Posts Tagged "Retail"

Self-monitoring refrigerators & vending machines

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Self-monitoring refrigerators & vending machines

Refrigerators, freezers, coolers, and vending machines are everywhere and they offer the unique opportunity to monitor themselves. Just like phones have gone from a simple device to a multifunctional electronic Swiss-army knife (aka smart phones), now fridges have also evolved and become smart fridges (smart coolers, smart vending machines) with brains, sensors, and communication abilities that monitor themselves and communicate that information. Auditing has never been easier These intelligent fridges provide a shelf monitoring solution, auditing, and is hands-free. They monitor themselves...

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Mobile Object Recognition for Retail

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Mobile Object Recognition for Retail

Take a snapshot with your iPhone of a supermarket's flyer and receive information and discounts on the products photographed, or put them into a shopping cart. It can't be simpler than that for an end-user, can it? The steps involved in setting up this project are:
- Collecting digital images of the products to be recognized
- Tagging these images with metadata and putting them into a special feature-point database
- Loading the database onto a server
- Implementing an object recognition algorithm on the server
- Building a mobile front-end that communicates with the server

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Automated Visual Repository Building

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Automated Visual Repository Building

The state-of-the-art in visual object recognition has matured to a level where many objects can be recognized in real-time in video streams. In order to recognize objects in pictures taken from camera phones, 3G video streams, webcams, or any other video recording device, there is a need for a database of images of the objects to be recognized (along with accompanying data such as product ratings, prices, reviews, comparisons or any relevant metadata ). Instead of manually taking pictures to build such a database we made use of the (increasingly) high number of pictures available on-line by...

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