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Remote Monitoring And Tracking Of Content In An Internet Connected Refrigerator Using Webcams, Augmented Reality, And Mobile Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000228732D
Publication Date: 2013-Jul-01
Document File: 4 page(s) / 100K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a novel remote monitoring system comprising an array of webcams built into the inside of an Internet-connected refrigerator. The system includes a method to integrate the webcams in the appliance with a remote device (e.g., smart phone, tablet, etc.) allowing a user to remotely view the contents of the appliance. Using gestures on the mobile device, the user can view the remote image from different angles.

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Remote Monitoring And Tracking Of Content In An Internet Connected Refrigerator Using Webcams, Augmented Reality, And Mobile Devices

A system is needed that allows individuals to remotely view the contents of a refrigerator, as well as additional information about each product (e.g., expiration date). Users can benefit from the ability to automatically keep a current and historic electronic list of the items in a refrigerator.

There is no existing, all-in-one solution that currently provides a direct visual method for an individual to track and view the content of a refrigerator.

The solution is a novel remote monitoring system comprising an array of webcams built into the inside of an Internet-connected refrigerator. The system includes a method to integrate the webcams in the appliance with a remote device (e.g., smart phone, tablet, etc.) allowing a user to remotely view the contents of the appliance. Using gestures on the mobile device, the user can view the remote image from different angles.

This solution can be combined with augmented reality (AR) markers, bar codes, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), or any other labeling or identification technology to identify products in the refrigerator and show additional product information when viewing remotely.

The solution could also include automatic product identification. Products can be identified using existing optical or electronic labeling technology such as AR patterns, bar codes, or RFID. Product identification information could be used to look up additional product data on remote databases.

The dedicated mobile application for remote monitoring could allow tilting, turning, and other gestures on the mobile device to allow the user to remotely view and zoom in or out of the combined image from different angles. The system can display additional product information in a composite augmented reality image on the mobile device.

When products are detected, the solution maintains a running list or history of what was placed into the refrigerator in the past. With this information, a user can generate a list of current items in the refrigerator and view a historic list of all items. The user can perform a comparison between current and historic content to create shopping lists.

This solution could be used in consumer (household), commercial, and laborator...