Designer draws up digital camera-cum-punchcard printer
Holes for pixels
Instant camera photo paper is pricey, so a student designer based in San Francisco has sketched plans for two digital cameras which physically impress pictures into sheets of paper.
Punch presses images into paper using hole punch theory
In essence Punch is a digital camera with a series of hole punch pins inside. Simply take a picture, slide a sheet of paper into the camera’s special slot and then slam your fist down onto the side of the camera labelled “Punch”.
This action causes your photo to be embedded in the paper in a form like a screened photo in a newspaper. Four sizes of pin make for a greyscale effect by allowing different size holes to be punched.
The images – if you can call them that – are not multi-megapixel quality, but at least allow you to give friends an almost instant and unique copy of the shots you've taken.
Each digitally-snapped image is also given a code, which is punched onto the side of the paper picture. This directs your friends to a website where they can download a proper version of the image.
Punch Reworked is more compact and features a USB Flash drive
Designer Matty Martin has also created a second version of Punch, called Punch Reworked. This is a smaller version of the original which presses picture holes using a roller mechanism.
One end of Punch Reworked also contains a handy USB Flash drive.
Further details about Martin’s Punch designs are available online now. ®
It sure helps some
If you want to start doing Banksy-style stencil graffity, but your institute's staff won't let you have sharp scissors (or you're no good at drawing) then you can draw an image on your computer (or download it) and punch the stencil.
OHHHH! slam THAT side!!
Simply take a picture, slide a sheet of paper into the camera’s special slot and then slam your fist down onto the side of the camera labelled “Punch”.
OHHHH! I was supposed to slam THAT side!! No wonder my phones fked after twatting it numerous times unable to get it to punch!
PMSL, I can so see it now as some muppet would hit the wrong side and after many slams finds a phone in many pieces! ROFPMSL. Then just as funny he call to tech support explaining how they only SLAMMED the phone as instructed and it exploded into bits!!!! Aaaaaahahahahahaha!
I see a flaw.
I wonder how many times you can thump the living shit out of it to produce a piccy before the electronics inside decide to take their marbles and go sulk in a corner?
It will be the next revolution in data storage.
Cost of device with lots of electrically actuated pins
I met a blind computer science student once. He used a speech synthesiser instead of a screen. I asked him if he couldn't get a Braille screen, and he said that such things exists, and he'd really prefer to use one, but they cost thousands of pounds and there's no way he could afford one.