Concept Camera Lets You Create Real-Life GIF Flip Books

Digital images from digital cameras have all but replaced the printed photos that we used to keep around as reminders of special moments. But the GIFTY camera is a kind of step backward in the realm of photographic technology, instantly producing a product that you can not only hold in your hands, but animate with a simple hand gesture.

Designed by┬áJiho Jang, the GIFTY is a burst-shot camera that takes picture after picture in a short amount of time. It works almost like a video camera, but with a slower frame rate. After you capture a short series of frames (from one to five seconds), you can print them out immediately via an integrated “zero-ink” printer.

The printed frames, each of them a moment in time, can then be stacked and assembled into a flip book. As you flip through the small images, they appear to be animated. It is almost the same as taking and then watching a video on your smartphone, but with a tangible product that you can hold in your hands and pass off to friends as unique gifts.

The GIFTY is just a concept at the moment, but with a little research and development we could soon be making real-life GIFs of all our memorable moments.

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