public poetry

April 1, 2016

Google Poetrics

Talk about crowd-sourcing! At the new Google facility under construction at King’s Cross, London, Poetrics is an interactive installation that translates voices into poetry. Three motion-activated microphones pick up voices and use Google’s speech recognition software to interpret the words, which are then displayed on a series of 17 LED panels. (The panels are arranged in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 words — not syllables — although the designers say that they were inspired by haiku.*) See more pictures and see the report on ITV news.
*For the down and dirty on 5-7-5, see this explanation.