'WTF Is That?' Facebook Messenger Bot Can Identify Objects In Pictures You Send It, So There Goes Your Productivity For The Day
Today in fun things to do when you're busy wasting time at work, there is now a Facebook Messenger bot that identifies objects in photos. The bot belongs to a page called WTF Is That?, which makes sense, considering how often we come across something in the middle of the day and wonder WTF it is — and I don't think I'm the only one who's going to have a lot of fun with it.
Anyway, here's the deal: All you have to do is go to the WTF Is That? page and send them a message. The friendly bot says hello and tells you to send it whatever picture your heart desires. Then, within a few minutes, the bot identifies the object in the picture. It can even provide possible brand names.
Now, this bot likely has its limits; for example, I perhaps started off with higher expectations than I should have and sent it a picture of a tomato chunk from my lunch. The bot's response? "Your image is a red and white surface." To be fair, it wasn't wrong... it just wasn't exactly right, either. So I started from the beginning. I looked around my apartment for potential test objects and settled on a colorful whisk I just purchased online. If you want to try this out yourself, here's how it works.
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First, grab your phone and go to the WTF Is That? Facebook page.
Click on "Send message" and be welcomed with a warm and fuzzy greeting.
I sent the picture of my beautiful whisk. Seriously, that's a nice whisk.
The bot notifies me that it's currently working on my image. Moments later...
I know. I know. It's mind-blowing. Not only did the bot know that it was a whisk, but it even specified the color. I'm half-surprised it didn't also pick up the carpet stains in the background.
So, it's a cool little invention to help pass the time. Good for teal whisks. Bad for tomato chunks (although in its defense, the bot wasn't technically wrong about that one...).
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