OTTO Is A Raspberry Pi-Based GIF Camera That Says We’ve Reached Peak Hipster


Most cameras take either photo, video or both – but the OTTO, a new Kickstarter project, is a piece of dedicated hardware that actually captures animated GIFs. It uses a hand-crank to do it, and comes in a brightly colored, vaguely retro design, and is basically the most hipster creation of all time. It’s aiming to ship in December, so I give it two months max after that before it graces Urban Outfitters’ store shelves.

The camera is more than just a GIF maker, however. You can use the companion app on your smartphone to choose from among different modes, including GIF capture, time-lapse, photo booth tricks and filters, and even user-generated modes that are available in a community library. It’s also the first commercial product built on Raspberry Pi, and it’s designed to be hackable and extensible by just about everyone as a result.


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