BlinkAI Teams with Xiaomi to Bring World’s First “Night Video” feature to the Mi 11

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Xiaomi’s Flagship Smartphone is the First to Use AI-Powered Imaging Solution to Enable Camera Phones to See Better in Low Light Scenarios

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We’re thrilled to partner with Xiaomi to bring its customers low-light enhancement for HD video in real-time. This is the first time this AI technology has been available on a smartphone, and it’s fundamentally different from other ‘night photo’ features consumers have used to date.

BlinkAI Technologies, a leading provider of AI-powered imaging enhancement solutions, today announced that it has partnered with Xiaomi to bring low-light video enhancement to the Mi 11, a next-generation smartphone on its flagship Mi line. BlinkAI’s deep learning software elevates the low-light performance of Mi 11’s native camera hardware and drives Mi 11’s new “Night Video” mode, which brings unprecedented detail and vibrancy to smartphone nighttime videos.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Xiaomi to bring its customers low-light enhancement for HD video in real-time,” said Dr. Bo Zhu, co-founder and CTO of BlinkAI. “This is the first time this AI technology has been available on a smartphone, and it’s fundamentally different from other ‘night photo’ features consumers have used to date. While current nighttime photo taking solutions rely on capturing light over a long period and merging many frames to produce an enhanced photo, a different approach is needed for video's real-time streaming. For video, each rapidly captured frame needs to be enhanced, and on top of that, the enhancement has to happen nearly instantly. Our unique machine learning solution can work with these very noisy, low-quality video frames, and improve it in milliseconds."

BlinkAI’s patented AI-powered imaging enhancement software platform is built on a neural network framework that mimics critical aspects of how the human visual system works. Based on its groundbreaking deep learning imaging research, BlinkAI’s team has replicated the cognitive process of perceptual learning, bringing the efficiency of biological visual processing to digital cameras, and can optimally fine-tune this process for any camera sensor. In deploying this system on the Mi 11 smartphone, BlinkAI took advantage of Qualcomm’s Neural Processing Unit (NPU) on the Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform hardware, which enabled BlinkAI’s algorithms to achieve exceptional inference speed and imaging performance at ultra-low-power.

“After several years of developing this technology, we’re excited to team with Xiaomi to get it into people’s hands,” said Selina Shen, co-founder and CEO of BlinkAI. “Consumer demand for producing professional-looking videos on their smartphones is skyrocketing worldwide, and the arrival of improved neural network processing on next-generation Android devices allows us to meet this demand with our AI-powered imaging enhancement solution. Providing best-in-class video capabilities will be a way for smartphone OEMs to separate themselves from a crowded camera-equipped phone market in 2021, and we’re excited to support Xiaomi with the company’s launch of the Mi 11.”

In addition to delivering visually pleasing video and photos for consumers, BlinkAI’s enhanced imaging capabilities enable camera-embedded systems across many industries to achieve more robust computer vision in challenging visual environments. These capabilities are critical in scenarios where maximizing visual information is needed for performing high-stakes downstream perception tasks such as object detection and image segmentation in the automotive, robotics, and security industries.

About Blink AI Technologies

BlinkAI Technologies is a leading provider of AI-powered imaging enhancement solutions for camera systems used across the mobile, automotive, and security industries. The company’s patented imaging enhancement solutions are built on an artificial neural network that mimics how the human visual system works to dramatically improve imaging performance in noisy and low-light conditions. By using its technology, BlinkAI customers can improve both photo and video quality, accelerate object detection, and enable semantic segmentation in challenging visual scenarios. For more information, visit https://www.blink.ai/.

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