The Mansfield Reporter is a simple device which can generate new text from some of history’s greatest authors. By pressing the red button, you will be shown a new passage from either Friedrich Nietzsche, William Shakespeare, or Gertrude Stein. Or, press the black button to combine all of the authors into one super-author, and generate a unique passage from their combined corpus of text.
The device digests a piece of literature by one of the authors, and builds a model of the words used in the text. A sentence is then created through a semi-random process where the next word is generated only based on the probability of it occurring after the current word. This process is called Markov chaining, and the implementation used here is the Markovify library, developed at BuzzFeed.
In this instance, all of the (python) code is running on a tiny Raspberry Pi, displaying through a tft screen from Adafruit. Using the Pillow image manipulation library, the device breaks the sentence into one-word chunks, and uses a randomly selected image from my set of Polaroid photographs as a background. So, what you eventually see is a combination of the random words and text, compiled in the moment. The system is flexible enough that the output could be an animated gif, or a large wallpaper size image, like this one from Shakespeare:
PiTFT Plus 480×320 3.5″ TFT+Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi – Pi 2 and Model A+ / B+: Is this not the cutest, little display for the Raspberry Pi? It features a 3.5″ display with 480×320 16-bit color pixels and a resistive touch overlay just like our popular original, but this one is engineered specifically to work with the Raspberry Pi 2 and the Model A+ / B+. The plate uses the high speed SPI interface on the Pi and can use the mini display as a console, X window port, displaying images or video etc. Best of all it plugs right in on top! Read more.
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