What Is Google Coral And Do You Need It?

What Is Google Coral And Do You Need It?
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Google is releasing a hardware product called Coral. While it looks like a Raspberry Pi clone, Coral is a lot more ambitious. According to Google, it will make artificial intelligence more accessible to the public than ever before. Here’s what you need to know.

What is Coral?

Coral is described by Google as a complete ecosystem of products for developers hoping to create their own AI systems. It provides a range of products offering users the chance to prototype their AI codes and even produce them. It’s been in beta mode for months but Google has finally released a final version to the public.

Previously, AI has been reserved for researchers and developers working in labs so this launch might finally push would-be developers and AI amateurs into eventually producing their ideas for wider audiences.

Google has provided some examples of projects the technology has been used for and which products and codes you’ll need to give it a shot yourself. One example is a Smart Bird Feeder, which using Coral’s AI-enabling products, identifies which birds are visiting the feeder and even deters other non-bird animals like squirrels.

So how can I become the AI superstar I was destined to be?

Making an AI system will still require a lot of coding knowledge so before you jump in thinking you can switch a few words around and build the next Sophia the Robot, think again.

Google is marketing this product to developers already working with AI prototypes that would like to test and produce ideas they might not be able to in their work facilities. If you have some knowledge of coding, however, Google also provides some example codes to get you started.

Is it available in Australia?

What Is Google Coral And Do You Need It?Image: Google

The Coral lineup is not yet available for Australians but Google has said it intends to expand its market here soon. It’s also looking to provide Coral for people living in New Zealand, India, Thailand, Singapore, Oman, Ghana and the Philippines by that same deadline.

This article has been updated since its original publication.

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  • Being Google what is the data collection and tracking like with this product. i.e. is this a way for Google to essentially get free development from the AI community without having to pay them for their labour.

  • I was wondering if AI might be useful with SDR (software defined radio) to determine how a signal is modulated, and decode it.
    AM, FM, SSB for starters – then come CW (Morse code) SSTV, and Weather satellite decoding, WSPR, etc.

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