Instagif: A Polaroid-like camera that can instantly print GIFs!
If you always wanted Harry Potter-style moving pictures, then your wish might have just come true! Abhishek Singh of Indian-origin, a New York University - Interactive Telecommunications Program alumnus, has built a Polaroid-like instant camera "Instagif NextStep" that prints animated images! The 3D-printed camera comprises a Raspberry Pi connected to a PiTFT screen. Know more about Instagif camera, which you can also DIY!
Abhishek wrote: "I built a camera that snaps a GIF and ejects a little cartridge so you can hold a moving photo in your hand! I'm calling it the "Instagif NextStep". It sounded like a fun challenge; I always wanted to hold a moving photo."
Simply put Instagif ejects a Polaroid film-sized LCD screen that plays the captured GIF. The GIF also gradually fades in just like a Polaroid photograph. However, the screen can retain the GIF only until another is recorded. Abhishek built the hand-designed, 3D-printed camera from scratch in four weeks. For those interested in making their own Instagif, he documented the entire DIY process on Imgur.
In Jan'17, Abhishek built a robot "Peeqo" that could entirely communicate via GIFs along with its regular Alexa conversations. About his robot, he said, "Peeqo sits at the intersection of three things I really love: building things, animated movies, and GIFs."