Science Fiction Dictionary
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

 

Kinect@home Needs Your Help Identifying Objects

Kinect@home is a Swedish program that encourages humans to help robots in identifying common household objects. The intent is to build a library of objects that robots can consult as they maneuver around your house.


(Kinect at Home site welcome video)

Our vision is making and sharing 3D models of the real world as easy as making a Youtube video while helping science. Kinect@Home is three people: Alper Aydemir, Rasmus Göransson and Prof. Patric Jensfelt. Alper and Patric started it as a robotics research project at CAS Royal Institute of Technology - Sweden, with the aim of advancing robotics research while being useful to everyday people.

Kinect@home needs your help! Simply use their software, which allows them to collect your scans of common objects in your home. One day, computers everywhere will use your uploaded models to find their way around your home.

Co-ordinator Alper Aydemir said: "Factory floors can be custom built and the tools the robots will use can be known precisely in minute detail. This is not the case with everyday living spaces and objects."

While humans have no trouble recognising objects such as a tea mug even if it is a different colour, shape and size to those they have seen before, robots struggle to complete such a mundane task.

"One of the best ways for robots to accomplish all these tasks is to make them learn how to recognise a sofa, a chair, or a refrigerator by feeding them lots of data," Mr Aydemir told the BBC.

In his 1995 novel The Calcutta Chromosome, Amitav Ghosh writes about Anton, whose day job is to satisfy the curiosity of an artificial intelligence system called Ava, which bombarded him with questions about pictures of common household objects:

She wouldn't stop until Antar had told her everything he knew about whatever it was that she was playing with on her screen… Once she'd wrung the last meaningless detail out of him, she'd give the object on her screen a final spin, with a bizarrely human smugness, before propelling it into horizonless limbo of her memory.
(Read more about Ava the AI)

An older generation of sf fans might also recall the vision of the future described in The Velvet Glove, a 1956 short story by Harry Harrison. One of the few jobs still available to humans is that of helper - someone who assists robots in identifying unclassifiable objects:

"... whenever a robot finds something it can't identify straight off... it puts whatever it is in the hopper outside your window. You give it a good look, check the list for the proper category if you're not sure, then press the right button and in she goes." An hour passed before he had his first identification to make. A robot stopped in mid-dump, ground its gears a moment, and then dropped a dead cat into Carl's hopper... Something heavy had dropped on the cat, reducing the lower part of its body to paper-thinness.

Castings... Cast Iron... Cats... There was the bin number. Nine.
(Read more about human object recognition)

Help the robots! while they still need our help. At KinectatHome via BBC News.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 8/31/2012)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )

Related News Stories - (" Robotics ")

Snakebot Burrows Underground, Thanks To Biomimicry Of Multiple Species
'Seen close it was not completely flexible, but made instead of pivoted and smoothly finished segments.' Harry Harrison, 1962.

How Long Have YOU Wanted A Household Robot?
'We followed in breathless amazement. In less than five minutes, bed number one was made...' - Elizabeth Bellamy, 1899.

Digger Finger: Super-Sensitive Robot Fingers Predicted In 1931
'Migul's fingers with the extended filaments were feeling it... What an amazing development of science.' - Ray Cummings, 1931.

Robotic 'Third Thumb' Rewires Your Brain
'When he's connected up to your nervous system, you'll be able to make him whistle, hiss, roar, flap his wings and spit sparks...' - Samuel R. Delany, 1966.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

Science Fiction Timeline
1600-1899
1900-1939
1940's   1950's
1960's   1970's
1980's   1990's
2000's   2010's

Current News

Snakebot Burrows Underground, Thanks To Biomimicry Of Multiple Species
'Seen close it was not completely flexible, but made instead of pivoted and smoothly finished segments.'

Stretchable OLED Heart Monitor Band-Aid
You can't buy them in the store just yet.

Can We Grow Crops On Mars?
Does Martian soil require remediation?

How Long Have YOU Wanted A Household Robot?
'We followed in breathless amazement. In less than five minutes, bed number one was made...'

CopterPack Is Robert Heinlein's 1954 Copter Harness
'...a single flyer, hopping free in a copter harness.'

Amazen ZenBooth Dispenses Serenity At Amazon
'That's what I get for dialing zen, Joe said to himself.'

Digger Finger: Super-Sensitive Robot Fingers Predicted In 1931
'Migul's fingers with the extended filaments were feeling it... What an amazing development of science.'

Baubotanik - Construction Botany - Builds Bridges
'A dwelling must be all of a unit—the walls, the drainage, the decor grown in!'

ESA Awards Study For Lunar Satellite Communications And Navigation
'Messages drifted in - from liners and freighters, from police-ships, from yachts of space...'

Bigelow BEAM Still Useful On ISS
'It's a shame, ain't it, Frank—calling a pretty thing like that a 'bubb'—it's an ugly word. Or even a 'space bubble.'

DARPA's Sarcasm Detector Totes Gets Your Drift
'TARS, what's your sarcasm setting?' '100 percent.'

Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower Tear-Down, Neuromancer's Coffin Hotel Lives Forever
'Plastic capsules a meter high and three long, stacked like surplus Godzilla teeth...'

Robotic 'Third Thumb' Rewires Your Brain
'When he's connected up to your nervous system, you'll be able to make him whistle, hiss, roar, flap his wings and spit sparks...'

AliveCor Claims Apple Watch Infringes ECG Patents
'...a sweet mezzo-soprano voice remarked in a conversational tone: "I think you should sit down and rest for about ten minutes.'

Triple Star System Tears Apart Its Planetary Disk
'Our planet, Ev, hangs spinning in the triangle formed by the three, and the three suns revolve slowly around it.'

Ford's In-Car Ads From Billboards
'It would soon squeeze in and harangue him in the cranky, garbagey fashion of the Nitz advertisements.'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.