While Snapchat is at it again with a new round of picture-snapping sunglasses (stop trying to make Spectacles happen, it’s never going to happen!), we’re really feeling the direction that FITT360 is going. Rather than put on an uncomfortable set of specs that nobody wants to wear (why do you think people have been flocking to lasik?), FITT360 is a neckband wearable that rests comfortable on the shoulders to provide not only forward facing photography but a panoramic view of the world around the wearer!
The first of its kind, it captures the entire 360° so you can truly relive the moment you’re in. Equipped with Bluetooth and SNS, you can live stream your experiences or save up to 90 minutes of recording time and export it in 360 or 2k photo/video later. Better yet, you can create and share your own stunning VR experiences so others can walk in your footsteps.
Designer: Linkflow Inc.
The guys at PDF Haus are pros at breathing new life into old products and this one’s a perfect example. They’ve taken 20th century inspiration from a Super 8 camera (the Minolta XL400) and put a modern spin on it with revamped functionality. Aesthetically it still has the that same simplistic, vintage vibe with a couple of minor enhancements like pure white cladding and ergonomic controls.
Aside from style, its other cool features include a pistol-type handle (that’s now entirely optional) for shooting live action. ISO, IRIS (F), and shutter speed can all be adjusted manually with a simple rotation of an oversized command dial.
Designers: Jaewon Choi & PDF Haus
The process of attaching the handle and anti-slip accessories on the camcorder.
There are two types of people: those who believe no true photography happens without using a camera… and those of us who think our smartphones will do the trick! Admittedly, I’m the latter. I think a big part of why I never got into cameras (even a point-and-shoot) is because of their mechanical, not-so-user-friendly look to be quite intimidating. The Lytro Lüm, however, looks like one I might actually be able to wrestle with… which is exactly what designer Michael Soleo was aiming for.
From the mode dial to the power button, its controls are oversized and intuitive to use. Its fluid form looks robust and less delicate, inspiring confidence in the user’s grip. Even the tactile finish (seen here in a stunning pure white) is designed to look soft and inviting to touch. No word on specs, but it was built around Lytro’s revolutionary Light Field platform that allows post-photo custom focusing, it’s more than enough for beginners!
Designer: Michael Soleo
Cameras. They can be vintage or cutting edge, bulky or sleek, but generally awe-inspiring… but you’d never use the word adorable to describe a camera now would you? Strangely enough, that’s the only word I can think of that best describes the Lomography Fisheye Baby. With its incredibly toyish proportions, and even colors, the Fisheye Baby is cute, and embodies everything that’s fun about photography.
The Fisheye Baby literally fits in your palm. Not figuratively, literally. It’s small enough to come out of a cereal box, but behind its playful exterior is Lomography’s expertise. The lens, for instance, is a 170° fisheye type, and the camera itself clicks some seriously good pictures (on 110 film) with absolutely delicious colors that your phone can never match. In fact, the Fisheye Baby even takes multiple exposure shots and has a PC flash connector. Available in limited edition, the Fisheye Baby may seem like a toy, and honestly, it is… but what better way is there to capture vivid and fun moments of your life??