updated 05:14 pm EDT, Sun August 17, 2014
Jetpac to be removed from app store shortly, support discontinued in September
Google recently made another acquisition, this time involving a team that uses deep learning in its apps. The team behind the Jetpac City Guides app announced last week that they would be joining Google in an unspecified capacity. Details of the deal weren't disclosed, but the San Francisco-based team would be moving on to Google, leaving their apps behind in the process.
Jetpac released a series of apps that focused on deep learning for things like travel in the Jetpac City Guides or item recognition with Spotter and Deep Belief. Spotter allowed users to attempt item recognition with their phone, while Deep Belief was more about teaching the software to recognize an item. Both apps used Jetpac's Deep Belief framework.
While the deep learning programs offered some neat features, the company was best known for Jetpac City Guide. Through the apps, users could access travel guides for more than 6,000 cities across the world. Guides were generated by processing photos from Instagram, looking for visual cues which would then categorized. Users would then have easy-to-digest top 10 lists to sort through. Directions and phone numbers were provided for the popular spots, as calculated by information taken from photos at the venue.
The company announced the acquisition its home page, adding that its three apps would soon be removed from the App Store. On September 15, the company would also stop offering support for them.
Google could find a number of different uses for the technology behind Jetpac, including intelligent photo tagging, or navigation implementation in Google Glass. The Next Web claims that the technology behind Jetpac was inspired by work done by deep learning specialist and Google employee Geoffrey Hinton.