Although Xnor.ai was best known for its ability to detect people in smart camera feeds, Macworld suggests that it may have been the main motivation for Apple to buy the company to make Siri smarter.
The most obvious reason for Xnor.ai being purchased by Apple was to improve detection of people in HomeKit Secure Video. But as we noted at the time, there are wider applications on the tech company.
Doing Siri on the device will make it much smarter, Simon argues.
It is a speculative piece, but the argument makes sense, and it is not impossible for Simon to have Xnor.ai’s off – the-record source pointing him in that direction.
I think Apple made the right decision with Siri, giving priority to privacy over smart devices, and also noticing that rival devices are not as smart as they seem. Yet making Siri smarter through on-device processing would be a welcome development for sure.