Who knew we needed a polaroid, which could print doodled versions of a picture?
The charm of the doodle and cartoons has finally inspired a photography revolution.
Photographs are art, or can be made into art, it’s all the same for creator Dan Macnish. His camera wears a lens of a different kind, which can transform real-life spectacles to doodled stick figures. The AI-powered polaroid camera, Draw This, churns out cartoons instead of the real picture. Essentially, a picture with your best friend will be magically transformed into two stick figures you won’t stop raving about.
The camera has been powered with Google’s Quick, Draw! dataset to catalogue several cartoons and store them in the processor. More than 50 million stick drawings have been extracted from the collection and have helped laid down the foundation for the camera. This weaves a programme, which allows the network to instantly recognise the objects of the image taken. The camera is fitted with a Raspberry Pi chipset, which develops the transformed image using neural network and prints through thermal printing.
Devoid of a viewfinder or a preview, the idea is to point at the object, click, and out comes a cartoon drawing of it. Being a polaroid (or an instant camera), the original image fails to be saved and what remains is an abstract transformation of the picture, with no link to what the real object is.
Stemming from a project to use neural networks for object identification, the camera can amuse you with its unpredictable artwork of real-life muses. The hand-drawn pictures are a keepsake all the same, and never fail to remind us that doodles never go out of trend.