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Rotor Camera Concept – Special Interview

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Cameras keep getting more and more sophisticated with complicated menus and sub-menus a user needs to master in order to make the most of the camera. A French designer recently came up with a new concept for a camera interface which uses several special dials to simplify the use of the camera. MegaPixel had a quick interview to learn more.

French designer Charlie Nghiem created a unique concept for a compact camera named Rotor. The concept includes 6 different "dials" – each giving a visual sign for the camera specific mode or function making for a much more visual an easy to use interface than most existing compact cameras.

MegaPixel had a quick interview with Charlie Nghiem to learn more about Rotor and the idea behind it:

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your background?

A: I聽am聽trained in聽industrial design and聽also in聽interior design聽in France.聽I am currently working as an industrial designer聽in Paris.

Q: Do you have any personal interest in photography and why did you create the concept for the rotor camera?

A: I am very聽interested in聽photography, I'm still a bit聽new to聽this area, I bought a聽Sony Alpha聽100聽SLR camera聽4 years ago, but I did聽not have much聽time to use it. I聽also use a Sony聽Cybershot聽which I find very聽powerful聽… for聽every day use.

Q: Can you explain how is the rotor different than a conventional compact camera and what was the logic behind it?

A: In terms of聽design,聽I first聽observed how聽we use聽our digital camera, I noticed that sometimes you had to聽take pictures聽and change the definitions quickly.聽I always found聽that the use of聽cameras聽was a bit complex, with聽many sub-menu聽branching聽that does not give聽the user聽the opportunity聽to have聽an overview of the聽features.

I tried to聽facilitate the聽physical聽interface聽between the object and聽the user.聽The design you聽have before you聽is consistent with聽the function聽I wanted to聽give him. That is to聽say,聽clear, legible,聽all in the service聽of taking聽photos.

Q: In the rotor design – can you also supposed to press the bottoms?聽 did you intend the camera to have a touch screen as well?

 

A: At this point,聽I developed the聽concept聽as a whole,聽I tried to open聽a new way聽to use his camera.聽There are聽not聽all the details.聽The idea is to use聽"slider"聽and then聽press聽the dial聽button聽to confirm the function聽chosen.聽I聽have not聽integrated聽touch panel聽screen, I聽bet聽at the moment 聽an聽interface聽"physical"聽more synthetic聽products聽that聽can be found聽on the market.聽The project聽is interesting聽insofar as聽it聽raises many聽questions and may be the聽questioning of聽current聽physical聽interfaces.

Q: Did you actually build a mockup or is it all a CAD model?

A: I think聽to聽make a聽model聽in the near future聽and develop聽the concept in more detail including the聽features of the device.

Q: Did you approach any manufacturer with the rotor design?

A: There are two聽brands with聽which聽I am聽currently under discussion聽… I can't say more !

You can find Charlie Nghiem's portfolio on behance network.

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