Hack Your Own Descriptive Camera In Minutes

Everyone is excited about Matt Richardson's descriptive camera, a device that "works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene. However, instead of producing an image, this prototype outputs a text description of the scene. "

After you take a photo, it is sent over the internet to Amazon, where the Mechanical Turk, i.e. real people look at the photo, write a description of what they see, and sent it back to be printed out on BPA laden thermal paper. For $ 1.25 a shot. The hardware and software is complicated. It takes up to six minutes. It needs an approval and reputation system for the workers to ensure good results. It's a one-off project "created for Dan O'Sullivan's Spring 2012 Computational Cameras class at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program" that isn't available for purchase.

descriptive camera hackDescriptive camera hack. Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0

TreeHugger is pleased to offer our green alternative hack of the Descriptive Camera. It's so simple you don't even need a camera!

1. Take stack of old business cards that are printed on only one side.
2. Look at what you would like to take a picture of.
3. Describe it and write it on the back of the business card.

That's it!

Hack Your Own Descriptive Camera In Minutes
Everyone loves Matt Richardson's Descriptive Camera, that turns photos into a text description. We offer a cheap and easy alternative.

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