NVIDIA is one of the industry’s leaders for designing graphics processing units and well known for their involvement in gaming, professional visualization, data centres, auto, and more recently, artificial intelligence.
On Monday (Oct 5th), Nvidia held their GPU Technology Conference 2020, presenting some of their key technological advancements, product releases, and novel partnerships. Most notably, Nvidia announced their new videoconferencing platform Maxine which aims to enhance the experience of online video conferences.
A common issue faced by many is the diminished video quality. The Maxine platform tackles this issue through the application of their AI technology. A statement from their newsroom,
“The NVIDIA Maxine platform dramatically reduces how much bandwidth is required for video calls. Instead of streaming the entire screen of pixels, the AI software analyzes the key facial points of each person on a call and then intelligently re-animates the face in the video on the other side. This makes it possible to stream video with far less data flowing back and forth across the internet.” What this means for users is a smoother conferencing experience, while using a fraction of the data requirements.
Other advanced features include face alignment, animated avatars, and virtual assistants that can take notes, make real time translations, and generate closed captioning.
Currently, Maxine platform is only available for early access to computer vision AI developers and software partners.