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Taser’s AI acquisitions shows machine-vision of an omniscient future

Taser International has launched a new AI division called Axon, on the back of two acquisitions. With a 20-man R&D team and the technology acquired from machine-vision specialist Dextro, and Fossil’s computer vision team, which Fossil itself picked up when it acquired Misfit, Taser’s Axon AI division is targeting AI-powered public safety customers. Best known for its less-lethal stun gun, Taser has branched out into body-worn cameras – designed to help police forces perform more efficiently, and also help citizens hold their police forces more accountable. With the Dextro and Fossil acquisitions, Taser is looking to add AI-based tech to the video to sell additional services to its body-cam buyers. Axon, a Seattle-based Taser subsidiary, already provides the cloud-based storage…

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