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AI-powered smart binoculars can identify any bird or animal instantly

[Jan. 21, 2024: JD Shavit, The Brighter Side of News]

These cutting-edge binoculars are poised to revolutionize the way nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers explore the great outdoors. (CREDIT: Swarovski Optik)

In the ever-evolving world of technology, we continue to witness remarkable advancements in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI).

From AI-powered bird feeders that can identify our feathered visitors to the latest innovation in wildlife observation—AI-supported binoculars that can recognize over 9,000 species of birds and other creatures. These cutting-edge binoculars are poised to revolutionize the way nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers explore the great outdoors.


Unveiled at the renowned Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Swarovski Optic AX Visio binoculars represent the marriage of sleek design and state-of-the-art technology. Designed by the renowned Marc Newson, these binoculars exude the elegance and functionality of high-end optics. Yet, beneath their unassuming exterior lies a remarkable AI system that can identify wildlife species with remarkable accuracy.

During a live demonstration on the CES show floor, these AI-powered binoculars showcased their capabilities. A cardboard cutout of a bird perched atop a wooden pole served as the initial test subject. As the binoculars focused on the avian figure, a simple button press initiated the identification process.


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Within a mere five seconds, the binoculars triumphantly revealed the species as an "American kestrel." Although some users might find the processing time a tad slow for rapidly moving birds, the technology's performance is undeniably impressive.

This remarkable AI functionality is made possible by an "integrated operating and object-recognition system" combined with an onboard neural processing unit.


The Swarovski Optic AX Visio binoculars boast a 10x32 magnification with a field of view spanning an impressive 1,000 yards. The resulting image quality is nothing short of crystal clear, ensuring that users can capture every detail of the wildlife they encounter.

However, the innovation doesn't stop at species identification. These binoculars come equipped with a 13-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p videos. Users can wirelessly transfer their wildlife captures to the Swarovski Optik Outdoor app on their smartphones, creating a comprehensive digital record of their outdoor adventures.


This feature is bound to captivate avid wildlife watchers, though it comes at a price—a hefty $4,799, making it a luxury item rather than an impulse buy.

Rick Bateman, a writer, photographer, and world birder, tested the AX Visio during a trip to southwest Costa Rica. (CREDIT: Swarovski Optik)

The integration of GPS technology enhances the binoculars' performance further. By pinpointing your location, the onboard processor can suggest the types of species you may encounter, providing a more tailored wildlife observation experience.


One particularly intriguing feature of the Swarovski Optic AX Visio binoculars is the "Share discoveries" function. This innovative addition allows for arrow markers to appear in the viewfinder, making it easier to guide a friend to the same discovery. The shared joy of observing nature's wonders becomes even more accessible with this collaborative feature.

With the SWAROVSKI OPTIK Outdoor App, you can easily download the images and videos from the AX Visio to your smartphone and manage them there, share them, set preferences and settings and manage updates for the AX Visio. The "Live View" function also allows you to share your observations live. (CREDIT: Swarovski Optik)

Nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers alike can look forward to acquiring their own Swarovski Optic AX Visio binoculars in February. This AI-powered marvel promises to redefine how we connect with the natural world. Whether you are exploring the wilderness or simply observing backyard visitors, these binoculars are set to make wildlife observation an even more enriching and interactive experience.


With their advanced technology and impressive capabilities, the Swarovski Optic AX Visio binoculars are poised to become an indispensable tool for all those who appreciate the beauty of the natural world.

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