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Movidius Fathom — This USB Stick Converts Any Linux Computer Into An A.I. Supercomputer

fathom ai supercomputer stickShort Bytes: Chip maker Movidius has unveiled “the world’s first embedded neural network accelerator”. Known as the Fathom Neural Compute Stick, this device could be plugged into a Linux device to allow it to perform functions like image recognition, language comprehension, and pattern detection. 

Imagine a tiny plug-in device that you can carry with you anywhere and use it to train advanced artificially intelligent systems — or, going one step ahead, build an emotionally intelligent robot assistant?

To make this a reality, chip maker Movidius has introduced the Fathom Neural Compute Stick. Dubbed as the “the world’s first embedded neural network accelerator”, this USB stick contains a deep learning processing accelerator.

This stick could be connected to an existing Linux device to increase the efficiency of neural networking tasks 20-30 times. Movidius Fathom performs its task at more than 150GFLOPS, consuming less than 1.2W.

“Featuring a full-fledged Myriad 2 VPU, the Fathom Neural Compute Stick not only enables rapid prototyping, but also delivers high levels of neural network compute to existing devices via a USB port,” tells the explainer on Movidius website.

Apart from looking just like a USB device, Movidius Fathom works just as one. It allows pretty much any Linux device to handle advanced neural networks, which is basically AI’s building block.

Also Read: This Will Connect USB Devices Directly To The Web


Once plugged in, Movidius Fathom allows the PC to perform functions like image recognition, language comprehension, and pattern detection.

Embedded inside this tiny stick is TensorFlow, Google’s machine learning software. This will grant devices like drones, cameras, and robots to run computer vision applications. This sounds like a great tool for developers, researchers, and makers who are interested in making their creations more advanced.

According to Movidius CEO, Remi El-Ouazzane — “It’s going to mean that very soon, consumers are going to be introduced to surprisingly smart applications and products.”

Via the website of Movidius, the “qualified customers” can grab Fathom.

Movidius Fathom — This USB Stick Converts Any Linux Computer Into An A.I. Supercomputer

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How to Convert Scanned PDF and Images to Text Using Google Drive

Use Google Drive to convert Images to Text (OCR)Last month I felt the need to convert some image to editable text, so I searched the web and came across few converters/software. But, none of them were free and they asked for a good amount of money. This conversion is performed using Optical Character Recognition Software (OCR).

Today in the morning, I was doing some work on Google Drive and I clicked on a feature which kind of made my day. Actually, Google Drive provides the OCR software for free and you can use it to convert your image files to text.

Convert Images to text using Google Drive:

Before you proceed, make sure that on the image to be used, there is some text; so that it could be converted using OCR. This can also be used to convert PDF files to text for free.

Take a look at these simple steps:

  1. Visit Google Drive Website and login using your Gmail account.
  2. Now click on the New button and select File Upload to upload the image you want to convert. The image can be of any format. Here I have used a screenshot of my website homepage as the image.
  3. After finishing up the upload, right click on the image file and go to Open With > Google Docs.
  4. Now the new tab opens with the image at the top and editable text below it. You can edit the text and resize the image here.

    The text in the uploaded image is converted to text which is just below the image in the screenshot
  5. You can either delete the image and save the remaining text and close the tab. Now in you’ll see the Google Document with converted text beside the image file.
  6. Now you are all done and you can edit the image or download in PC to edit.

Points to be noted:

  1. Image should be less than 2 MB in size.
  2. Your converted text may have mistakes in it, so check it before using somewhere.
  3. For PDF files, only first 10 pages are converted to text. If you have a large PDF file, instead of opting for a one-time conversion, go for step-by-step conversion of 10 pages.

How to Convert Scanned PDF and Images to Text Using Google Drive