A Redditor invented a new device which works perfectly in combing old-school, retro camera technology with some of the latest trends, in this case, GIFs.
It is considered that there are quite a few people that would like to hold a GIF in their hands, maybe even recreate some of Harry Potter’s magical photos. While this was considered quite impossible, this new invention goes to show that it might be closer within reach than believed.
The Instagif Blends Polaroid Technology With Printing, and GIFs
This latest invention belongs to a Redditor named Abhishek Singh. He reportedly came up with the idea after pondering the possibility of holding “a GIF in the hand”.
Singh names a Polaroid OneStep camera, the SX-70, as his source of inspiration. In designing his new device, he even kept some of this retro but still appreciated tech’s features.
According to the post, the Redditor needed some four weeks to build his Instagif camera, starting from scratch. He considers that now, as he has the system ‘worked out’, this could be built in even half the time.
Singh modeled, and then 3D printed the camera on his own. He then used a Raspberry Pi in both his camera and the cartridge. The result is a GIF which can be held in the hand, one that also has some retro features.
Namely, just like an old-school Polaroid photo, this GIF is programmed to slowly fade in. After that, it will start playing at the regular frame rate as the GIF begins to loop.
Still, the Instagif basically works by ejecting a Polaroid-sized LCD which plays back the latest recorded GIF, instead of printing film, like its inspiration. The GIF also only lasts until a new one is taken.
Singh’s project might not be terribly useful, but most other Redditors agreed that it is fun, amusing, and cute.
Singh even went and uploaded an Imgur album in which he explains the step-by-step method of building the camera for viewers looking to build one themselves. The necessary codes were released on GitHub.
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