I was admiring these ultra-thin phones on Engadget (despite the depressing story that accompanied the photo), when I began to think about society’s fixation on thin electronics. And then I thought about what kind of ultra-thin gadget I would make, eventually settling on a camera concept that is styled like an instant film (aka Polaroid film).
One would think that such a camera would be the holy grail of thin cameras, at least for those who remember Polaroids. If you’re asking what a Polaroid is, begone with you! Go back to Club Penguin.
And with tablets being so commonplace, this novel device is easily capable of being made today. It would be the size of a standard polaroid film (4.25″ by 3.25″), and probably a 4-5mm thick.
Just for laughs, I’d probably design a protective case for it shaped like an old Polaroid camera that you can insert this into (and eject). As an option, the menu interface and each picture would ‘fade from white’, to look like it is being developed. Maybe add a ‘shake’ feature to help speed up photo ‘processing’, like the old days.
Sadly, the Polaroid corporation is practically dead. But at least that opens the door to another electronics company making a camera like this with little red tape to deal with.
I think there is a lot of appeal for a camera like this, as it not only carries nostalgic currency, but it celebrates a once common way to take pictures, albeit in cheeky fashion.