Are Robot Photographers Cool or a Threat?

8 years 5 months ago #260282 by PhotographyTalk


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Are cameras controlled by robots the way of the future? We already know that robotics are largely being used to make our cameras , but now there are many stories about robots taking over the human role of operating cameras as well. Robot photographers have been a hot topic in the news lately, from Reuters using robo cams at the 2012 London Olympic Games, to law enforcement teams planning to deploy unmanned surveillance drones in cities. Despite the issues of using robot photographers to capture news or enforce the law, there have also been developments in small scale robot cameras aimed at consumers.

Consider the Autographer , recently announced by the Oxford Metrics Group (OMG). It's a custom built hands-free camera that includes 5 sensors that take photos whenever there are changes in movement that indicate notable action. The results are meant to be natural and candid, and with its 136 degree wide view lens, the images look akin to those taken by GoPro units . If the specs of the Autographer sound familiar, recall for a moment the Microsoft SenseCam which debuted to the public about ten years ago. The SenseCam was meant to assist people with memory problems in easily recording their daily life through a wearable camera. OMG developed an updated, consumer-driven version of the SenseCam in the form of the Autographer.

Currently, the Autographer is also available on a very limited basis, and is also a pricey unit, costing $650. While the Autographer is definitely being marketed by OMG as a fun and casual way to document one's life, it could also be used to assist those with memory problems or for safety enforcement. Think about law enforcement officials wearing a unit like the Autographer; a Seattle- based crime fighter already does , for better or for worse. Cases like this could either help settle a lot of disputes, or lead to privacy issues.

What do you think about the possible rise of robot photographers and automated photo devices? Are they a cool use of technology, or are the possibilities of abusing the privileges too high for comfort?


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8 years 5 months ago #260283 by KCook
Shoot, I would LOVE to have one of those flying camera drones -

www.infowars.com/seattle-police-to-roll-...th-infrared-cameras/

The better it could fly itself, the more I could pay attention to camera operation.

buzz lightyear

Canon 50D, Olympus PL2
kellycook.zenfolio.com/

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8 years 5 months ago #260289 by PMurphy
If I was a sports photographer I would be nervous at this site:




www.wired.com/rawfile/2012/07/olympic-ro...ms-reuters/?pid=3054


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8 years 5 months ago #260292 by Dori
I don't really think this would be a threat. Consider Robotic Welding. Used in many applications however the human touch is still needed quite often. :thumbsup:

Don't pi$$ me off, I am running out of room to store the bodies...

Resident Texasotan...

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8 years 5 months ago #260304 by effron
Shades of the player piano...... :unsure:

Why so serious?
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8 years 5 months ago #260318 by One Wish
I wonder how responsive those robots are? Like if you need to focus quickly, is there any delay?


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8 years 5 months ago #260361 by Stealthy Ninja
In most TV studios they have robotic cameras (especially for things where they have set cameras like the news). They still need an operator, even if their job is only pushing buttons and adjusting it occasionally.

Heck even the Mars Rover type dealies need to receive commands or programming from earth.

It'll be a long time before a robot can photograph a wedding/event.

I'm not worried at all. There will be a need for a human operator for quite a few years yet.

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8 years 5 months ago #260673 by Lillian Harges
Doesn't the NFL have robotics controlling many of their cameras currently?


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8 years 5 months ago #260798 by Archie
Makes you appreciate what you have


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