A blind camera isn’t a gadget you can buy right now, and I doubt it’s something that anybody would ever really spend money on, but it’s far too fascinating to not inform our faithful Gadgetbox readers about it.
The device is called “Buttons” and it was designed as an art project by Sascha Pohflepp, a student at the Berlin University of the Arts. Though about the size of a digital camera, the box features no optics at all: just an LCD display and a big red shutter button. Pressing the button doesn’t take a picture, instead starting a chain reaction that will eventually result in the displaying of a picture taken in the exact same instinct as your own picture.
The guts of the device are a Sony Ericsson K750i mobile phone. When the button (cribbed from an Agfamtic 901) is pressed, the phone transmits the time to a special website that then searches Flickr for a picture taken at that time. When a picture is found, it will be downloaded to the phone and displayed. Of course, this might take a few hours or more, so it’s not for the instant gratification set. Sometimes you have to be patient for art .