WHAT IS WORDSEYE?


Wordseye is a first-of-its-kind web and mobile application that lets you literally Type a Picture™ using simple language. With Wordseye, you can turn words into art, visual opinion, greetings, cartoons, and and banter with these images on our site and over social media.
IS WORDSEYE A SOCIAL NETWORK?
WordsEye is a new kind of Social Network for creative expression and "visual banter". Once you create a scene, it can be shared to the WordsEye Gallery or other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Reddit. But unlike any other form of visual media, Wordseye scenes are infinitely malleable. They can be clicked on, edited with language, seen from a different angle. The ability to quickly create and edit scenes makes communicating and expressing yourself with pictures almost as easy as sending a text message.
HOW DOES WORDSEYE WORK?


WordsEye works by parsing text input into a semantic representation which is then rendered as a 3D scene. This process relies on a large database for linguistic and world knowledge about objects, their parts, and their properties.
Wordseye is a web application that works in any browser without special software or plugins -- the rendered scene is can be viewed from any angle. A set of 2D filters can be applied to the scene to add a painterly or illustrated look. All computation is done on a scalable cloud infrastructure where scenes are rendered (ray tracing) in near real-time using state-of-the-art GPU hardware.
WHO ARE FOUNDERS OF WORDSEYE?
  • Bob Coyne is inventor and Chief Technologist at WordsEye. He has a PhD in computational linguistics at Columbia University. Bob has previously worked on computer graphics and user interfaces at AT&T Research, Nichimen Graphics and Symbolics.

  • Gary Zamchick has done countless drawings in the New York Times, illustrated the best-selling "French for Cats" book series, and designed the experience for everything from a Disney World parade to innovation labs for Coca-Cola. He teaches "Creative Application Studio" in the Computer Science department at Columbia University and recently served as Strategic Designer in Residence at Cornell Tech.

  • Daniel Bauer has a PhD in computational linguistics at Columbia University. He is also Lecturer in Discipline in Computer Science at Columbia University. For more information visit his home page

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF USING LANGUAGE TO CREATE SCENES?
Most 3D graphics authoring systems allow scenes to be created by invoking complicated dialog boxes and directly manipulating the graphical elements. While this provides a high level of control, it can often be a long and tedious process that requires extensive training and artistic skill. As a result, while 3D artists can create almost anything they can imagine, the rest of us are cut off from that experience.
By using language, anyone can describe 3D scenes very quickly and easily. WordsEye unlocks and democratizes the incredible power of 3D graphics by making it accessible to everyone. In addition, the rapidity of making scenes with language enables opens up 3D graphics to be used in new contexts for instant messaging and visual banter. Textually generated of senes are also very suited to mobile devices, voice interfaces, and ultimately VR where screen space for graphical GUIs is limited or nonexistent.
WHAT ARE EDUCATIONAL USES FOR WORDSEYE?
Wordseye gives students the experience of seeing their words spring to life. This has application in ESL, EFL, special needs education (e.g. autism), art instruction, creative writing, and literacy skills education (vocabulary, spelling, size and distance words, etc.). We have formally tested WordsEye in the classroom with 6th grade students. Student pre/post-trial writing samples showed statistically significant growth in writing and literary response for WordsEye group. Students also reported that WordsEye helped them imagine and visualize stories.
We are working towards the creation of an "education portal" and are currently discussing educational pilots with several K-12 schools. Interested parties can reach us at type-a-picture@wordseye.com
USAGE RIGHTS OF WORDSEYE SCENES
Please read our Terms of Service regarding the use of WordsEye scenes: https://www.wordseye.com/help/legal/terms-of-service
Top level: Anyone is permitted to use WordsEye scenes for non-commercial purposes only. So if you have a great idea for a game or interactive piece and it is not a commercial product you are good to go. We would ask that you credit WordsEye in the game.
Note also, to insure the most creative and interactive use of WordsEye scenes all WordsEye users grant other users and WordsEye a royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license, under your intellectual property rights, to copy, reformat, index, modify, display, distribute and put to commercial and other uses the rights to the use your scenes.
We are considering options for granting commercial usage rights associated with Wordseye scenes.
WHERE DOES WORDSEYE CONTENT COME FROM?
We have relationships with 3rd Party content vendors and are creating our own as well.
If you are a content provider or if there is content you'd like the system to have, please write us attype-a-picture@wordseye.com
CAN 3D ARTISTS UPLOAD THEIR MODELS TO WORDSEYE?
Currently users are able to upload their own photos and use them in their scenes. In the future, we will also allow users to upload their own 3D models into the system. We are discussing a variety of options for this. Please write us at type-a-picture@wordseye.com if you are interested in uploading your 3D models onto the system.
CAN I FOLLOW WORDSEYE ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
@wordseye www.facebook.com/wordseye type-a-picture.tumblr.com/
WHO CAN I WRITE TO FOR MORE INFORMATION?
User questions, press, partner, and investment queries can be sent to type-a-picture@wordseye.com
WHAT IS YOUR PRIVACY POLICY?
https://www.wordseye.com/help/legal/privacy-policy
Can people see my portfolio?
No, users can only see what you publish to the WordsEye Gallery or scenes where you add a permalink.
Can people copy my scenes? (Attribution) - how to hide/unhide text?
Users have the option to keep their input text private even when sharing a scene itself. Any scene that is posted to the Gallery or made public via a permalink can be copied by other users if the original scene's text is disclosed. When a scene is copied from another scene and then posted to the gallery, the new scene will display a small thumbnail in the bottom right hand corner, showing where it was derived from. This way users can riff on each others scenes while still crediting the original artist.
If you do not want users to open your scene or see your text then you must click the undisclosed option underneath Input text in the Title, effects or share page.
Can I use my scenes for commercial use?
The Wordseye terms of service currently grants our users the rights only to personal and non-commercial use of their scenes.
When do scenes become Trending vs. New vs Top?
Scenes are voted up by the star on the right upper corner of the scene viewing page.
  • Trending is determined by a combination of the number of votes and comments a scene has received recently.
  • Top is determined by total number of votes a scene has received.
  • New sorts scenes by how recently they were created
How do scenes get in the WordsEye Newsletter?
Every week we pick a set of scenes to feature in our newsletter. The scenes are added to previous featured scenes in the WordsEye Gallery. The artists who created those scenes will be given 50 tokens that can be used on Premium features.
How can I give feedback?
We’d love to hear from you. Email us type-a-picture@wordseye.com
What happens if I forgot my password or login name?
If you forgot your password or login name, click here to reset it. After entering your email address and submitting the request, you will be sent an email allowing you to reset your password