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Intel Already Knows What You're Having for Dinner

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The humble kitchen countertop could soon be a touch screen that recognizes 3-D objects and makes recommendations based on them, if Intel Corp. senior research scientist Beverly Harrison's project, still in development, makes it to market.

In her demonstration for the media, Harrison used a steak and green pepper. “The computer in real time builds a model of the color, shape, texture of the objects and runs it against a database to identify it,” Harrison told Wired. “And it requires nothing special to
be attached on the steak or the pepper.”

The touch screen then offers up steak-and-pepper recipes.

To make the technology work, you need to hang a camera above the counter that will send images to a hidden computer. The computer recognizes certain objects and lights up when it has something useful to offer.

Harrison told Businessweek she wanted her project to help eliminate "this big disconnect between living in the virtual world and living in the physical world," a feat she seems to believe hasn’t already been accomplished by the combined efforts of Twitter and reality
TV.

The logical next step for a computer that recognizes food and spouts appropriate recipes is, of course, a computer that makes dinner.

Early adopters of such technology might need to work out some cultural if not existential issues. After all, who’s to say Fluffy wouldn’t taste good with a side of fried green peppers?
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