In 2018, Microsoft bought Lobe, a San Francisco-based startup that made a platform for building, training and shipping custom deep-learning models.

I had seen a demo of this last November, but was forbidden from speaking about it publicly. 🙂

This week, Microsoft made some of Lobe’s technology publicly available and I encourage you to check it out.

On October 26, available a public preview of a Lobe app for training machine-learning models. Available for both Windows and Mac, the Lobe app is free and designed to enable people with no data science experience to import images into the app and label them to create a machine learning dataset.

If you’ve ever had a great idea for a machine learning application, only to be scared off by the mathematical underpinnings, you may want to check out the recently launched Lobe application and revive that old idea.

Lobe is an application that is designed to make image classification with machine learning easier for the uninitiated — no coding or previous experience with machine learning is required. The software walks a user through three steps: collecting and labeling data, training a model, and “playing,” which is an interactive form of model optimization.