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Intel’s Pentium microprocessor developer,Vinod Dham, others back Orbo AI

Orbo helps improve low-light images, removes fog from security camera footage and cleans up noise from images captured by drones.

, ET Bureau|
Aug 15, 2019, 08.28 AM IST
MUMBAI: Vinod Dham, developer of Intel’s Pentium microprocessor and technology mentor, has taken part in a Rs 11.4 crore ($1.6 million) funding round in Orbo, a maker of artificial intelligence-based image enhancement software.

The investment, in Dham’s personal capacity, is in the company’s latest pre Series-A round. YourNest Venture Capital and Venture Catalysts led the fundraising round, with participation from angel investor John Ason and existing investor Refex Capital.

Orbo makes software that enhances pictures and videos on mobile phones, laptops and display devices. It also helps improve low-light images, removes fog from security camera footage and cleans up noise from images captured by drones.

Dham, who was also the founder of venture capital firm Indo US Venture Partners, said Orbo was developing cutting-edge visual intelligence technology that has even compelled firms like Intel and Cisco to partner with it. “AI, in its current incarnation, is evolving around improving visual intelligence. It’s all about object detection, image classification and segmentation,”

Dham told ET in an exclusive interview. “Manoj’s company is at the epicentre of this... The solution can be incorporated in the browser of one’s laptop with almost invisible algorithm that’s enhancing the image on the screen.” This has helped the company partner with Intel. “They (Intel) are riding on this particular algorithm to supply to HP, Lenovo, Dell and other companies to supply image enhancements for almost free to the endconsumer,” he said.

Orbo is part of Intel’s Maker Lab initiative and the fifth cohort of the Cisco Launchpad. The firm will use the fresh funding round to expand its research team to 30 from 12 AI scientists currently, and to hire sales and marketing professionals. Orbo has also launched an AI-based tech that converts low resolution videos to either 1080p or 4K, Shinde said.

Vinod Dham developed Intel’s Pentium line of processors.

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