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German Designer Unveils Concept for 'Instagram' Glasses

By dpreview staff on Jul 26, 2012 at 20:21 GMT

German designer Markus Gerke has unveiled a design concept for wearable glasses that could simulate the effect of Instagram filters. In one of the weirdest design concepts that we've ever seen, Gerke's 'Instaglasses' would feature a built-in 5MP camera and microcomputer, and would be able to simulate the effects of different Instagram effects filters at the push of a button, before capturing and uploading the scene to Instagram.

The concept of glasses with built in camera and computers isn't completely off-the-wall. Military pilots have been using helmet-mounted displays for some time, and both Google and Olympus are actively experimenting with consumer-oriented 'smart glasses' which could overlay a variety of different types of information directly into a wearer's eyeline. 

Gerke's concept envisages the 'Instaglasses' simulating, capturing and uploading photographs taken with Instagram-type filters.

Could photo effects filters make their way into similar devices in the future? For now, Gerke is at pains to point out that his concept is merely that: a concept. A note on his website reads: 'Please note - [this is] only a design concept. I will not produce it and I don’t want to make money with it. I only want to show how it could look like. Thanks for watching'.

What do you think? Is this an inspired idea, or a concept too far? Let us know in the comments. 

Via Mail Online

Comments

Total comments: 49
maziarrezaei
By maziarrezaei (Aug 3, 2012)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1ly7q17-tY

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inframan
By inframan (Jul 30, 2012)

This reminds me of film days when someone invented a "dark bulb". All you had to do was screw it into any light socket & it would instantly turn any room into a darkroom.
There were lots of orders too. ;)

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Stephen_C
By Stephen_C (Jul 29, 2012)

I have been waiting for someone to make the world look more life-like. Great idea.

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Jul 28, 2012)

Great. Add SMS and mail option to it, and claim your fair share in the traffic accident percentage... ;(

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MtOlympus
By MtOlympus (Jul 28, 2012)

Hearing aids are tailered to the unique needs of the user. This technology would make it possible to do vision correction way beyound what can be done with optics. For example I have a large hole in the center of my retina and a computer corrected image could take the missing information and spread it out to the perifery where I could see it.

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John HH
By John HH (Jul 28, 2012)

This is the technology I have been waiting for.

I am a clinically blind photographer with only a 3 degrees field of vision - like looking at life through a very long lens.

Having lost all my peripheral vision through stroke induced optic nerve damage I would like to think this technology might give me back a normal wide angle FOV.

Currently I use my camera's wide angle lens to to shoot groups of people in a room that I otherwise cannot see with my eyes.

How do I contact this clever man?

John Hoerner.com

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Bo Lorentzen
By Bo Lorentzen (Jul 28, 2012)

John, its called the "Wrap™ 920AR" featuring two cameras on front of the glasses, you can easily attach one of the magnet-ring iphone fisheye lenses to the front of camera on the shades... done. - most users complain that tunnel-vision is the problem with video goggles, however that would put the full amount of image in your field of vision.
http://www.vuzix.com/augmented-reality/products_wrap920ar.html
* these are actually meant to mix in with a motion graphics app.. but Im sure you can play just the cam on the goggles if so inclined. :-) same resolution goggles without camera goes for much less and a hobby FPV cam would easily install for $50 and get you the same experience. ;-)

Bo

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audijam
By audijam (Jul 27, 2012)

German Instaglasses change colours for you
Japanese Instaglasses change clothes for you

I will buy the Japanese copy : )

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Sprexumn
By Sprexumn (Jul 27, 2012)

The choice is to pull up the instagram app on your google glasses, or take off the google glasses and put these on. Because you WILL be wearing your google glasses for photography in a few decades.

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photosen
By photosen (Jul 27, 2012)

Beer goggles for hipsters! I think this would actually sell well.

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jpr2
By jpr2 (Jul 27, 2012)

I'd not mind at all if, instead to be sent to EVF, image captured by my Nex 7 went wirelessly straight to a pair of glasses like that = with all shooting data, live histogram, etc, etc. - then I'd call it really COOL :) !!

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Model Mike
By Model Mike (Jul 27, 2012)

In twenty years time, somebody will invent transparent spectacles...

