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R&D in AI for Commercial Products

April 20, 2021 |

The evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning is adding a new dimension to user value and experience, which has prompted Panasonic R&D Center Singapore to ride the wave and develop applications that will have a positive impact on the lives of our consumers.

In the course of harvesting the maximum potential of deep learning, the applications ranging from self-driving cars, AI-powered home appliances, surveillance cameras and many others have become more human-centric and intelligent.

As one of the global R&D fronts in deep learning research and AI deployment into commercial products, Panasonic R&D Center Singapore sets the standard for building powerful light-weight AI. We believe AI deployment should not be limited to high-power GPUs alone. Our researchers have been relentlessly working on expanding AI into different types of commercial products. For example, with our research and development efforts, even the low-power embedded devices varying from Edge devices, iPRO-AI cameras, dedicated home-appliance embedded devices, raspberry-pi, and so on, can be fully optimized in terms of product performance.  

To date, Panasonic R&D Center Singapore has had a wealth of experience and achievements in advanced AI technologies across a wide spectrum of commercial applications. A few of our finest examples include facial recognition, scene recognition for Auto-AI mode in Panasonic’s OLED TVs (the flagship models of JZ-2000, JZ-1500, JZ-1000, JZ-980) and LED TVs (JX-950, JX-940, JX-900, JX-850), event recognition for “Omakase album” in DIGA (DMR-4T401 / 4CT401 / DMR-4T301 / 4CT301 / DMR-4T201 / 4CT201).


[OLED TV JZ-2000]


[OLED TV JZ-1500, JZ-1000, JZ-940]


[LED TV JX-950]


[LED TV JX-900, JX-850]




Technology: Scene Recognition

Target Products: OLED and LED TVs (VIERA)

(Image credit: Panasonic)

Ref: https://www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/televisions/4K-OLED-TV/tx-65jz2000b.html

Ref: https://news.panasonic.com/jp/press/data/2021/03/jn210326-4/jn210326-4.html

Technology: Event Recognition

Target Products: Blue-Ray Recorder (DIGA)

(Image credit: Panasonic)

Ref: https://panasonic.jp/diga/products/4t401_4t301_4t201.html

Ref: https://panasonic.jp/diga/products/4t401_4t301_4t201/cloud.html

(Image credit: Panasonic R&D Center Singapore)

In a nutshell, Panasonic R&D Center Singapore’s facial recognition technology capitalizes on powerful AI engines that have not only been internationally recognized for its top performance but also have been built into commercial products. 

Taking Panasonic’s flagship OLED TV (JZ-2000) as an example, it is embedded with the lightest AI engine, to which Panasonic R&D Center Singapore contributes our lightweight AI.  Such technology is capable of automatically adjusting the video and audio quality in real time based on the content being played. 

Furthermore, the AI-powered DIGA leverages Panasonic R&D Center Singapore’s lightweight AI, culminating in automatically clustering the images based on the events. 

In the interim, during COVID-19, Panasonic R&D Center Singapore’s Auto-Switching technology plays an even more important role in broadcasting sports matches to home audiences when in-person attendance is not allowed.

Additionally, the iPRO-AI camera exploits the benefits of lightweight AI to seamlessly run several applications such as Social-Distancing Violation, Occupancy Estimation, Object Detection, Human Detection, Face Detection, People Counting & Tracking, Loitering Detection and many more.

(Image credit: Panasonic R&D Center Singapore)

As our past builds our present and future, we are setting our sights on continuously harvesting the full potential of AI to translate technology into solutions that create new user value and better enhance user experience

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