January 08, 2006

Bizarre cam o’ the day

Well, you don’t see this every day: satuGO (“See Aim Throw captUre & GO”) aims to create a bouncable digital camera for “combining your love for bouncing balls and your obsession for taking pictures.” (Hmm… “It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping!“) Sadly, the site doesn’t feature shots taken with the device, but I can’t help but be intrigued. As a kid I used to fool with my parents’ old 35mm, holding the shutter open while spinning a flashlight on a lazy susan. And with a fair number of people tossing cameras to produce interesting shots, maybe there’s a market for this after all. [Via]

Posted by John Nack at 5:25 PM on January 08, 2006

Comments

  • Barry Pearson — 2:20 AM on January 09, 2006

    You say: “As a kid I used to fool with my parents’ old 35mm, holding the shutter open while spinning a flashlight on a lazy susan”.
    Here are lots I took over 40 years ago, then enhanced in Photoshop recently. (Also, a few with Java effects). Although I swung the camera, it wasn’t airborne, so doesn’t satisfy the “camera toss “rules. (Hm!)
    http://www.barry.pearson.name/articles/physiograms/
    [Neat stuff, Barry! Everything old is new again, eh? :-)]

  • Ryan Gallagher — 11:27 PM on January 26, 2006

    It is wonderful that someone else has pointed out the connection to physiograms. So few notice it. I myself consider that to be the closest relative, and in a sense, throwing a camera with light as the subject creates an inverted physiogram. Not the motion of the subject, but the motion of the camera. I even spent some time on your site barry when I was researching after I became pretty invested in the form. Throwing cmaeras itself is not new, just a new (and unexpectedly trendy) exploration of it.
    Aside, the designers of the Satugo have expressed interest in appearing at my exhibition opening in hamburg, perhaps I can get my hands on a prototype. ;-)

    Ryan Gallagher, aka clickykbd, aka “The Camera Toss Guy”.

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