Smart Cupboard

An innovative intelligent system for kitchen storage, which is designed to accommodate a wide variety of users, including adults, children, elderly people, and people with disabilities

The “Smart Cupboard” is an innovative intelligent system for kitchen storage, which is designed to accommodate a wide variety of users, including adults, children, elderly people, and people with disabilities. It has the ability to understand user’s actions and intentions and act accordingly, hence it permits users to a) be aware of the availability of the kitchen ingredients, b) be informed when it’s time to replenish a storage subsection, and c) prepare their meals in a comfortable manner.

The cupboard consists of two compartments. The first compartment is fixed and has a camera through which it can identify the location and type of objects inside the second sliding compartment. The movable part of the cabinet can be opened and closed either by touching the surface of the door, or by appropriate voice commands, while an embedded touch screen permits the users to get information regarding the contained products. Finally, the cabinet is equipped with led lights (on the surface of the door and on the shelves of the sliding compartment) so as to help the users locate the products that they request.

In more detail the “Smart Cupboard” can:

  • Identify the status of its door (open / closed)
  • Identify the contained products via Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence technologies
  • Be aware of the weight of the contained products
  • Understand when a product is placed into or removed from its shelves
  • Inform users regarding the status and details of each product (e.g. products that are about to expire)
  • Automatically add out of stock products to the shopping list
  • Interoperate with the “AmI Chef” system for supporting the cooking process