The Descriptive Camera Takes Descriptions, Not Photographs

#Photography

Thu, Apr 26th, 2012 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Descriptive Camera is the work of Matt Richardson. Unlike a regular camera, this one takes a photo, sends the output to a Mechanical Turk and six minutes later a description of the image is printed out on thermal paper.

After the shutter button is pressed, the photo is sent to Mechanical Turk for processing and the camera waits for the results. A yellow LED indicates that the results are still "developing" in a nod to film-based photo technology. With a HIT price of $1.25, results are returned typically within 6 minutes and sometimes as fast as 3 minutes. The thermal printer outputs the resulting text in the style of a polaroid print.

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