Thursday, April 26, 2012

Descriptive Camera


The “Descriptive Camera” doesn’t work like your normal point-and-shoot camera. Instead, this contraption prints out a description of the photo you take, rather than an image itself.

…. the camera snaps a picture, then sends it to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, a service in which humans are paid a small sum to do jobs that computers cannot solve, like describing the contents of a picture.

“After the shutter button is pressed, the photo is sent to Mechanical Turk for processing and the camera waits for the results,” Mr. Richardson writes. ”Results are returned typically within 6 minutes and sometimes as fast as 3 minutes. The thermal printer outputs the resulting text in the style of a Polaroid print.”



2 Opinions:

Surya Murali said...

Well, if the description was in Braille script... It might have slightly helped.

L o r d R a j said...

I doubt it. I mean... err.. Just another one of those things I just don't get.