Huawei Launch Track AI to Help Detect Early Signs of Visual Impairment in Children across the World

Huawei AI and smartphone technology to be used in eye hospitals around
the world in partnership with leading eye institute.

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href="" target="_blank"gt;#AIForGoodlt;/agt;–Huawei has deployed its AI expertise with leading medical research
bodies to help safeguard children’s eyesight. Huawei is working with IIS
Aragon and DIVE Medical to co-create Track AI, an AI-powered assessment
designed to detect and diagnose early signs of visual impairment in

The World Health Organization estimates there are 19 million children in
the world with visual impairment, of which 70 to 80 percent are
preventable or curable. In most cases, these children will remain
undiagnosed for years, resulting in more serious consequences with their
vision, general development, educational and social opportunities. Less
severe but easily prevented types of visual impairments are currently
affecting 12.8 million children.

For the past few years, we have been committed to developing a tool
that will assess visual function in young children and to identify those
with visual impairments,” said
Victoria Pueyo, Paediatric
Ophthalmologist, DIVE Medical.

“With Huawei supporting and powering DIVE through AI we are now able
to work towards this goal. Our goal is to implement this technology
globally and with our multi-ethnic approach we can cater to every type
of visual impairment.”

To detect visual impairments, the DIVE (Devices for an Integral Visual
Examination) software runs on the Matebook E to monitor and track the
gaze of each eye while the patient is looking at stimuli designed to
test different aspects of visual function. The data collected from the
patients’ gaze pattern is then processed on the HUAWEI P30 smartphone
using the HUAWEI HiAI algorithm to identify potential indicators of
visual impairments.

With the HUAWEI P30 and HUAWEI HiAI technology, the Track AI initiative
creates an easy-to-use, portable and affordable device to identify these
issues in children as soon as possible and as early as six months old.
Ultimately, the goal is to empower individuals without training to help
identify children that may have visual impairments in order to help them
access treatment sooner.

In the past, smartphones were not powerful enough to process complex
AI based algorithms and data had to be sent to the cloud for processing.
Communication to and from the cloud makes AI processing slow and is
useless without a network.
The new Track AI technology combines
the very best in Huawei’s machine learning and on-device AI processing
technology with concrete research and insights from IIS Aragon and DIVE
Medical, said
Peter Gauden, Technology Expert, Huawei.

Track AI is part of Huawei’s wider commitment to push the boundaries
of what is humanly possible and use AI for good. Our goal for this
project is to make it possible for parents and doctors in all corners of
the world to detect visual impairments in a faster, easier, more
efficient way through AI technology.”

How does it work?

Children with visual impairment have different gaze patterns compared to
children with normal vision. DIVE can accurately gather data on the gaze
position during a scientifically designed visual stimuli. Interpreting
this data can be challenging for non-specialist healthcare workers.
Using AI, however, computers can be trained to identify abnormal gaze
patterns for easier screenings and assisted diagnoses and speed up the
process from diagnosis to management of the condition.

Track AI builds on the capabilities of Google’s TensorFlow, an
open-source platform, and Huawei HiAi, to create a machine learning
system on a smartphone using its breakthrough Kirin 980 chip, an AI
processing powerhouse that is defining the future of smartphone AI.

Two dedicated Neural Processing Units (Dual NPU) built inside the Kirin
980 support on-device AI which means the AI functions are processed on
the smartphone itself, significantly speeding things up while also
preserving user privacy. This Dual Neural Processing Unit also helps to
make the Smartphone’s AI features smarter over time as well as increase
daily performance and efficiency.

Track AI on the smartphone is portable, doesn’t require WI-FI and
receives data in real-time to speed diagnoses. The unprecedented
capabilities of Huawei’s smartphone allow Track AI to be used across the
world, from an ophthalmologist in a UK hospital to a village doctor in a
remote area of Africa.

Early trials will soon lead to widespread adoption. Developing a system
based on AI requires gathering data from thousands of children, and data
is currently being collecting by the research centres from testing in
five countries across 3 continents (China, Mexico, UAE, Spain and UK).
Once a mass of data has been aggregated, neural networks will be trained
and a prototype device will be piloted later this year with plans to
roll-out in 2020, helping healthcare workers diagnose and treat eye
conditions early.

The new HUAWEI P30 an HUAWEI P30 Pro are immediately available globally
with pricing information as follows:


  • 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM – EUR 999
  • 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM – EUR 1,099
  • 8GB RAM + 512GB ROM – EUR 1,249


  • 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM – EUR 799



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