AI image tool designs unique cameras as pop culture medleys

mathieu stern uses AI to create playful camera mashups

In the DALL-E . to lean artificial intelligence image generator trend, Mathieu Stern has a series of camera design as playful pop culture mashups. Drawing from historical figures, superheroes and iconic films, the photographer provided the AI ​​tool with short text input and received a collection of fascinating and extremely diverse designs that unfortunately are not real. The results include a camera made for pharaohs, a film camera that looks like R2-D2 and a Nintendo and polaroid collaboration.

photographer uses AI image tool to design cameras as unusual pop culture medleys
a movie camera made for pharaohs

all images courtesy of Mathieu Stern

a camera that looks like…

For this imaginative undertaking, Mathieu Stern (see more here) experimented with the new artificial intelligence imaging tool called DALL-E 2, also known as the ‘Picasso of AI’. The latest version of the system, released earlier in 2022, uses creative text prompts as input and produces even more realistic and accurate high-resolution images. Stern descriptions mention ‘a medium format camera that looks like’, followed by names of characters from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or the Marvel universe. Other descriptions suggest unexpected combinations, such as a Polaroid camera made of marble and wood, or a Polaroid x Nintendo blend.

Mathiew Stern shares most of these imaginative creations on his social media platforms, while also publishing a YouTube video describing how he uses the new technology. Some of the results look so appealing that Stern is calling on designers to join him and help him realize them. “If someone wants to help me design the Marty McFly camera in 3D, it would look super cool as a 3D printed decorative piece” he writes on an Instagram post.

photographer uses AI image tool to design cameras as unusual pop culture medleys
a medium format camera that looks like R2-D2

photographer uses AI image tool to design cameras as unusual pop culture medleys
a camera made by Aztec designers

photographer uses AI image tool to design cameras as unusual pop culture medleys
a collaboration between Nintendo and Polaroid

photographer uses AI image tool to design cameras as unusual pop culture medleys
Polaroid camera made of marble and wood

photographer uses AI image tool to design cameras as unusual pop culture medleys
a medium format camera similar to the One Ring

photographer uses AI image tool to design cameras as unusual pop culture medleys
a camera that looks like Marty McFly

photographer uses AI image tool to design cameras as unusual pop culture medleys
a medium format camera that looks like a Stormtrooper

photographer uses AI image tool to design cameras as unusual pop culture medleys
a medium format camera that looks like the Batman

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a medium format camera similar to the Iron Man

a medium format camera similar to the Iron Man

a medium format camera that looks like C3PO

a medium format camera that looks like C3PO

a medium format camera used on Shrek.  seems

a medium format camera used on Shrek. seems

a medium format camera similar to Obiwan

a medium format camera similar to Obiwan

a medium format camera similar to the Hulk

a medium format camera similar to the Hulk

a medium format camera similar to Darth Vader

a medium format camera similar to Darth Vader

project info:

name: Making insane cameras with artificial intelligence
designer: Mathieu Stern@mathieustern

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June 20, 2022

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