There are enough quirky "found thing" necklaces out there for this one to pass as nothing more than a piece of jewelry ironically moonlighting as a camera—which is exactly what Brooklyn-based designer Olivia Barr wants you to think. In reality, it's a real-live piece of tech that's perfect for the hipster Harriet the Spy in all of us.
Barr made the first version for her 101-year-old grandmother (pictured below), who took up photography in her 90s. She wanted to create a lighter version that was easy on the muscles and simple to use. The half-inch thick walnut camera also shoots HD video and comes complete with 3.5MB capacity and straightforward instructions laser-etched on the back.
Shots from Not-a-Camera photographers
Barr started up a Tumblr page for Not-a-Camera photographers to share their shots and videos. So far, it's chock full of architecture details, artsy street shots with the occasional wildcard subject—everything you'd expect to see from a hip undercover photographer. As far as wearables go, it's more on-trend—at least in terms of the maker community—than a lot of the heavy looking, synthetic accessories we so often see in the news.
At $150, it's a pricy way to keep your selfie taking secret without cutting back (which, might I add, the mirrored front version is ideal for). But if covert snapshotting is your idea of a good time, head on over to Etsy to claim your own Not-a-Camera.