Making a silly game using Google Cloud Vision and Instagram

I was recently invited to the first alpha release of Google Cloud Vision, which is a game changing new API from Google. I can programmatically upload any picture and get this kind of stuff back:

  • Face detection, with pixel annotations of the corner of the mouth etc, plus unexpected values like sorrowLikelihood
  • Landmark detection, with LatLon polygon boundaries to real world landmarks
  • Logo detection
  • Text detection
  • Safe search detection, which can detect medical, nude and violent content

I wanted to dig right in, and decided to build a really silly little game. I call it Game Of Cats, and has nothing to do with Game of Thrones at all.

A user logs in using their Instagram credentials. My game engine starts polling all recent pictures from the people the user follows, and awards a point for every cat picture that occurs. The game goes on forever, without any interaction.

Screenshot 2015-12-08 22.35.28

I won’t bore you with details about how Instagram handles OAUTH, but you might be interested in how Google Cloud Vision wants to talk to an app like this? I built this quick and dirty as it should be, in PHP.

I would love to have the energy to build a WordPress plugin that adds a taxonomy to the media library, and automatically tags all uploaded images using Google Cloud Vision, but I don’t. Someone else will, and they write better code than I do anyway.

/Peder

Note: I can’t post the URL to the actual game, yet. The alpha’s terms and conditions prohibits me from deploying to production.

 

EP Social Widget – Tiny social widget for wordpress

When started, it is so much easier to continue. Today we have released our very tiny social wordpress widget. It is simple, this plugin will add and widget on your site in witch you can choose to display a RSS, Twitter, Facebook or Flickr icon, linked to you profiles or thoes sites and your sites RSS feed.

More information at the WordPress plugin directory.

Update Jan 13: Added Google Plus
Updated Jan 30: Added Youtube & rewriten CSS