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!
The Instagif Camera
Abhishek Singh on Imgur
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."
Was inspired by the Polaroid OneStep, says Abhishek
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.
Singh built robot that responds in GIFs
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."