A Where's Wally-Finding Robot Is Here to Steal Your Toddler's Only Job

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Tired of that smug look of satisfaction on your kid’s face when they’re able to find Wally on a page faster than you can? A creative agency called RedPepper built a robot that levels the Where’s Wally playing field using a camera and machine learning AI to spot the striped traveller in as little as four-and-a-half seconds. Looks like you’re out of a job, little Billy.

Once the robot arm is in place, it snaps a high-res photo of a two-page Where’s Wally spread, and analyses it for recognisable cartoon human faces using the OpenCV computer vision programming tools. To actually spot Wally, the robot’s designers trained Google’s Cloud AutoML machine learning tool on a relatively small collection of 107 Wally

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