Bootstrapper Recognizes Man by Their Shoes

Team from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, has developed a system known as Bootstrapper which distinguishes between users based on their footwear. When a user interacts with the tabletop computer, the Bootstrapper system, which consists of one or more depth cameras mounted to the table’s edge, observes their shoes and matches them to a database of known shoe images that are associated with specific user profiles. When multiple users are interacting with the table at the same time, the system also takes into account the hand orientation of the touch inputs so they aren’t mismatched.

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