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Picture Frame Digital Camera

Hold the camera in front of you to "frame" your shots.
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Inspired by HP’s “Picture Book” series of commercials for their digital imaging products [link].

This Picture Frame Digital Camera (PFDC) would measure roughly 6”x 8” x 0.5” – a little larger than a DVD case – and would be made of a light, strong metal like aluminum or titanium. The front of the PFDC would be typical camera stuff: lens, flash and sensors. On the other side of the camera, you’d find a large 5”x7” high-resolution LCD display. Basically, an LCD display with a 0.5” metal frame.

A sensor in the frame would measure the camera’s distance from the photographer’s face. This is the camera’s zoom control. To take a picture, hold the PFDC in front of you. Your subject would appear on the display so that it looks as though you are holding an empty metal frame in front of you; as if the camera (except the frame) were transparent. The zoom is calibrated so that as you move the PFDC toward or away from you, the illusion of a transparent camera is maintained.

When your subject is framed the way you want, snap the picture. Shutter controls are in the corners of the frame.

harebrained, Dec 09 2004

HP Digital Photography http://www.hp.com/h.../hpads/tvpromo.html
View the commerical [harebrained, Dec 09 2004]

Baked. http://www.gizmodo....concepts-022480.php
Gizmodo gives the rundown. [JeremiahBritt, Dec 09 2004]

More details http://translate.go...01%2Fkyokai29%2Ehtm
[Worldgineer, Dec 09 2004]


FarmerJohn, Dec 09 2004

       Can I have a model with ornate wooden carving, covered in gold leaf?
hippo, Dec 09 2004

       The commercial didn't propose a camera. I don't think WTCTTISITMWIBNIIWR applies when TTISITM is just an inspiration for an idea.   

       Very good idea, [hare].
Worldgineer, Dec 09 2004

       You can bake it with a see-through laptop they use for projectors nowadays
theircompetitor, Dec 09 2004

       [Brau], I *did* review the help file before posting this idea, and I very deliberately evaluated my idea agsinst the WTCTTISITMWIBNIIWR rule. I felt, and still feel, that I didn't violate the rule.   

       I will readily admit that I am a newbie here, however, and if I'm indeed violating the rule, I can accept that, but I would appreciate an explanation.
harebrained, Dec 09 2004

       This is two thirds baked. Fuji came out with a concept camera like this earlier this year (see link).
JeremiahBritt, Dec 09 2004

       Nice idea, shame it's been baked.   

       Actually, no it isn't. It's *great* that it's been baked - how cool is that?
wagster, Dec 09 2004

       Baked? Dang. After it turns out my previous idea was baked, I scoured the 'Net to make sure I didn't submit a baked (or even close to baked) idea. I couldn't find anything, but that Fuji camera prototype is pretty much what I was proposing.   

       Sorry folks.
harebrained, Dec 09 2004

       Don't be sorry. I think it's a fine idea and one that's plausible but not too obvious nor widely known to exist. You didn't violate any rules at all as the thinking behind your invention appears original, at least to me.   

       Yes, Fuji has been thinking in the same space, too, but their concept is not a picture frame that takes its own pictures but a minimalist camera design. The Fuji concept mockup is nice looking, though, and serves as a decent rough illustration for this idea.   

       I really like the HP commercial, too.
bristolz, Dec 09 2004

       yours is better than theirs anyway, nice work [hare].
neilp, Dec 10 2004


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