Oasis is an interactive and intelligent kitchen work surface. Developed by Ryder Ziola, a graduate student at the University of Washington, along with researchers at Intel Labs Seattle, Oasis recognizes the types of food placed on it and displays recipes and other information about the food.
"If you put a steak on the surface, it will recognize the steak and come up with recipe," Ziola said. "It may also come up with nutritional information."
A 3-D camera tracks the motion of a hand, and discerns when a hand is touching the surface, which can ping a timer and images or video for a recipe. When two ingredients are placed on the surface, Oasis suggests recipes that combine them. Information displayed on the surface can be dismissed by sweeping a hand across the projected images.
A palm-sized "pico-projector" made by Microvision projects images onto the surface. The positioning and recognition of objects is determined by a depth-perceiving camera made by PrimeSense. Currently, the camera recognizes objects only by their color.
Soon, the technology can make any service interactive and intelligent.