: Yan Sun)

“We put eight different AI models, vision, audio, time series models onto these tiny devices,” Chen said. “We have, overall, developed more than several hundred different models.”

Other AI systems the company could create include those capable of monitoring pipeline data to prevent leaks or integrity issues, identifying human voices among ambient noise and analyzing satellite and ground-based sensor data to track wild animals, Chen previously said. 

The company hopes to create AI systems that can be manufactured for a few cents, Sun told Fox News.

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“We’re continuing to build our models to be more efficient, reduce the human in the loop [and] reduce the cost so that we can really democratize the models,” Sun said.

To watch the full interview with Sun and Chen about tiny AI devices, click here.  



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