What is an ML Kit?
ML Kit is a mobile SDK that brings Google’s machine learning to Android apps in easy to use format. Google announced the ML Kit in Google I/O 2018, it also became one of the interesting announcements for the mobile app development company. Various ML technologies, provided are Google Cloud Vision API, TensorFlow Lite, and the Android Neural Networks API together in a single SDK.
ML Kit provides some awesome features that are available on device and cloud. Let’s take a look at these features. It takes some ML uses cases and decorates them in a beautiful API.
On device features
– Text recognition
– Face detection
– Barcode scanning
– Image labeling
– Custom model inference
– Text recognition
– Image labeling
– Landmark recognition
The issue of text detection in natural scene pictures is challenging because of the abandoned size, colour, background and alignment of the character. Text Recognition provides detection and recognition of textual information in videos, documents, images, and other sources.
ML Kit’s text recognition APIs allows you to recognize text in any Latin-based language. Text recognition can be an easy data entry for receipts, business cards. With the cloud-based Text recognition API, you can extract the text from any type of document and also keep track of the real-life objects.
For example, you can use text recognition to obtain the number of a credit card, license card, name of the credit card or license holder, and the date of expiry from the front of a card.
Face detection is a process of detecting the face from the images. You can use this to identify key facial features and get the contours of faces. ML Kit’s Face Detection API has been designed to work on the device itself which makes it fast, accurate and proficient of identifying faces in real time.
Below are the features provided by face detection in ML Kit
~ Recognize and locate facial features
Provide the coordinates of the ears, eyes, nose, cheeks, and mouth of every face that was detected.
~ Get the outlines of facial features
Easily extract the contours of identified faces and their eyes, eyebrows, lips, and nose.
~ Recognize facial expressions
It determines a person is smiling and his eyes are open or close.
~ Track faces across video frames
Get a detector for each individual person’s face that is detected. for example, do image manipulation on a particular person in a video stream.
~ Process video frames in real time
Face detection is performed on the device and used in real-time applications, such as video manipulation.
Barcode Scanning is done to interpret the data encoded in the barcodes. ML Kit barcode scanning is working on the device so it is easy to implement and make it work fast and accurate. Using the barcode scanning we will be able to encode the 2D barcode and also encode the data like wifi network credential.
Below are the features provided by face detection in ML kit
~ Reads most standard formats
– Linear formats: Codabar, Code 39, Code 93, Code 128, EAN-8, EAN-13, ITF, UPC-A, UPC-E
– 2D formats: Aztec, Data Matrix, PDF417, QR Code
~ Automatic format detection
It supports scanning for all supported barcode formats immediately, without having to mention the format you are looking for. Or, enhances the scanning speed by limiting the detector to only the formats you’re interested in.
~ Extracts structured data
Structured data that is stored by using one of the supported 2D formats are automatically interpreted. The supported information types comprise of the URLs, contact details, calendar events, email addresses, phone numbers, SMS message prompts, ISBNs, WiFi connection information, geographic location, and AAMVA-standard driver information.
~ Works with any orientation
Barcodes are identified and scanned regardless of their orientation: right-side-up, upside-down, or sideways.
ML Kit’s Image Labeling is an API and model that can identify items in an image, and provide information about those items in the form of labels. On-device APIs can process the data quickly without an internet connection. This is helpful if you don’t want to utilize the mobile data of your users and you need fast processing.
The on-cloud APIs provide much more compelling processing capabilities. Thanks to Google Cloud Platform’s ML technology, however, these APIs need the Internet connection to continue to work. In case you are using the Google Cloud Platform, after 1000 requests you will have to make payment.
Example, if you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you might be familiar with face recognition. As soon as a user uploads a photo, Facebook will instantly suggest tags of your friends. Besides the tagging feature, image recognition also does the content translation for visually impaired people with screen readers. It also helps to identify irrelevant or objectionable images.
ML Kit’s landmark recognition API can provide well-known landmark labels directly from image pixels. It helps people better understand and maintain their photo collections. This API recognizes the number of famous landmarks over the world including bridges, building, place of worship etc. Landmark recognition provides the information about the images such as place name, a region of the image, coordinate of landmark etc. Landmark recognition API is fast and accurate. This API is free for 1000 uses of this API per month.
Custom Model Interface
The custom model interface of ML kit provides you features. You can easily host your TensorFlow Lite models with the help of Firebase or bundle them with your app. Using the custom model for hosting provides your user updates with the latest version. It reduces your app’s binary size and provides automatically downloading of new versions of your model. It can automatically manage multiple model resources.
ML Kit is one of the most interesting innovations of Google. The announcement of it had added a lot of excitement among the Android & iOS developers and is cool and fun to use too. It is highly recommended to start using ML Kit & play with its features to find your way out and check how it will be beneficial to you. Click Here if you want to get started right away.
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