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Assistive tech can detect when Santa has visited

Kepler Vision, an artificial intelligence (AI) assistive tech company, has created an algorithm to detect when Santa has visited your house this Christmas.

Originally built as a tool to monitor the well-being of older people at night, Kepler Vision’s “Night Nurse” human activity recognition software has now been programmed to identify when Father Christmas is emerging from the fireplace, helping users to pinpoint the exact moment that Saint Nicholas has visited.

The assistive tech follows the movements of patients in care homes, immediately alerting staff to falls or when a patient is struggling to get out of bed.

Dr. Harro Stokman, CEO of Kepler Vision said: “This year we wanted to do something that would highlight just how versatile computer vision and human activity recognition technology can be in addition to putting a smile on people’s faces at the end of what has been an extremely tough year for most people.

“While our focus is obviously on continuing to refine and perfect our core product so that it can better take care of elderly patients in care, the potential future applications for safety and healthcare that computer vision presents are as diverse as they are revolutionary.”

Kepler Vision’s annotation process means that its software is already excellent at recognizing human beings indoors in unusual positions, such as bending or lying down. It can identify whether someone is dressed or undressed, and whether they are wearing a hat, have a beard or are elderly.

Kepler added the ability to recognise fireplaces to its solution by adding a set of images that included manually outlined fireplaces to its series of training images, allowing its AI to identify fireplaces in new images. Together, these parameters are enough to spot Santa by the fireplace.

Kepler’s Night Nurse solution is compatible with any professional optical censoring system, and can recognise different body postures and objects from any live video feed.

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