charlie nghiem: rotor digital camera
charlie nghiem: rotor digital camera charlie nghiem: rotor digital camera
oct 03, 2011

charlie nghiem: rotor digital camera

‘rotor’ designed by charlie nghiem all images © charlie nghiem

paris-based designer charlie nghiem has reinterpreted the user interface of the digital camera. getting rid of buttons all together, a stacked cylinder composed of several rotating parts allows users to choose their settings. when a section is spun, a corresponding line appears on the screen. all the functions are the same, however, accessing it is made simple. the column is also ergonomic, taking into consideration the movement and positioning of the fingers and hands.

view from front

cylinder to navigate user interface


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  • I like this

    dbkii says:
  • This is hot. Put this in a stylish retro housing and you’ve got at least one buyer.

    fred says:
  • I hope Charlie is trying to sell this concept to a camera company. The interface looks great and intuitive. NO MORE MINI BUTTONS SLIDING IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS!

    faf says:
  • Absolutely lovely.

    rcvs1 says:
  • Dunno how it would work structurally, but i like it.
    hope the wheel have enough grip and don’t move to loosely!

    michael says:
  • It has elegant design though I am not sure if it is easy to use…

    sunscreen says:
  • Excellent

    mike1052 says:
  • Really bad idea. No concept of usability. Impossible for my thumb to turn only ONE smooth surface roller and not touch the others.

    Leo says:
  • this reinterpretation of the digital camera does away with complex menus to introduce fiddly smooth wheels with no grip whatsoever. brilliant.

    peayq says:
  • Hope there’s a mechanical interlock mechanism to prevent impossible combinations of settings!

    burgesst says:
  • I think the functions would be much easier to access if only the top red tab would be a rotating part and the rest would just be buttons. Otherwise a really nice and simple design.

    Pete says:
  • @Pete

    its obvious that youre retarded

    Olle says:

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