With only “about a dozen employees” and “approximately $4 million” raised in funding, Silk did manage to make quite a few headlines a couple of years back. Somewhat surprisingly, the San Mateo, California-based machine learning outfit decided against building a very interesting device called Sense after a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Sense was billed as “Dropcam meets Amazon Echo”… at a point in time when the Echo was still a quirky novelty, lumping a microphone, wide-angle camera, several different sensors, and some neat proprietary software tricks together for an all-in-one smart home experience.
When canceling the hardware project, Silk Labs promised to focus on the “large-scale commercial opportunities that we have ahead of us”, basically aiming to refine the Silk software platform for other device manufacturers to embrace.
Apple and Silk’s visions seem to coincide in a number of ways, viewing machine learning as a game-changing, life-altering technology of the future, as well as putting privacy first in their AI development efforts. In other words, this looks like a match made in (corporate) heaven.