It uses Mechanical Turk. Pretty incredible to see that in 6 short years neural networks have made an automated version of essentially the same idea possible.
Sure that cupboard in the article might look ugly, but it was the first completed DIY project for the camera man.
Image that sort of context getting applied by AI...
There is a Vitamin C-derived paper by a company called Appvion. You can buy it on Amazon but apparently it's not great.
Also would love to see some side-by-sides of an actual image and the Draw This photo.
EDIT: installing the project locally right now -- will see if I can generate some side-by-sides :)
* Fairly easy to make, a la github instructions
* Can command a _very steep_ margin per sale, compared to an app
* Offer (imo) most of the product value by being something physical/tangible you can show to your friends
* Polaroid cameras are surprisingly popular https://www.wsj.com/articles/fujifilm-zooms-in-on-instaxs-re...
I think I'd have to disagree here!
I say just get the app out there first and try to make up for the lower price per unit with volume. If it becomes truly popular and there’s demand for physical prints then rebadge and sell a commodity Bluetooth printer.
I mean, that might also lose novelty after a few uses, but it would always be a conversation starter and a cool thing to leave on your coffee table.
Though tbh, I'd vastly prefer a printer that just did this, not a camera. Then I can take normal photos with my phone, maybe even preview what the drawing might look like, and then print it with the draw printer.
Last year, I realized a "polaroid" photobooth robot which does some neural art style transfer. https://github.com/GistNoesis/Linn-Photobooth . It's kind of the opposite approach in term of complexity, but it's fun nonetheless.
Hopefully they could be unified when the more powerful Raspberry Model 8b+ is out in a few years.
> close the app using cntrl-C once the downloads have finished.
Weird that you can't detect this and bail out but I guess it's just a one-shot :-)
'How does it work daddy?'
'Well son, there is a little man inside the box...'
- my dad, circa some many decades ago, standard answer.
Actually my grandma on the other side of the family fully believed such things but that is another story.
You need not have a 'little man' inside the box, you could go with 'Kevin the autistic squirrel' or maybe something a bit more politically correct. You could even add temperament that way so the parent could explain with some credible make believe why 'Kevin' has drawn something random. Maybe add the randomness in so 'Kevin' gets bored/tired/petulant on occasion, adding in doodles or perhaps loving/kind words. Awareness of the purchaser's birthday and current location could add to the fun, to draw a side drawing of the Eiffel Tower if on holiday in Paris, rain clouds if it is raining etc.
The fun to be had...
"In this hole here is the camera lens. When you point it at something and press the button, the camera takes a picture. Then a little computer in here turns the picture into a drawing, and then the printer puts the drawing on paper, which comes out here." Bonus points for doing a teardown to show the parts.
Kids can be just as impressed by the real world as by made-up stories, and even things learned in early childhood can have long-lasting effects. For example, once I was sitting in physics class listening to the teacher and suddenly had a flashback of my father giving a much better explanation of the same thing when I was maybe 5 years old.
There is a good reason why we tell children about Father Christmas and don't tell them the truth of the realities of modern manufacturing techniques, the intricacies of finances and such like.
I think the major reason why parents prefer stories about Father Christmas is that they are familiar with the concept of a white-bearded guy climbing down chimneys to leave presents, but they could not explain how a factory robot works or how feedback loops in financial markets can lead to oscillation.
Of course you have to make sure the child is actually interested, but if it wants to know about the camera in TFA, then redirecting that interest towards a story about autistic squirrels just because you happen to find that hilarious doesn't seem like such a nice thing to me.
However, it is important to give younger children stories such as Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy and the like to stimulate their creativity and play. Not one single book in a primary school library is fact based. Children do not seem to be damaged by this. Nobody grows up mentally scarred because they learn that Santa is not real, with chips on their shoulders because they have been betrayed by their lying parents.
Fun is allowed and it does not have to be boring, mandatory, tedious lectures that daddy thinks are more 'educational'. Some people don't move on from playing games, some people will instinctively want to hack games and write their own. Furby style toys are okay, bags of resistors with instructions to build your own are not for all age groups.
The sun being a super-heated ball of plasma firing neutrinos right through you is no less enchanting or imagination provoking than magical explanations. Describing radio to pre-schoolers is challenging though.
Father Christmas is anathema to me. It doesn't appear to have had any deleterious effects at all with the creativity of our kids, we play make believe, we dress up, draw pictures, act and make fun.
Why lie? People give our kids presents with "from Santa" on, and we're happy to say who really gave it -- that there are people who think about you, care about you, spent money they worked hard for, that's a hugely awesome thing. Knowing you are part of such a community, and that they (the kids) can do positive things in their lives too - demonstrating care of, love for, or even just charity towards others - that's transformative IMO.
What a strange idea. Didn't your primary school have an encyclopaedia? Didn't you study any science or history then?
Or do we have a different idea of the age of children at primary school? Where I come from (southern England, born 1955) I was dissecting buttercups and sketching them at the age of nine or ten, demonstrating that pondweed generated some sort of gas by putting an upturned test tube above it, etc.
We studied history with reference to Roman roads and neolithic hill forts.
And of course we played loads of competitive sports.
Lots and lots of facts.
That would be a terrible library. Libraries for children are full of a wide range of books, including some that are pure fact.
You could even sell it to the Amish :)