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Microsoft has an AI image creator that is “powered by DALL-E.” Can it work to create images of hypothetical tools?
Let’s play around with it.
The first idea that came to mind is a Dewalt cordless drill in Milwaukee red colors. That seems easy enough, right?
This certainly has drill-like features, such as a handle, battery, trigger switch, chuck-like thing.
Where did the Dwlill brand name come from?
Here’s a Duvil drill-like thing. I guess the AI image isn’t identifying Dewalt as a brand name. There’s something interesting going on with the chuck, and the clutch looks immobile.
This one has air vents where they’d never go, and the trigger switch looks fixed in place.
The chuck is off-center. The handle looks to be in the style of Milwaukee’s M12 installation driver, but with a chunkier forward section. Is there where the battery is supposed to go?
Let’s try something simpler:
“Yellow drill making holes in wood.”
It looks like these could be real, if not for all of the ways they’re blatantly wrong.
How about a Milwaukee cordless drill in Dewalt yellow colors?
You can tell this is a cordless drill, albeit not a realistic one.
The basic geometry on all of these is correct, at least of you squint.
I think the problem is that the AI generator is mashing things together without recognizing there are discrete components.
For all of the renderings, the AI engine seems to assume the drill bit is part of the chuck.
This is what it thinks a “modern cordless power drill” looks like. They’re better than the other examples.
The AI image generator seems to do a better job with less specific queries.
As mentioned, the AI seems to treat drills as monolithic products, but they’re not; they’re assemblies of multiple parts.