Augmented Reality Kitchen is a project concerned with context-aware computing, conducted at the MIT Media Lab by Jackie Lee, Leonardo Bonanni and Ted Selker. The project focuses on exploring how augmented reality and ambient interfaces can improve the usability of physical environments (e.g. the kitchen) as places of multiple activities.
The Augmented Reality Kitchen consists of several technologies, integrated to help people cook more safely, easily, and efficiently. These technologies include the Virtual Recipe, FridgeCam, and Augmented Cabinetry.
Projectors display the Virtual Recipe on cabinets and work surfaces. Users can interact with projected “virtual buttons” via a vision recognition algorithm, and choose amongst different contents. Augmented Cabinetry is connected to the Virtual Recipe system and is an active inventory system that reduces the time required to locate items in kitchen cabinets. LEDs embedded in translucent cabinet handles illuminate on cue from the Virtual Recipe system to show the user where to find needed objects.
FridgeCam is an augmented reality interface that projects spatial information about the contents of the refrigerator onto its door. Each time the door is opened, a wide-angle CCD camera mounted on the inside of the refrigerator door captures an image of the contents. This way, kitchen users can avoid opening the refrigerator door too often, and for too long.
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|A wide-angle CCD camera mounted to the inside of the refrigerator door captures an image of the contents. This image is then projected onto the door of the refrigerator.||LEDs embedded in translucent cabinet handles illuminate on cue from the Virtual Recipe system to show the user where to find needed items.|
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