A few weeks before the first ever Oracle sponsored Maker Faire, I was experimenting with some of the cognitive (vision) recognition APIs available. Google Vision API, Watson Visual Recognition and Microsoft Computer Vision API are some of the biggest players in this field right now.
After testing all of them I found the idea of Microsoft’s CaptionBot really compelling: Upload an image to the CaptionBot and it will try to come up with a coherent caption based on a mashup of three of their cognitive services (Computer Vision API + Emotion API + Bing Image API). I wrote an iOS app (with it’s own Swift framework) to consume this mashup and took it for a spin.
I gave my phone to my kids to test the app. They ran around the house and were truly amused by pointing the camera to an object and getting a description.
So when the call to create a project for Oracle Maker Faire with my kids came, we sat down and started brainstorming. The concept was still fresh on their minds; A computer could guess as close as possible to what an object is and even guess a facial expression. Read the complete article here.
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