A Smart Laser Cutter That Automatically Identifies What it’s Cutting #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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A team at MIT is cooking up this smart laser. Its a compact solution that could speed up processes and increase safety. Via MIT News:

Addressing what might not be totally apparent to the naked eye, scientists from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) came up with “SensiCut,” a smart material-sensing platform for laser cutters. In contrast to conventional, camera-based approaches that can easily misidentify materials, SensiCut uses a more nuanced fusion. It identifies materials using deep learning and an optical method called “speckle sensing,” a technique that uses a laser to sense a surface’s microstructure, enabled by just one image-sensing add-on.

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