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Dubai Robot Maker To Triple Workforce And Build New Plant

Micropolis is preparing for a $37 million New York Stock Exchange listing that will help the company deliver 350+ robots a year.



dubai robot maker to triple workforce and build new plant

Micropolis, a Dubai-based manufacturer specializing in autonomous mobile robots, plans to construct a new production plant and triple its workforce using cash from an upcoming New York Stock Exchange listing.

Once operational in Dubai Production City, the Micropolis factory plans to produce one robot a day to meet a growing customer demand.

micropolis autonomous robots m1 and m2

Micropolis currently produces two autonomous robots: a golf cart-sized machine known as the M1 and a smaller M2 model which both use the same platform that combines autonomy and advanced AI features.

In 2018, Dubai’s police department became interested in the technology being developed by Micropolis and commissioned an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) featuring AI to help survey areas and improve crime prevention.

micropolis founder and ceo fareed aljawhari

“We have software developed in-house called Microspot, equipped with five AI engines – facial recognition, behavior analysis, ANPR [automatic number-plate recognition], criminal logic, and suspect matrix. It makes the robot drive like a patrol car and think like a police officer. It reports suspicious activity, and Dubai Police can scan and keep an eye on communities 24 hours a day,” explained Fareed Aljawhari, Micropolis founder and CEO.

A smaller version of the robot will be trialed in April 2024 before being introduced to more areas later in the year.

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Micropolis robots have also shown potential in the oil and gas industries for pipe surveillance and can also be used to collect and sort garbage. Meanwhile, Neom, Saudi Arabia’s futuristic mega city, is interested in using similar security robots to one developed for Dubai Police.

Since 2018, Micropolis has raised over $8 million in funds from overseas investors and is expected to raise another $37 million from an imminent New York Stock Exchange listing.


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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.



adobe teases new ai editing tools and updates in premiere pro

After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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