Our photos are filled with gobs of metadata, but it’s mostly useless stuff to anyone but pro photographers. It identifies the camera the photo was taken on and all of its settings, but it can’t tell us anything else. Was it raining in the photo? Was it taken on the beach? This is all mineable data for search engines that it’s up to us to categorize. The Descriptive Camera is a project by Matt Richardson, and it’s essentially a webcam glued to a printer and some additional processing equipment. But when it takes a photo, rather than printing an image, it prints out text descriptions, such as: “Looks like a cupboard that is ugly and old. having some plates on it with a lamp attached to it.” (via Camera Describes Pictures Instead Of Taking Them, Using Crowdsourcing | Co.Design: business innovation design)

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