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Kindergarten-view Camera

Snap a picture. Picture of the scene, as drawn by a 5 year old, pops out
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Use this camera to take a picture of scene, such as house, family, dog, woods, etc. Instead of perfect image popping out, a stylized image, drawn in crayon and through the eyes of a 5-year old pops out.
mrfrondeur, Feb 01 2002

http://www.explodingdog.com http://www.explodingdog.com
Vast set of categorized links. Also includes the phrase "non-elephant biology". [technobadger, Feb 02 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

http://www.kurzweilcyberart.com/ [mrfrondeur, Feb 04 2002]

http://www.kurzweil...CATaaron/STAFsample [mrfrondeur, Feb 04 2002]

Stylized Depiction in Computer Graphics http://www.red3d.com/cwr/npr/
Vast set of categorized links. Also includes the phrase "non-elephant biology". [pottedstu, Feb 04 2002]

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       ACtually drawn in crayon, or printed with whatever digital or Polaroid process the camera would usually use?
hello_c, Feb 01 2002
  

       Croissant! But wouldn't you have to have an awfully small 5-year old to fit inside the camera?
beauxeault, Feb 01 2002
  

       Or a really big camera. (He didn't specify.)
waugsqueke, Feb 01 2002
  

       I'm concerned about the source of his 5 years-old eyes.
phoenix, Feb 01 2002
  

       As long as you don't feed him/her, the 5 year old will stay really small.
mighty_cheese, Feb 02 2002
  

       Maybe there could be plug-ins to simulate children with unusual gifts, spasticity, various developmental disorders, eerie psychic abilities, or unhappy pasts. Your photo might contain recognizable figures, or just streaks of red, or a dead relative of yours, or there might always be a little figure vomiting blackness somewhere in the frame.
Monkfish, Feb 02 2002
  

       Good. Really.
neelandan, Feb 02 2002
  

       It's close to the Holy Grail of new halfbakerness.
thumbwax, Feb 02 2002
  

       "I see stupid people...they're all around me. And they don't even know they're stupid!"   

       <Caption to a picture hanging all over in my tech-support office...>   

       This is an amusing idea...
StarChaser, Feb 02 2002
  

       "I see stupid people...they're all around me. And they don't even know they're stupid!"   

       there's another side to that, if you think about it.
po, Feb 02 2002
  

       Oh darn. I thought i t was going to be a camera that attaches to belt loops, so you could get a true kindergarten-eye-view of the world.
rebekkahshiri, Feb 02 2002
  

       That's what I expected, too, but I like this idea better.   

       This reminds me of the Far Side cartoon of Picasso as a child, with a mother and father and (I think) a sibling and dog, all with eyes and noses and mouths, etc. in bizarre places and orientations.   

       Also, with respect to the size of the child: The word "camera" comes from "camera obscura," which means "dark room." So as waugs notes, maybe it wouldn't have to be a bonsai boy after all.
beauxeault, Feb 02 2002
  

       Bravo, Messr Frondeur. An auspicious start. Croissant.
Guy Fox, Feb 02 2002
  

       This is bakeable. Most photo editing software has some novelty function that will transform your photos into a chalk or charcoal "drawing". I don't see how crayon would be too far off. There are digital cameras coming out now that have editing software built right in. You wouldn't get the interesting interpretations that [Monkfish] suggested, though.
dana_renay, Feb 04 2002
  

       Speaking as someone with children 4 and 6 years old (oh yes, and another one, 0 years old) I like this idea but can forsee problems capturing the spirit of playful surrealism which pervades children's invented artwork(as oppsed to that drawn from life). E.g. My 6-year-old daughter drew a picture yesterday showing a family of dragons and a coconut tree on a beach. Seagulls were flying past and the largest dragon had caught a seagull in its mouth. (Maybe I should scan this in to show you).
On the other hand, her drawings from life are quite accurate - although with childlike traits such as giving equal weight to all elements of the scene and having difficulty with perspective, which are both things which it might be possible to simulate with some cunning image-processing software.
hippo, Feb 04 2002
  

       Exploding dog! Thanks, I forgot about this site.   

       I've seen lots of digital image programs that can take a photo and do some sort of filter processing to add an artistic effect to it (e.g, Adobe can redo the image as a mosaic, or chalk / charcoal, trace outline, etc.) However, I think for this camera, I would need some sort of image recognition technology that actually can see the bunny in the photo, and redraw it. Check out the Kurzweil and Aaron links above!
mrfrondeur, Feb 04 2002
  

       So, at the end of the movie, does Bruce Willis discover he's been stupid all along?
waugsqueke, Feb 04 2002
  

       I think it would be really great if you could 'program' the camera by taking photos of your child's pictures. AI chip in the camera would learn your kid's style, and then he could take pictures that would come out like 'his'. Even down to the right signature. great. Croissant.
goff, Feb 04 2002
  

       Great points Steve DeGroof. Nighttime scenes would include a sky full of giant 5-point stars, sans moon. The ocean scenes would have all of the 2-dimensional creatures apparently floating on the surface. Depending on the "maturity" of the camera, the people in the pictures may or may not have bodies, i.e., early-year drawings might have the little stick arms and legs coming out of just a smiling head. You might want to have a little switch on the top (ranging from 3-year-old to 6-year-old) that let you manipulate this maturity level.
mrfrondeur, Feb 06 2002
  

       \\But wouldn't you have to have an awfully small 5-year old to fit inside the camera?\\   

       if you make the 5 yr old smoke 40 a day there's a fair chance it'll stay rather compact.
etherman, May 14 2004
  

       I've seen someone at a party come up and take polaroid pictures of someone, and out of the camera comes a picture he took of you months or days ago. Fun stuff.
normzone, Feb 18 2007
  

       Nice work!
Flying Doom Squid, Aug 29 2007
  
      
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