Scientists at MIT and Adobe Research have developed a new way to identify materials using AI vision. They say that the system is not affected by shadows or inconsistent lighting and that it could one day be used to help guide robots that interact with objects in the real world. It may also ultimately come to Lightroom and Photoshop to assist with image editing more easily.
The machine-learning system allows you to specify just a single pixel of material, and it detects all pixels in the scene which match the material. It was trained using “synthetic” data, essentially 3D renders, although they say that it’s very effective at picking out materials in real scenes, too. There’s still a long way to go, although it looks like the team has taken a very big first step.
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