the 'ubi-camera' by IAMAS lets users take photographs, designating the frame with their hands
for decades, photographers, directors, and their hopefuls have framed images with their fingers,
a gesture that has also come to symbolize the chance of fame for its subject. now the 'ubi-camera',
developed by japan's institute of advanced media arts and science (IAMAS), lets users actually capture
such scenes as a digital image.
the tiny camera fits onto one index finger, while the shutter is tripped with the thumb of the other hand as it completes
the framing rectangle. via infrared sensors, the device actually registers its distance from the user's face, and calculates
the image frame accordingly (see a demo in the video below from 1:11 - 1:29). zooming is accomplished in the way
it always has been for 'finger framing': by moving one's hands closer or further away from one's face.
the 'ubi-camera' is a prototype that the design team hopes to improve by making wireless, and by improving
the facial recognition sensor which currently occasionally malfunctions as a result of poor lighting conditions.
demo of the device, and discussion with yoshimasa furuyama of IAMAS
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view of the front of the device, during use