Cameras have become wonderfully mindless to use. Thanks to the large screen of the modern smartphone, a real-time image preview and a lot of smart back-end processing, it’s hard to take a lousy photo of anything. Just frame a shot, and whatever you see is yours forever.
But imagine if you didn’t even need your cell phone. The Ubi-Camera, by researchers at IAMAS, may be the most organically designed gadget in photography’s century-old history. It’s a camera that fits on your finger, allowing you to frame a shot with your fingers alone. To zoom in or out, just move your hands closer or further from your eyes and the camera will adjust the shot to match. (Technically, the Ubi-Camera is using IR to measure the distance from the user’s face at all times, and it digitally zooms in and out accordingly.)
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