Honor unveils AI-powered defocus eye protection, deepfake detection technology at MWC Shanghai 2024

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Honor introduced two new artificial intelligence (AI) innovations at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2024 on Monday. The smartphone maker introduced an AI defocus eye protection technology that can reduce the risk of myopia or nearsightedness caused by staring at the display for too long. It also showcased an AI-powered deepfake detection technology that can detect videos created or altered using synthetic means and AI. Interestingly, the company said both features will be implemented on the device rather than being powered through cloud servers.

Honor unveils new AI technology

According to a newsroom post from MWC Shanghai, the Chinese consumer technology brand showcased new on-device AI innovations aimed at creating user safety. The announcements were made during Honor’s keynote session at the event titled “Human-AI synergy: Intelligent devices will better empower people.” Along with introducing new technological advancements, the company also highlighted the need to create human-centric on-device AI features that are accelerated by dedicated hardware to protect user privacy.

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Honor’s AI defocus eye protection
Photo Credit: MWC Shanghai/Honor

The company said that the AI ​​Defocus Eye Protection is designed to tackle the global rise in cases of nearsightedness, which is caused by prolonged screen usage. Various studies have shown the effectiveness of peripheral defocus lenses in controlling myopia among individuals. These glasses create an altered visual perception that slows down the process of eye dilation responsible for the eye disorder. Now, Honor’s technology uses AI to simulate defocus glasses on the display of a smart device.

According to the company, the AI ​​Defocus Eye Protection can reduce users’ transient myopia by an average of 13 degrees after 25 minutes of use. Citing research, the brand said that some users have even experienced a maximum reduction of 75 degrees.

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Honor’s AI deepfake detection
Photo Credit: MWC Shanghai/Honor

Deepfakes have also been a major problem in recent years, which has been further accelerated by the introduction of video-generation AI models. Many AI scientists, tech firms, and regulatory bodies have acknowledged its role in spreading misinformation and tricking people. Honor’s AI deepfake detection is an on-device technology that can analyze videos frame-by-frame to “check information such as eye contact, lighting, image clarity, and video playback that are imperceptible to the human eye.”

The AI ​​technology was trained using a large dataset of videos and images related to online scams. The company claims it can identify, screen, and compare within three seconds. The feature can display a risk warning if a deepfake is detected. Honor says this can help protect people from falling prey to scams.

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