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Intel Labs' OASIS Makes Lego Playtime Awesome

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Intel's OASIS will keep an eye on your kitchen food.

While Intel may be directing most of its resources in developing new computer chips, there's also a considerable amount of innovation going on that doesn't involve your next CPU.

One of the very cool things going on at Intel's Seattle labs is OASIS, or Object Aware Situated Interactive System.

While today's most high-tech toys may be the touch-sensitive iPad or iPod touch, Intel's OASIS brings it out to an entire "real world" playing surface. Check out the video below to see how Intel, through the use of camera sensors and projectors, bring Lego to life.

Intel's OASIS and Lego

Of course, it's not all just for play. Some of the technology has some real world, practical applications, such as inside the kitchen.

Intel's OASIS and food

Check out lots more on OASIS from Intel's research site.

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    DjEaZy , December 5, 2010 4:28 PM
    ... no creative thinking for children... no training of writhing and memorizing for groceries list... technology in this case don't help... it is cool, but not helping to get away from dependencies...
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    NightLight , December 5, 2010 3:43 PM
    I... love this!
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    Horhe , December 5, 2010 3:48 PM
    Nice. Imagine playing a Risk-like game with this.
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    DjEaZy , December 5, 2010 4:28 PM
    ... no creative thinking for children... no training of writhing and memorizing for groceries list... technology in this case don't help... it is cool, but not helping to get away from dependencies...
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    Kileak , December 5, 2010 4:52 PM
    Interactive board games!

    But even then, a full-size LCD display touch surface as Microsoft had shown 3 years ago might be a more interesting option for those.

    The recognition aspect is what is interesting, but even then, unless it comes down to being very inexpensive, I don't see this being of any use to the mainstream as regular working people wouldn't be willing to shell out a grand or more for something they can get by without already pretty well.
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    paara , December 5, 2010 6:22 PM
    OMG! That is awsome! :)  Wish I was a 5 again
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    nonameworks , December 5, 2010 7:28 PM
    I can't see this being closed and affordable, or open without terrible surprises. To clarify what I mean the object recognition database could be open source which would allow for it to be affordable. But if it was open it could serve up some unfortunate images or animations. But this is just a science project, by the time it is used in production it will be significantly different.
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    Raid3r , December 5, 2010 7:42 PM
    i m a g i n a t i o n...not substitutable. As for higher up uses I can see potential but leave kids alone for sakes.
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    rohitbaran , December 5, 2010 7:49 PM
    :eek2: 
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    schmich , December 5, 2010 9:13 PM
    I don't get those mentioning that it's stupid because kids have imagination. I mean kids play computer games where all this shown exists in the game. This is just an added level to the toys just like the toys themselves are an added level with their colours and shapes compared to eg. some stick and stones.

    I will agree though that this isn't something spectacular nor something commercially viable.
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    ddragoonss , December 5, 2010 9:30 PM
    As like Microsoft Surface, or as like G-Speak.

    Intel is remaking the whell, and tom's news is old.
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    Gin Fushicho , December 5, 2010 9:43 PM
    That'd be great for kids! =) And I can also see how this would help me cook. =p
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    Vatharian , December 5, 2010 10:30 PM
    Watch this, from same research program:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRn34pmD5ww
    anyone remember Doom and self drawing maps?
    It's exactly like that!
    OMG, augumented reality, live 3D terrain/building mapping, tons of possibilities! Imagine such simple device in hands of rescuers, and someone overvieweng them, or (waterproofed, of course) in caves - no more lost souls. This video was without external sensors, but one may include some gyros/accelerometers/gps for added functionality. That's a jawdrop!
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    tsnorquist , December 5, 2010 10:51 PM
    South Park got it wrong. It's not the Military, but Intel who is nuking Imagination Land!
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    Albyint , December 5, 2010 11:02 PM
    This could have alot of practical purposes in a house where all tables have it, and maybe information from the computer could be viewable on the home's local network and can be manipulated at will by other computers in the house. The part where he typed lemon could be alot easier if inputted from a keyboard.
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    bebangs , December 5, 2010 11:06 PM
    i want this now, not 5-10years from now. this is awesome.
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    luc2k , December 6, 2010 4:08 AM
    Almost everything in the food video looks like extra work.

    OT: PLEASE embed the fullscreen button.

    http://code.google.com/apis/youtube/player_parameters.html#fs
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    dEAne , December 6, 2010 4:24 AM
    Object Aware Situated Interactive System - How is this compare to microsoft surface?
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    sudeshc , December 6, 2010 5:04 AM
    quite interesting
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    Camikazi , December 6, 2010 11:50 AM
    DjEaZy... no creative thinking for children... no training of writhing and memorizing for groceries list... technology in this case don't help... it is cool, but not helping to get away from dependencies...

    writhing? do you mean writing? if so it seems your non tech schooling didn't help you either :p 
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    grimmm , December 7, 2010 11:46 PM
    HorheNice. Imagine playing a Risk-like game with this.

    Ever seen the MS Surface Settlers of Catan game?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdUFT01vzyI
    I met the Vectorform guys and played Settlers on their Surface at GenCon. Fun times.