Presenting The First Camera That Describes Pictures For You

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Photo: mattrichardson.com

Using a webcam and some scraps from the junk shelf at school, NYU graduate student Matt Richardson created a camera that spits out a written description of an image within a minute of you taking it.For now this sci-fi concept relies on a rather mundane process, transmitting the image to a cheap worker on Amazon’s Turk server, who puts the image to words.

But some day Richardson imagines the device working without any human help.

This is Matt Richardson. He's a grad student at NYU and built the camera in about a month.

To build the camera he used a webcam, scraps he found on the junk shelf at NYU and various wires. It's about the size of a wireless router.

The camera needs the internet to work. Once you take a picture, it's uploaded to the Amazon Turk API server. Then, for $1.25, a person on the other end submits a description which the camera prints.

You end up with a little receipt describing your picture.

So let's try it out, shall we? All you have to do is take a picture and then wait one to three minutes for a result to print.

Richardson said that eventually this kind of camera would have the technology to do the work itself and could be used to sort photos by topic.

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