[CEUD-ICT] A camera that creates descriptions

John Hesnan jchesnan at gmail.com
Fri Nov 8 15:30:11 GMT 2013


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On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM, Mark Magennis <Mark.magennis at ncbi.ie>wrote:

> Alt text without the image!
> New camera prototype produces a description of the photo, rather than an
> image
> By *Mike Wehner, Tecca* | *Today in Tech
> <http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/>* – 9 hrs ago
> [image:
> http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/Um6Jcz26hL0yc4eksinTOg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http:/media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/technews/mw-630-descriptive-camera-hed-630w.jpg]A
> picture is worth 1,000 words. Or, you know, at least a couple dozen
> With image-tweaking services like Instagram<http://www.tecca.com/topic/instagram/>
>  turning our everyday photos into vintage snapshots, it seems like
> photography itself is taking a step back in time. A new camera prototype
> turns that idea completely on its head by producing a text description of
> each photo you shoot, rather than capturing an actual image. It's called
> the Descriptive Camera <http://mattrichardson.com/Descriptive-Camera/>,
> and it just might be the next big thing in photography.
> The concept is simple: The user takes photo with a web-enabled camera,
> which is instantly sent to a real, live human being who then writes a short
> text description of what they see. The information is th en returned and
> printed on a small slip of paper.
> The prototype uses Amazon Mechanical Turk<https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome>
>  — a system whereby users can sign up to process various types of data
> for a small fee. For a little over a dollar, each photo is returned in just
> a matter of minutes. A reputation metric is in place to ensure that the
> person processing the photo does a quality job.
> The implications of the Descriptive Camera go far beyond this cool little
> prototype. Its creator, Matt Richardson <http://mattrichardson.com/>,
> envisions a future <http://www.tecca.com/topic/future/> where digital
> photos contain not just location data, but also text descriptions of what
> the images contain. Imagine searching for one specific snapshot of your
> child's first birthday, but rather than browsing endless thumbnails, you're
> simply able to type "baby with birthday cake" to find what you're looking
> for. Hooray for the future!
> [via PC World<http://www.pcworld.com/article/254452/this_diy_camera_takes_short_stories_not_pictures.html>
> ]
> This article originally appeared on Tecca<http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AuV2HWPx.EOISqPnmf0tQ6RBq594;_ylu=X3oDMTFoZmVlc3ZhBG1pdANCbG9nIEJvZHkEcG9zAzgEc2VjA01lZGlhQmxvZ0JvZHlUZW1wQXNzZW1ibHk-;_ylg=X3oDMTNlOTJsMjB0BGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDOTQ3ZjA1MjMtYmZlYS0zNDgzLWFjN2QtZjQ5N2M0Mjk0NDA5BHBzdGNhdANvcmlnaW5hbHN8dG9kYXlpbnRlY2gEcHQDc3RvcnlwYWdlBHRlc3QD;_ylv=0/SIG=12mm9je4t/EXP=1336622650/**http%3A/www.tecca.com/news/2012/04/25/descriptive-camera-prototype/>
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