We have all been there – you open a fridge and there is only a packet of cheese and some eggs in there, so what can you make for dinner?
Intel have come up with a new kind of human computer interface for use in kitchens or any other flat surface. You place the items on the kitchen top and the system will work out what they are and suggest some recipes for you.
It works with three devices – a 3D digital camera, combined with a small projector and a computer. The computer will recognise more and more items as you teach it over time. The projector will display information about each item. For example you could place a banana on the top and it shows you the calories. It could then be added to that diet you are following.
At the moment the devices are fairly chunky but if it catches on, then the system could be made as slim as a mobile phone and located underneath the cupboards, for example.
An excellent example of development in HCI design to discuss in class