Bringing Artificial Intelligence to the Photo Booth


The photo booth is almost as old as the camera itself.

black and white photo booth showing open door
Black and white photo booth showing open door. Photo by Kevin Grieve

That makes a lot of sense when you consider how novel cameras were back when they first debuted and what better way to introduce people to the technology while also making a quick buck or two.

But not much has changed since the old days really except for the basic form and maybe some added functions. The core concept of box, booth, and quick snaps remains the calling card of this seeming relic in the age of the smartphone camera and selfie-taking capabilities.

Outsnapped hopes to change that with their AI-powered SnapShift.Ai AI Photo Booth. As the name implies, it uses artificial intelligence to enhance the traditional photo booth experience and is envisioned for everyone from everyday consumers to corporate events and more.

From the website:

“Imagine your attendees stepping into our photo booth. In an instant, AI springs into action, understanding their unique attributes and applying custom filters, backgrounds, and animations that fit your brand or event. What emerges isn't just a photo; it's a captivating, themed visual that echoes the spirit of your event.

With each snap, your attendees don't just get a photo – they receive a piece of the event to share and cherish. Every visual is a passport to social media engagement, expanding your event's reach and buzz with the click of a button.

But our AI photo booth doesn't stop at creating engaging visuals. It's your ticket to insightful analytics, tracking the number of photos taken, shared, and the overall attendee engagement. With these valuable metrics, you're equipped to measure your event's success and plan future ones with precision.”

Those are some pretty bold promises but it isn’t anything out of the realm of possibility as far as current AI is concerned. What is somewhat missing from this pitch is the potential impact that social media platforms and other services’ ever-evolving policies toward AI-generated content could have on this concept. In a few posts on this blog, we have outlined how some have banned AI content outright to others that have opted to develop a watermark and labeling system.

Whether or not consumers will be able to “spread the message” via social media etc. with content labeled as being AI generated is certainly a market test for our times and one that more than a few people will be watching.

Any thoughts you might have on AI are always welcome in the comments.

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Kehl is our staff photography news writer since 2017 and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing and you can get to know him better here and follow him on Insta.

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