A Clapper For The Machine Learning Revolution – Co.Design (blog)

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Maybe you would like to turn on the radio with a shimmy. Or shut off your desk lamp when you close your book at night. Neither of these is a particularly complicated interaction, yet each would involve developing all sorts of special hardware and software to make happen. So they’re impossible.

Unless you have an Objectifier. Developed by Bjørn Karmann as a graduate project at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, the Objectifier is a camera that plugs into any electronic device. Using a smartphone app, a user can perform a gesture to train a lamp, turntable, or tea kettle to turn on and off at will—all without understanding the complex machine learning algorithm behind the scenes.

“It gives an experience of training an artificial intelligence; a shift from a passive consumer to an active, playful director of domestic…

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