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Neural Computing with an AI Development Bundle Running Intel NCS2

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

One of the ways do-it-yourselfers and makers get their development jones on is through kits and bundles. One of the latest is deep learning, neural computing with an AI development bundle. The kit boasts an x86 Atomic Pi with Intel’s new Neural Compute Stick 2 (NCS2).

Team IoT, creators of the kit, are being helped along by Intel’s NCS2 hardware and support. Bosch and KS helped to deliver the x86 Atomic Pi at ARM prices, a bit of a win for the team. The Atomic Pi is built to handle the complexities of the Movidius inference engine. The kit delivers both custom I/O and low power consumption and storage and processing capabilities, all based on Linux operating system.

For Machine vision and computer vision the NCS2 processes video in an energy-efficient deep learning environment. The frees up CPU time for more interesting tasks like running custom-made apps. Integration into generic monitoring frameworks can be accomplished through GStreamer, MQTT, and other protocols.

The NCS2 is ready for computer vision and artificial intelligence at the edge. The stick is plug-and-play AL at the edge, ready for prototyping. Ubuntu and OpenVino come preloaded on the Atomic Pi including patches where necessary. This DK comes with models pre-selected and pre-downloaded.

The Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 (NCS2) works with Movidius Inference systems, and uses the OpenVino toolkit, for AI development at the edge.

Key Features

  • Operate without cloud compute dependence
  • Develop on Windows 10, macOS, or Ubuntu
  • Prototyping can be done on low-cost edge devices
    • Raspberry Pi 3
    • ARM host devices
  • Excellent scale and build properties on
    • Movidius Myriad X Vision Processing Unit
    • Exceptional performance per watt per dollar

Team IoT on Kickstarter

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