Hackaday Prize Entry: Memes

Snap, Inc., the company behind Snapchat, is branding itself as a hardware company. What hardware does Snap make? Spectacles, or a camera attached to a pair of sunglasses. Snap, Inc. has a market value of around $30 Billion USD.

For his Hackaday Prize entry, [William Glover] is building a device that’s easily worth $100 Billion. It’s called SnappCat, and it’s a machine learning, AI, augmented reality, buzzword-laden camera that adds memes to pictures of cats. Better get in on the Series A now because this is ????????????.

Here’s the use case for SnappCat. Place a small device containing a camera and some sort of WiFi chip. During the day, this device will take pictures. If the device recognizes your cat in a picture, it adds a meme (we assume this means text, probably using the Impact typeface), and sends it to your mobile device. Just imagine sitting in a meeting at work. Your phone buzzes, you look at the message, and you laugh uproariously. Yes, you can has fud Mr. Pibbles, you can has so much fud.

This is the height of technology. That’s not to say landing on the moon or building a civilization on Mars isn’t a superior technological achievement. SnappCat is simply the best technology humanity will every produce because it’s all downhill from here.

That said, this is a pretty interesting problem. A small, cheap device that does image recognition is hard, and adding memes is just the cherry on top. We can’t wait to see where this project goes, and it’s a great entry to the Best Product portion of the Hackaday Prize.

13 thoughts on “Hackaday Prize Entry: Memes

  1. Interesting, indeed!.

    These guys seem to be using a bunch of nice tech with the *wrong* purpose; image processing, A.I, embedded linux and cats: that all could be retrofitted to make a self-guided rocket land back to earth!.

    I’m loving it

  2. I dont have a cat, but I will go to the local rescuecenter and buy one if this gets real.
    (you can have a cat for free, but since they spend som money on each cat, you also can pay any ammount you want for one)

    I might buy them a SnapCat too, they have about 60 cats that needs homes, they could use a steady stream of cat memes to advertise them with!

  3. Yeah, Now just REPLACE the “Cat” target with “Rat”, and send all the recognition data to a site that shows how BAD the city I live in deals with hordes of rats big enough to eat your face off! (I’m in S.E. Asia BTW). As for the Meme, in the Rat-Cam it’s very simple: Kill Kill Kill! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to jam a bunch of towels under my bedroom door before I turn in for the night.

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