For some time I have been itching to find something to use Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for. One day while putting together a presentation I finally found something I could use it for. I needed a specific picture for a presentation and could find some that were similar to what I needed but could never find the specific image I was looking for.
After wasting over an hour searching online I decided it was no longer worth my time or the brain numbing boredom to continue looking myself. I setup a HIT on the Mechanical Turk and spun the wheel to see what I would get.
Here is the form I filled out to setup the HIT:
Here is the image I used as an example to show what I was looking for:
And here are the links that I received from the HITS:
Total cost: $ 1.65
Total time: 20 minutes. Since it was my first time it took a few minutes to figure out the setup for the description and to put money into an account to pay for HITS.
Considering I had searched for over an hour before using the Mechanical Turk, the $1.65 was money well spent.