World's first-ever smart binoculars can identify 9,000 birds thanks to built-in AI

Swarovski Optik AX Visio
(Image credit: Swarovski)

When you think of smart binoculars, you imagine that they will be able to take captures of your observations, maybe at a push, and bigger budget you will get 1080P video recordings.

Well, Swarovski has ripped up the playbook of 'smart' and introduced a new standard in high-class observation equipment with the launch of its new Swarovski Optik Ax Visio smart binoculars – the world’s first AI-supported binoculars, a perfect symbiosis of high-performance analogue long-range optics and digital intelligence.

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.