Turning words into images: New app renders text into 3D scenes (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
After running a beta trial version of the software, WordsEye has now been featured on website Product Hunt, which has presented an impressive collection of users’ creations.
“…The canyon is tall. An enormous chocolate cake is three feet to the left of the dinosaur…”
Users have played around with the Web and mobile app and the results are as trippy as you would expect.
Everything created with WordsEye can be shared using social media, or saved to the app’s gallery. There’s even an official Tumblr page highlighting some of the best masterpieces.
As fun as it already is, WordsEye CEO Gary Zamchick believes there is more potential to the creation.
“WordsEye is primarily an online creative visual expression tool, but we think education is another very interesting application - as an aid to literacy and helping students reach their expressive potential, and also for foreign language learning. And down the road it could potentially be used in VR and gaming,” Zamchick said.
The technology behind the curious app is called statistical parsing - a syntactic analysis within natural language processing, associating grammar rules with probability. It formats words into a language the computer can understand to create corresponding images. This process relies on a large database of linguistic and global knowledge about objects and their parts and properties.
Although WordsEye creators haven’t yet given an official release date for the app on iOS and Android, or the Web application, the beta version is already up and running and users can sign up to try it out for themselves.