Intel puts a neural network into a $79 USB stick

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Intel's latest product, the Movidius Neural Compute Stick, packs deep learning algorithms into a standard USB drive. The idea is to make the powerful neural networks and Artifical Intelligence systems not only limited to large organizations but also available to small-scale businesses and developers.

Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick

The aim is to allow a broad range of AI applications to be built for mobile devices.

The Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick is powered by a Myriad 2 visual processing unit (VPU). The VPU is specifically designed for handheld and wearable devices. Faster processing power (more than 100 gigaflops) is combined with low power consumption (1W) and small size. All these properties make it a perfect fit for the use case in question.

The USB device can run the standard neural networks deployed in the industry. It can be tweaked to run custom-designed networks as well. It can also be used as an accelerator to boost the power of an existing computer.

The Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick is priced at $79.

Watch the product in the video below:


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