Buttons: A Blind Concept Camera

Buttons is a concept camera by Sascha Pohflepp that lacks traditional camera functionality. Rather than taking photographs, it displays photographs that other people took at the moment you pressed the button. Pohflepp explains,

Buttons takes on this notion of the camera as a networked object. It is a camera that will capture a moment at the press of a button. However, unlike a conventional analog or digital camera, this one doesn’t have any optical parts. It allows you to capture your moment but in doing so, it effectively seperates it from the subject. Instead, as you will memorize the moment, the camera memorizes only the time and starts to continuously search on the net for other photos that have been taken in the very same moment.

Essentially, it is a camera that – using a mobile communication device – takes other’s photos. Photos that were created by someone who pressed a button somewhere at the same time as its own button was pressed. Even more so, it reduces the cameras to their networked buttons in order to create a link between two individuals.

So how does it work? Flickr, of course! The SonyEricsson K750i inside the device contacts a server that searches Flickr for photographs taken at the requested moment. As soon as a match is found, it is transmitted to the “camera” and displayed on the screen. The press-to-view process could take a “few minutes or hours”.

(via Trend Hunter)

  • Drew Church

    I'm sorry, but this is a terrible idea. I am reminiscent of the “Jump to Conclusions Mat” scene in Office Space.

  • Michael Zhang

    Here's a link to the video in case anyone else was wondering ;-)

  • Drew Church

    I don't blame you Michael, you just share the bad ideas with us all. It's not a hugely terrible idea I guess if you're… I'm sorry, I can't think of a situation, experience or whatever where you'd want this device.

  • johnrite

    Sounds like one of those performance art pieces that you can't figure out if it's really deep and you just don't get it, or it's a joke and you just don't get it.

  • patrickahles

    How is this different than using advanced search in Flickr, and limiting the search to pictures taken on a specific date? I don't need a device for that…

  • Michiel

    This is a nice idea. This could be a cool experience device. If you project this idea into the future, it could be a time-machine. If you add a GPS-sensor to it, the device could show you pictures taken on that very same place, at the same time, but years back. You could be able to look a place and the way it has changed over time. And this using the huge databases of pictures, video and other data that are created nowadays on the internet. (Ow yeah, this could totally be an app for whatever platform you'd like, saves you the Sony Ericsson…) Great stuff!