AI-powered ‘Poetry Camera’ transforms photos into poems in world first

The lines between tech and artistic flair are blurring.
  • This camera can turn the images it captures into poetry
  • It’s powered by AI -technology
  • Choose between sonnets, free verses, and haiku

Published on Apr 24, 2024 at 7:19PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 25, 2024 at 6:58PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain
AI-powered Poetry Camera

Proving that a picture is worth a thousand words, the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) technology is turning what its lens sees into verse – introducing the Poetry Camera.

Dubbed on its creators’ website as ‘a new way to make memories — away from screens, notifs, and apps’ – it’s certainly captured people’s imagination.

Kelin Carolyn Zhang and Ryan Mather are the minds behind the camera, who decided to merge their loves for tech and the arts.

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It’s an open-source project that merges the cutting-edge technology of AI with artistic flair in a way that will be accessible to those of us hoping to capture a moment as never before.

While the Poetry Camera very closely resembles a typical Polaroid camera, it uses the visual input it receives from the world around itself and transforms it into poems that vividly describe the shot that was captured in a thought-provoking way.

The unprecedented device is owned by a Raspberry Pi single-board computer.

Merging the hardware device with AI software, the computer uses OpenAI’s GPT-4 model.

Crucially the new AI technology is then able to analyze aspects of the photo, including colors, patterns, significant elements, and even emotions.

Users can select forms of poetry including sonnets, free verses, and haiku.

In other camera news, the world’s fastest can shoot at 156.3 trillion frames per second.

“We don’t save any of the images or the poems digitally. There are a few reasons for that: One, it’s easier. Two: privacy. Three, it adds extra meaning to the poems if they’re like these ephemeral sorts of artifacts. If you lose it, it’s gone,” Mather told Tech Crunch.

“Everyone has a camera in their pocket through their cell phone now — we wanted to do something very different,” the creators concluded.

In other AI news, Nike has revealed its futuristic new sneakers designed using the technology.

Interest in the Poetry Camera has skyrocketed both on Instagram and TikTok, however, Zhang and Mather have yet to decide on the future of their invention for the mass market.

“After the first 100 times people asked, we said, ‘We’re not selling it,’ but after 101 questions, we started thinking about it in more detail, wondering if we should be making it available to people,” said Zhang.

“But at the same time, it’s an art project, you know? Our initial response was to leave capitalism out of it.”

While this is a fairly lighthearted use of AI, strides are being made in more serious channels, including the world’s largest neuromorphic computer which was made by Intel to mimic the human brain.

What’s more, this Nvidia AI superchip will be ‘the world’s most powerful’.

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