OTTO: this retro-styled, hackable camera lets you crank out GIFs. Literally.
posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 11:54 AM EDT
Here's to "OTTO" – the world's first Raspberry Pi-based photo-video hybrid GIF camera that is fully hackable, customizable, and connectible!
Using an intuitive shutter-control hand crank, a respectable 35mm f/2.0 lens, and a wifi-connected smartphone app, OTTO meets all of your GIF-recording desires… and more. The Oakland-based designers of OTTO – Thomas Deckert, Dave Rauchwerk, and Gustavo Huber – developed the hardware with hopes of promoting a community library for new user-sourced modes, tricks, and add-ons. The possibilities are endless, with ideas ranging from an Arduino-powered FlashyFlash add-on to saturation control using sound as a variable input.
With its chic retro design and ample nod to the software development community, this is a promising find for anyone looking to up their game in the world of digital photography and computing. It's no DSLR substitute, but for $199 it promises endless entertainment for any custom design enthusiast.
You can find and contribute to the ongoing Kickstarter project here!