Niklas Roy, a self-proclaimed inventor of “useless things,” has finished his latest project simply titled the “Electronic Instant Camera,” which harkens back to photography and technology of old. His description of the invention as “useless” may be accurate as it won’t be replacing your point-&-shoot anytime soon, but it’s still entirely awesome in its own geeky right.
Some of my earliest memories in the world of photography involve Polaroid instant cameras. You take a picture and within minutes, it’s fully developed. The “Electronic Instant Camera” takes a similar approach to this concept though it doesn’t quite live up to its “Instant” namesake. Niklas has equipped the camera with a thermal receipt printer, a cheap roll of paper, and only 1 KB of SRAM. Such a small amount of memory makes taking successful pictures a very long process. The subject must sit still for around 3 minutes while the camera captures one line of image and prints it out, then repeating these steps until the entire image is captured.
Niklas has put together a short video showing the process in action.
Not entirely practical but the fact that he built it himself is pretty inspiring! We encourage this kind of geekiness! Niklas Roy has an archive of other tech goodies that he’s put together on his website, niklasroy.com.
If you’d like to see more of the “Electronic Instant Camera” and the pictures it takes, check out his picasa album.