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Microsoft's new augmented reality project, "SemanticPaint," lets you digitize your environment

By dkpope
Jul 2, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<div class="video-container"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/z_TcWC7yjj0?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0&amp;modestbranding=1&amp;vq=hd720&amp;autohide=1" width="560"></iframe></div> <p>Some of the coolest things in augmented reality are coming out of Microsoft Research, and their <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-US/projects/semanticpaint/valentin2015semanticpaint.pdf">newest project &quot;SemanticPaint&quot;</a> is no exception. This project lets you scan objects, or whole rooms, in 3D using a Kinect and then separate and define individual objects in the scene. This kind of accurate visualization of the world bodes great possibilities for things like self-driving cars and robots.</p> <p>After the initial scan which produces a singular object (below), a person can touch a chair with their hand or foot, say &quot;Label: chair&quot; and continue with the rest of the environment until each object is logged in the computer as singular items. The computer then separates the items into classes.</p> <p>The project is fully online, to provide continuous feedback and create a personalized experience, and it can be processed using a laptop&#39;s CPU for better interactivity. Microsoft claims that their software has the ability to learn, remember and differentiate between labels so it can operate faster in the future.</p> <p><img alt="microsoft semanticpaint kinect " src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/07/2015-07-02-image-10.jpg" /></p> <p>Microsoft&#39;s ideal set-up is for the user to wear a depth camera and as the person moves within a space, &quot;the dense 3D geometry of the room is automatically scanned in real-time.&quot;</p> <p>Microsoft wants this to be more than just another cool augmented reality project. They see it as a way of recreating the world around us and then using the semantic models in a variety of ways, such as aiding partially sighted people and creating and navigating maps.</p> <p>&quot;Our system also hopefully moves us closer to the vision of lifelong learning: where semantic models adapt and extend to new object classes online, as users continuously interact with the world,&quot; Microsoft says.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/61214-microsoft-new-augmented-reality-project-semanticpaint-you-digitize.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/61214-microsoft-new-augmented-reality-project-semanticpaint-you-digitize.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/61214-microsoft-new-augmented-reality-project-semanticpaint-you-digitize.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,205   +1,880

    I'm looking for the digital girlfriend .... where is she? Did they hide her under that furniture????

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