Feeds

Sony rolls out new digicam, quite literally

No batteries required

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Sony usually plugs digicams with titanium shells, exorbitantly high numbers of megapixels and extended battery lives, but that’s not the case with its latest handset. The Japanese electronics giant has designed a prototype camera that doesn’t need batteries and doesn’t even have a display.

Sony_odo

Sony's Odo: green snapper

The camera comes from Sony’s oddly named Odo department, which is tasked with creating wacky product designs. It looks more like a pizza cutter than a cutting-edge snapper: a rubber ringed circle, which sits on the end of a Wii Remote-like handle, just needs to be rolled along a flat surface before sufficient power’s generated to take pictures. Sony claims 15 seconds' rolling produces enough power to snap one shot.

This process seems simple in practice, because there’s no ISO sensitivity to set, no image mode to choose and no confusing array of buttons. Users simply look through a viewfinder in the centre of the device, line up the shot and then press a button on the stick to grab the image. A lens is hidden within the handle.

Although the camera doesn’t look much like a flower, Sony’s nonetheless teamed it up with a flowerpot docking station, allowing images to be transferred from the digicam to your PC over a USB connection.

It’s not yet known whether Sony’s got any plans to mass-produce the digicam yet, however it’s rumoured that Sony may have developed the camera for use in extreme locations or areas without a constant power supply.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.