So you think you have a good idea of most of the cameras that are around today? The compact cameras are approximately the same shape as one another, as are the SLRs and the DSLRs and the retro and toy cameras look a little different again, but essentially you know a camera when you see one. Or do you? The cameras listed below might force you to change your mind about cameras and photography. Some of them are obscure, some of them are impractical, and some of them are genius.
It’s time to rethink what you thought you knew about cameras and reconsider what is in store for the future of photography.
The Descriptive Camera outputs a text description of a scene instead of producing an image.
He says, “Imagine if descriptive metadata about each photo could be appended to the image on the fly – information about who is in each photo, what they’re doing, and their environment could become incredibly useful in being able to search, filter, and cross-reference our photo collections.” (Stuck on metadata? We can help.)
The camera itself consists of a USB webcam, a shutter button, a small thermal printer, and an Ethernet connection.
Taking a picture will send the image off to humans for analysis via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk API, who will then write a description of the image, which is then sent back to the camera. This is then printed by the thermal printer.
It’s certainly an entirely new perspective on photography that could prove to be a fascinating project when put into practice.
EyeRing is a camera designed as an aid for people who are visually impaired. In theory, you would be able to take a picture of an object and an app on the users’ phone would then tell them what the object is. Take a look at this video demonstrating this in action (in theory).
Although the camera is in the very early stages of development, the concept behind it is very exciting and could prove to be a game changer for people who are visually impaired.