Custom computer vision is the promise of bootstrapping Barcelona-based b2b startup Restb.ai. The team is pitching its machine learning algorithms at businesses wanting to fix a pain-point or aiming to enhance what they can offer their customers by being able to automatically determine what is in a particular image.
While tech giants like Facebook and Google are using their own data to train their own AI algorithms for their own ends, Restb.ai’s big idea is to sell computer vision as a service, charging its business customers an initial training fee to build a custom model for their needs and charging per API call thereafter.
The team launched back in March 2015 and has six customers at this point, according to Damia Garcia, the team’s VP of growth and biz dev, speaking to TechCrunch from startup alley here at Disrupt SF 2016. He added it has been focusing its early acquisition efforts on winning larger customers in multiple verticals, and is now looking to raise a seed round.
One user of the tech so far is second-hand goods marketplace Wallapop which has used Restb.ai to identify and prevent users posting images of illegal drugs to sell on the site.
Garcia claimed the accuracy of restb.ai’s model, once it has been trained for whatever custom use the customer intends, is 98 per cent. The system works by the user typing in whatever custom keywords the model has been trained on — such as make/model for cars in the above example — and will specify a percentage of how certain it is of a particular identification.
It works in near real-time — and he noted another application of the tech being police automating cross-referencing number plates with a car make/model to ascertain that a licence plate has not been swapped onto another vehicle.