In a blog post, IBM said it is rolling out the technology with Gemological Institute of America (GIA), one of its first clients, to help the company evaluate and grade diamonds.
“The objects and substances that we buy, wear, eat or use every day all have their own unique optical patterns, sometimes undetectable by the human eye, that differentiate them from each other. These patterns can distinguish an organic ear of corn from a genetically modified one or identify impurities in diamonds, for example,” wrote IBM Research in the post. “Optical characteristics can be measured using light spectrometers, an instrument used to measure properties of light, but they are quite bulky and expensive, limiting their utility. Use of optical analytics for object identification in real-world circumstances demands a more adaptable tool. IBM Research recently developed a powerful, portable optical analyzer, small enough to use with a cellphone camera.”
IBM Research said that by working with GIA, it is taking its research outside the lab and into a real-world setting. The company is currently testing the Verifier software by capturing and creating 3-D model images of diamonds so it can analyze the characteristics and predict the clarity grade. IBM said it will build on GIA’s previous research using images to evaluate diamonds.