Teaching Watson to see within our Visual Recognition Cloud Service

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Key points:

  • The Watson Visual Recognition cloud service exemplifies what can be delivered to the market when the science of IBM Research meets the scale of IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud platform
  • Watson Visual Recognition is delivering world class performance as depicted in this recent Recast AI blog post
  • Generating custom Watson Visual Recognition classifiers is greatly simplified through our delivery of a Visual Recognition tool

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When the science of IBM Research comes together with a Cloud service engineering team, something special happens. That is the case for the Watson Visual Recognition cloud service delivered by my team.

In December, we launched a significant update to our Deep Learning based Watson Visual Recognition service for how Watson can see and identify subject matter of images. A recent blog post by Recast AI has provided a good summary of this marketplace and the remarkable performance that is being achieved by the Watson Visual Recognition service.

When you bring together Watson Visual Recognition’s market-leading performance with your ability to extend this cloud-based service with custom visual recognition classifiers, the solutions you can build are boundless. We have made generating these custom classifiers even easier by delivering a Visual Recognition tool. This new tool allows you to train your own custom visual recognition classifiers within a matter of minutes and achieve even higher precision beyond our general classification capabilities in an area of specific interest to you.

This area of custom visual recognition classifiers we see is an emerging sweet spot in the rapidly evolving world of Cognitive computing. There are countless solutions being built today. Perhaps you want to pre-process and parse an image to visually inspect sections within an image for rust within a structure or use a drone to inspect a roof for hail damage and as depicted here:

Here at Watson, we know your visual data is your competitive advantage. When you create a custom classifier, the image content you provide and the resulting classifiers you generate are yours, and only yours, to leverage in your Cognitive solutions.

What will you do with Watson Visual Recognition today?

Program Director for Watson Signal Services

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