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What is the Poetry Camera all about? Keep reading and you’ll be left in no doubt…

We’ve all been there…

At some point in our lives – more likely on multiple occasions – we’ve admired a breathtaking scene that’s laid out in front of us.

Of sparkling coastline. Towering, snow-capped peaks. A world-famous, pinch-me-I’m-here tourist attraction.

We’ve gazed outwards with twinkling eyes and immediately thought to ourselves: ‘The only thing that could make this moment any better would be a poem that encapsulates this very sight before me.’

Well, thanks to the beauty of tech, your dreams have been answered.

We’d like to introduce you to the Poetry Camera – an AI-powered, open-sourced device that does exactly what it says on the tin.


Person standing on a craggy mountain looking across at a view of more mountains within the Manang Valley in Nepal.

What’s wrong with this picture? Yep, no poem. Credit: Simon English on Unsplash.

Poetry Camera Utilises GPT-4

Bearing a resemblance to the Polaroid camera, the red-and-white-coloured creation turns images captured by its sensor into printable poems.

It achieves this with the assistance of a Raspberry Pi single-board computer that encapsulates the desired scene and then communicates with OpenAI’s GPT-4 to craft the poetry.

As the novel device utilises open-source tech, users can opt to receive a poem of various styles – from free verse to haiku – tailored to their preferences, and based on their ability and willingness to interact with the source code.

The Poetry Camera is the brainchild of Kelin Carolyn Zhang and Ryan Mather, who merely set out to create an art project that has since generated widespread interest.

“Everyone has a camera in their pocket through their cell phone now – we wanted to do something very different,” Mather told TechCrunch.

“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.”

The Poetry Camera is not commercially available at this point, but Zhang and Mather have not ruled out manufacturing the product at scale.

Good news for the tech savvy, though… the duo has shared the instructions online. So, coupled with the camera’s use of open-source tech, you could theoretically make your own version.


Person dressed in a yellow raincoat standing in the middle of a road while holding a Polaroid camera.

The Poetry Camera gives off Polaroid vibes. Credit: Izzy Gerosa on Unsplash.

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