This Interesting Concept Camera Splits in Two, Makes Sure Nobody Is Left Out


The downside to being the photographer in any given group is that you inevitably wind up being left out of the majority of the photos. One simple little student concept camera seeks to change that by splitting in two and allowing both subject and photographer to take a picture at the exact same time.

The camera is called The Duo, and it’s a concept cam put together by Innovation Design Engineering student Chin-Wei Liao, who is currently attending the Royal College of Art in London. He’s put together several working prototypes as the camera has evolved, and what started out as a pretty massive brick has turned into a manageable-sized camera.

Here’s a demo video:

As you can see, the name of the game is simplicity. There are only two buttons on each of the two halves (which are held together by a pair of magnets): one for shutter, and another to turn off the dual camera mode. When one shutter presses, both cameras take a picture — it’s as easy as that.


Liao calls it a “binary” camera, and he’s excited to add another dimension to the photographic process. “[Duo] invites people to engage the photo-taking process,” says Liao. “By being both photographer and subject at the same time, it enables people to have fun documenting and being documented.”

To learn more about the Duo, check out the demo video above or head over to Liao’s blog here.

(via Gizmodo)

  • Abacus

    Why not just use a wireless remote?

  • Abacus

    Why not just use the self-timer that came with your camera?

  • omgthisisgenius

    I’ve been dying to have a camera without exposure or focus controls that I can carry in addition to my cameraphone and SLR just so I can have pictures of myself taking pictures. This thing will sell like hotcakes!!!

  • chubbs

    Guys, he’s an industrial design student. They do these as projects to show they can develop ideas. So cut it with the “WHY NOT JUST USE X” stuff.

  • Dave

    Why not just let everyone post the comment of their choice?

  • ratso rizz

    Why not just order a bologna sandwich out of fear?

  • 9inchnail

    Why not Zoidberg?

  • David Portass

    Why won’t it let me up rate the “Why not Zoidberg?” more than once!!!