A student project form the NYU ITP program explores the story-telling power of an image.

A picture is worth a thousand words. For the Descriptive Camera by Matt Richardson, this oft-used moniker is actually true–unlike a traditional camera, his camera produces a narrative, not a photo.

The Descriptive Camera, which consists of a USB webcam, a shutter button, a small thermal printer, and an Ethernet connection, captures a photo just like a traditional camera- just point and click to get the desired image. The key to the camera is the Ethernet connection, which sends the captured image to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk API, where workers completing human intelligence tasks (HITs) take a look at the image and then describe what they see.

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