Descriptive Camera prints out descriptions of pictures, not pictures themselves

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30 Responses to “Descriptive Camera prints out descriptions of pictures, not pictures themselves”

  1. Spinkter says:

    Very New Aesthetic-y.

  2. perch says:

    He should develop an app or alternative device using the same Mechanical Turk Interface as an aid to visually-impaired people. Images could perhaps be converted to braille or spoken-word.

    Also, is there an Image Quality: Haiku option?

  3. mtdna says:

    This will never be abused by pornographers. Now, excuse me while I take my pants off…

  4. Just_Ok says:

    Is there a thousand word limit on the output?

  5. Joel Rothman says:

    I love this so much I cannot contain myself!

  6. voiceinthedistance says:

    Will it allow you to delete word photos where it says my eyes were closed?  I wonder if the descriptions get coarse and grainy in low light?

  7. Seems someone was inspired by Alredo Jaar — who exhibited his photographs of Rwanda in a box and only showed descriptions on the wall. 

  8. Ambiguity says:

    I can’t quite put my finger on it (and it seems to be just me), but I find the whole mechanical turk thing somewhat disquieting. 

  9. Pat Eisel says:

    “Hey, I know, he can make a voice recorder output a description of what is being said instead of the actual sound!” “Like Dragon Dictation?” “Exactly!” “Dipshit.”

  10. Pat Eisel says:

    Seriously, though. I don’t think I get it. If it’s art, I freakin love it to pieces. It’s the kind of thing me and my artsy buds did in the late ’80s but a bunch lower tech. If it’s for a practical use, I’m lost.

  11. Robert says:

    That’s awesome. You know why? Because it’s a HIT that’s doesn’t feed into a spam network.

  12. Timmo Warner says:

    To me this seems like it would be much more pratical as a smart phone app rather than its own camera. Does it really need to output a paper copy of the photo? Wouldn’t saving a text description to your phone’s photos be enough?

    I would love to have this as an app.

  13. Just_Ok says:

    Sokath, his eyes uncovered!

  14. nem0fazer says:

    that’s like having a car that describes other places rather than driving you there.

  15. hacky says:

    a mechanical turk, being run by Mechanical Turk! too cool!

  16. SedanChair says:

    They should call it the Zorkinator.

  17. Alden says:

     I would buy one if it automatically added “You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.” to the end of every description.

  18. gd23 says:

    Hmm, this has given me an idea for a video version as a way to replace  seeing eye dogs… A pair of video glasses/webcam, and earpiece, and some cheap outsourced labour…

    • John Harland says:

      No way. It’d end up like that old kids TV show, Knightmare.

      “You need to go left, right?”
      “Go right? OK!” *falls into pit*

  19. Tyler Riddle says:

    Good to know there are now more ways to use up thermal paper because printing onto thermal paper removes thermals from the atmosphere and fixes global warming! 

  20. But no ALT tag on the main picture?

  21. Mark Littlewood says:

    You should also look at @textinstagram on Twitter. Not sure if @textinstagram is a piss taking parody or if it Mechanical Turked too.

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