Today I caught the demos from this weekend’s Photo Hack Day. The idea was to bring together developers and designers to hack the future of photography. Teams worked throughout the weekend on their prototypes (maybe it should be called Photo Hack Weekend) and then demoed what they had created on Sunday afternoon. Hosted by EyeEm at PLATOON KUNSTHALLE, it was very well attended with a number of “partners” also participating (Facebook, Getty Images, Nokia).
Despite just coming together on Friday night, it’s amazing what the teams pull together. There were a lot of cool apps and here are a couple of my personal favorites:
- Photo Flight – represents all your pictures in an aggregate visual 3D layout that you can literally “fly through” – navigate around & zoom in/out to experience your photos in a unique way. Pretty cool and it’s all done in the browser (no flash)
- Tourist Eraser - removes those “other tourists” that wander into the pictures you’re taking (could be very useful)
- Visual Weather – takes weather data and provides you with a visual pictorial context of what the city you’re in will likely look like outside along with what people are wearing on those types of days
- BeerEye – team from Poland that built an app for taking a picture of the beer you’re drinking, recognizing what brand it is, and posting a photo along with some text in your Facebook feed. The next day it also lets you see all the beers that you drank the night before.
As an aside, I’ve only been to a handful of hackathons, but there always seems to be a continual stream of technical issues around getting devices to work properly during the demos. Seems to be the nature of the beast, no matter where they are held. With all the smart people doing cool things out there, the basics of getting different technology/devices to work together in real-time either via smarter devices/drivers is still not there.
UPDATE 27SEP12: Here were the winning hacks: 1st place: Helmut, the fastest film scanner in the world; 2nd place: Tourist eraser; 3rd place: Visual Weather.