Three New Cameras

Camera Restricta - Philipp Schmitt, 2015

Camera Restricta is a speculative design of a new kind of camera. It locates itself via GPS and searches online for photos that have been geotagged nearby. If the camera decides that too many photos have been taken at your location, it retracts the shutter and blocks the viewfinder. You can’t take any more pictures here.

Descriptive Camera - Matt Richardson, 2012

Instead of producing an image, this prototype uses crowd sourcing to output a text description of the scene. 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. Below are a few samples from the Descriptive Camera:

Draw This - Dan Macnish, 2018

Draw This is a polaroid camera that draws cartoons. You point, and shoot - and out pops a cartoon; the camera’s best interpretation of what it saw. The camera is a mash up of a neural network for object recognition, the google quickdraw dataset, a thermal printer, and a raspberry pi.

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