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The world’s first animated GIF camera

Hipsters of the internet rejoice – the world’s first animated GIF camera is nearly here.

Apparently oblivious to the existence of actual video cameras, this retro-looking snapper specialises only in GIFs. It’s called Otto and it looks like this;

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How does it work?

Otto is operated using a crank that you can see spinning above – simply wind it forwards to record, keep it still to pause recording, or wind backwards to stop. The completed GIFs will then be sent directly to your smartphone via the Otto app, where they can then be tinkered with using filters and overlays, and – finally – shared with world.

In terms of hardware, the camera runs on a Raspberry Pi Compute Module which features a 700 MHz ARM11 processor, and is accompanied by 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal memory. It’s also built to be ‘hackable’ – so users can modify its software and hardware to their heart’s content.

I need to buy this. immediately.

Sadly, Otto is not quite ready yet. The team behind it have set up a Kickstarter to finish the project and are hoping to raise $60,000 by June 14. Nearly half of that target was reached in just a few days, so – rest assured – the camera is well on its way to completion.

All of this goes to show that you really can’t put a price on a good animated GIF. Except that you can, because Otto will retail $199. Of course, if that price seems steep, you could could always create your own from existing videos or YouTube clips.

Help fund Otto or check on its progress via Kickstarter.

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