Descriptive Camera produces written descriptions rather than photos

275x250.jpg A student at New York University has created a camera which prints out text descriptions of what it sees rather than photos.

Creator Matt Richardson said he came up with the idea for his 'Descriptive Camera' after thinking about the metadata cameras produce: date, time and camera settings and wishing they could do more.

But because the technology isn't there yet to produce a text description of a scene his gizmo uploads images to the web and they are described by users on Amazon's Mechanical Turk -- where users are paid to complete basic tasks.

Speaking about his Descriptive Camera, Richardson said: "The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene.
275x250.jpg "However, instead of producing an image, this prototype outputs a text description of the scene. Modern digital cameras capture gobs of parsable metadata about photos such as the camera's settings, the location of the photo, the date, and time, but they don't output any information about the content of the photo.

"The Descriptive Camera only outputs the metadata about the content."

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