Podcast Notes: Using Computer Vision to Shop in AR.
Every Thursday, we summarize a recent podcast to save you time and keep you up-to-date. This week features Michael Agustin, co-founder and CEO of Curie, a shopping assistant that uses computer vision to help shoppers decide what to buy.
Agustin speaks with Alan Smithson of the XR for Business Podcast about his company and the future of providing retailers with AI/AR IoT technology for customers to shop offline [Note: Questions and answers were edited for brevity and clarity.]
Alan: Tell us about your company, Curie.
Michael says Curie is an AI/AR shopping assistant that helps customers to decide what to buy quickly. It provides an on-screen heads-up display that enables people to make decisions on the fly about products, particularly when they want to save money. It connects shoppers with things like online reviews, movies, and relayed product recommendations.
Right now, Curie is looking to provide big-box stories with this tech, which provides shoppers with the same tools they would typically have online, but in a physical store.
Alan: It says on your website that you're a computer vision company. Walk us through the consumer experience using the technology.
Computer vision is like a GPS for your camera, Michael explains. Curie uses this technology to provide a first-person perspective that allows shoppers to see services and information about things right in front of you.
The company is named after physicist Marie Curie, who dedicated her life to 'seeing' what was invisible. The company wants to provide online information that's currently invisible to people when they need it, he says.
Alan: Are any companies actively deploying this, or are you still in the early stages?
Michael says Curie's lead investor is the early-stage venture fund 500 Startups. They are also gaining customers via a program backed by Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Tyson Foods...