April 17 2008 / by Accel Rose
Category: Technology Year: 2008 Rating: 4 Hot
A new consumer-ready system called ViPR , by Evolution Robotics , lets machines – from your cell phone to robots – recognize objects. Already, this software permits consumers to snap photographs, then to search for image matches, returning relevant image and text results. In other words, you can take photos of product packaging, movie art, billboards, etc and instantly get more information related to the image you have just captured.
Take a look at this demo to see for yourself:
Eventually, such systems will be essential for robots and other systems that either need to navigate a complex environment or serve to input and index information.
In the near term it will be interesting to see how software like ViPR will function in concert with the new image barcodes being used on billboards in Japan and in newspapers by Google. Once optimized, such systems will undoubtedly lead to consumer efficiencies and new behaviors.