Description GroZi project (grocery shopping assistant) Increase independence of people with low vision (specially blind) to perform grocery shopping in a supermarket or store. Help to plan shopping list, walking path to the store and grocery shopping.
Motivation 1.3 million legally blind people in the U.S Grocery store are underselling to this market. Blind people are high cost customers. Advance research on object recognition for mobile robotics with constrained computing resources.
Motivation Characteristics Grocery Store: Structured Environment (+). Controlled Lightening (+). Maintained by staff (+). Well indexed (+). People moving around aisles (-). Huge amount of products (30K) (-).
Motivation Possible existing solutions: 1.Seeing-eye dog trained. 2.RFID tags (aisle, shelf, product). 3.Barcode scanning (shelf). 4.Help of sighted guide/customer service. 5.Memorize store layout. 6.Home delivery.
Why computer vision? 1.Limited ability of dogs. 2.RFID tags bring privacy concerns and heavy infrastructure. 3.Eye safety and mislabeling. 4.Independence. 5.Store layout changes constantly. 6.Autonomy.
Our Solution Develop a handheld device that performs visual object recognition with haptic feedback. Avail of complementary resources (RFID, Barcode scan, sighted guide) We are focusing on the computer vision aspects of this problem.
MoZi Box General purpose low-cost mobile system geared for computer vision applications. MoZi is a combination of the Mobile Vision System (MoVs) and ZigZag Finite memory : Compact Flash (CF) cards ranging from 256 MB to 4 GB. Processor speed: in the neighborhood of 60-400MHz Frame rate: enough snapshots to cover the shelf with some overlap (as in panoramic stitching) (15fps instead of 30fps?). Color Calibration: Macbeth color chart to calibrate the color space.
Use of the System Creating a Shopping List. Getting to the Grocery Store. Navigating the Store.
Shopping List Online Website: –Website stores data and images of different products. –Feedback from users. –Provides walking path. Prepare shopping list. Download information into Mozi Box.
On the way Separate project. Mozi Box with GPS. Visual waypoints. Traffic/Street sign reading. Use in addition to cane and asking sighted bystanders.
Inside the Store Finding aisle (OCR, RFID, ask). Avoiding obstacles (cane). Finding products (sweep of aisle, spot product, barcode check). Checking out (coupon and cash).
Obtaining training data Online Images (Web). Collecting from MoZi box (in situ). Collecting from embedded camera near the barcode scanner (in situ). Known databases (COIL-100,ETH- 80, etc.)(more research oriented) Synthetic examples. Active learning.
Obtaining training data Active learning problem: Find UPC for the corresponding image (labeling). Semi-supervised. Weakly labeled.
Obtaining training data Sunshine Store @ UCSD. –Venue for pilot study. –4K items in stock. –1749 sq. ft. (assignable) –We want to scale to a bigger number of products (30K). –No bakery or vegetables.
Text Detection Standard OCR is unlikely to be sufficient. Low resolution and distortion are main problems. Reading aisle signs, text on shelves.
Considerations Occlusion and clutter of products (caused by people and shopping carts). Multiple images of same shelf to perform hole-fill-in. Cannot fit dominant plane to the front of product shelves. Large number of items.
Acknowledgements People (UCSD/Calit2): Serge Belongie John Miller Stephan Steinbach Michele Merler Tom Duerig Captions: Dennis Metz/ D. Stein [ X. Chen and A. Yuille ]