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Partnerships in the Blockchain Gaming and Smart City verticals
It has been a busy week for us at HOT-G as we are scaling our enterprise operations. We announced strategic partnerships in Blockchain Gaming (and will extend to gaming in general) and Smart Cities domains.
#1 Laguna Games
Hammer Of The Gods (HOT-G) is partnering with Laguna Games to bring AI to NFTs and blockchain gaming. With this partnership, users of Laguna Games can bring their Unicorn NFTs to life!
We are no strangers to blockchain as we have written about our ideas in the past:
We are working on bringing real world AI to NFTs and games. Buried in that release is a hint at something we have been working on for a few months now :) - our web3 SDK for edge computing called DeepNFT.
DeepNFT - a name derived from adding neural nets to NFT is our skunks work projects that can “enhance” crypto assets on the edge with AI.
The key to this breakthrough is the fact that we have a portable ML container called Rune that can run on phones, browsers, mobile browsers, desktops, embedded devices, and pretty much standard popular computing devices.
This is the habitat of many games as well!
Here is a Rune with computer vision neural net edge pipeline for object detection running on Solana’s Phantom wallet app. This is all about portability of ML on the Edge!
By partnering with Laguna Games, we are taking this to market first. When we launch the GA version of DeepNFT web3 SDK, we will offer it as part of our enterprise tier offering on Hammer Forge.
#2 Urban AI
Urban.ai is partnering with Hammer of the Gods (HOT-G) to bring real time mapping of urban spaces and municipalities using the latest AI technology and edge computing.
When we met the Urban AI team, we knew we had to work with them as their vision and mission is extremely compelling.
Urban space contains enormous amounts of information, however this information cannot be extracted using classical tools. Using artificial intelligence we allow cities to extract powerful data out of urban space, creating the smart-cities of the future.
We have gone deep into understanding the smart cities market tackling it from several different angles - climate change, urban planning, sustainability, and more. We wrote about it a while back as well:
With Urban AI, we will be bringing the functionality of their cloud based urban AI mapping services closer to the edge devices, where we can significantly improve issues of latency, cost, and speed of mapping.
We are gearing up to launch our containers on embedded devices (such as raspberry pi) and other constrained devices that will be used for running the AI.
Here is a loom video from our co-founder/CTO, Kartik Thakore showing an early prototype of our containers running on Raspberry Pi.
Faster feedback loops with Hammer Forge Studio
The most important thing to know is that we will be keeping our developer experience the same no matter what device you intend to build on. This means:
You don’t spend an enormous amount of time testing across different platforms
You test sooner in the process - not after writing a lot of integrations (shift left testing)
You continue to provide feedback to the model dev teams pre and postproduction
The key to this breakthrough is also because we have a portable ML container called Rune that can run on phones, browsers, mobile browsers, desktops, embedded devices, and pretty much standard popular computing devices.
When Kartik and I started HOT-G, we were just enamored with the possibilities of what edge computing would offer. We had the first-hand experience building this in healthcare at doc.ai (which got acquired and then went public). We knew right then the possibilities were endless.
However, going from the anticipation of this space being big to something very concrete has been a meandering journey for the last 10 months. Now, we are ready to grow and go fast!
Now, you can also build your next idea using on-device ML using studio. Studio lets you drag and drop using out of the box models to build fully featured apps. Try it at https://studio.hotg.ai or share the link with any application developer that might find it useful!