English Rotor Camera Concept – Special Interview ע״י Josef Gottlieb פורסם ב 20/10/2011 0 0 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 am trained in industrial design and also in interior design in France. I am currently working as an industrial designer 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 interested in photography, I'm still a bit new to this area, I bought a Sony Alpha 100 SLR camera 4 years ago, but I did not have much time to use it. I also use a Sony Cybershot which I find very powerful … for 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 design, I first observed how we use our digital camera, I noticed that sometimes you had to take pictures and change the definitions quickly. I always found that the use of cameras was a bit complex, with many sub-menu branching that does not give the user the opportunity to have an overview of the features. I tried to facilitate the physical interface between the object and the user. The design you have before you is consistent with the function I wanted to give him. That is to say, clear, legible, all in the service of taking photos. Q: In the rotor design – can you also supposed to press the bottoms? did you intend the camera to have a touch screen as well? A: At this point, I developed the concept as a whole, I tried to open a new way to use his camera. There are not all the details. The idea is to use "slider" and then press the dial button to confirm the function chosen. I have not integrated touch panel screen, I bet at the moment an interface "physical" more synthetic products that can be found on the market. The project is interesting insofar as it raises many questions and may be the questioning of current physical interfaces. Q: Did you actually build a mockup or is it all a CAD model? A: I think to make a model in the near future and develop the concept in more detail including the features of the device. Q: Did you approach any manufacturer with the rotor design? A: There are two brands with which I am currently under discussion … I can't say more ! You can find Charlie Nghiem's portfolio on behance network.