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nickmt
By nickmt (Jul 27, 2012)

the simplicity of this concept is truly brilliant. How satisfying to have glasses like that. Reminds me of xrayspecs :-)

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Snaaks
By Snaaks (Jul 27, 2012)

Interesting concept.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Jul 27, 2012)

the camera in between the eyes would make a better perspective i think.

either way, this is SO hipster. :)

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Oery
By Oery (Jul 27, 2012)

does it come with AF & IS ? LOL
I'm glad its still in "concept"; so they designer can back to drawing board.... its really uggly glasses

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Goreyo
By Goreyo (Jul 28, 2012)

Yes, but this is aimed at a certain 'hip' crowd, people who consider Urkel a fashion icon.

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didida do da do da do da
By didida do da do da do da (Jul 27, 2012)

I pity anyone calling himself a photographer who didn't have the idea of glasses capturing their view around the time they started.

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Dames01
By Dames01 (Jul 27, 2012)

This is great! and has a lot of potential. Thank you DPreview.

ps: some people commenting here take themselves far too seriously...

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Lea5
By Lea5 (Jul 27, 2012)

Well, imagine a beach where almost everybody wears sunglasses, you meet a hot girl there, who's waring this special glasses and you do each other naked in the sun. A day later you'll find a video of you on fazebuck etc.
Of course you would take it seriously.

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Lea5
By Lea5 (Jul 27, 2012)

Here in Germany we call it "Stasi-Glasses."

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LokTo
By LokTo (Jul 27, 2012)

Google Project Glass?

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ianp5a
By ianp5a (Jul 27, 2012)

As soon as this comes out I'm throwing all my DSLR equipment in the bin.

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cab337
By cab337 (Jul 27, 2012)

Someone should buy a couple and use them for wedding photography!

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LWW
By LWW (Jul 27, 2012)

So what's new, I've been takin' pics through Beer goggles for years (hic!)

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MortonH
By MortonH (Jul 27, 2012)

While the technology behind this is interesting, the release of this design concept is hardly the kind of 'news' I expect to see on a serious photography website. Please don't dumb down the content to the level of your average Facebook user!

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 27, 2012)

Of course, we did slot this beneath yesterday's D3200 review in the front page feed, so there's no danger of someone coming to the site missing the original content, but you know - don't let obvious editorial decisions get in the way of a good moan....

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Jul 27, 2012)

Oh comon guys... a little fun in the feed!

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Jul 27, 2012)

I'd rather read the Google Glasses review, if there is going to be a review on that.

We want Google Glasses!

.

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camrnw
By camrnw (Jul 27, 2012)

It's pretty hilarious when sites like DPReview post concepts from designers. Like that last one with the eye-controlled camera that takes shots when you blink. It's not really newsworthy - just people exploring ideas.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 27, 2012)

Ideas which are interesting, and create debate. Which is... good, I think? Yes, pretty sure that's a good thing for us.

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Octane
By Octane (Jul 27, 2012)

LOL great marketing stunt. And DPReview totally fell for it.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 27, 2012)

It's not a marketing stunt. The guy's a designer, playing around with a concept. He's explicitly not trying to market anything (as he, and we, make clear).

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Octane
By Octane (Jul 27, 2012)

Not creating this specific product doesn't mean he is not try to fish for attention. Because that's all this so called concept is. A way to get media attention to him. A designer lives by it's name, how well he name is known, a designer never makes a product.

Come on Barney, you know how this works. :)

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 27, 2012)

I just don't get why we 'fell for it'...

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Goreyo
By Goreyo (Jul 28, 2012)

"...a designer never makes a product. "

Er, okay.

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jsis
By jsis (Jul 29, 2012)

I think what he meant is how is this news? We're talking about a product not being released.

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G10Rebel
By G10Rebel (Jul 26, 2012)

I don't want to live in this world anymore...

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 27, 2012)

But imagine how much nicer it could look with a retro film rebate?

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Digitall
By Digitall (Jul 26, 2012)

wow, reallY? lol The end of the world is closer than expected.

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CaseyComo
By CaseyComo (Jul 26, 2012)

There is nothing jawdroppingly stupid about this. /sarcasm

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ennemkay
By ennemkay (Jul 26, 2012)

that's stupid.

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iamachair
By iamachair (Jul 26, 2012)

Hmmm. I wonder if someone can provide me augmented reality glasses that, when I put them on, I can see the surroundings as they were 10, 20, 30 or more years ago? I've seen the town of Pleasanton, CA go from a sleepy little farming town (in 1970) to a large city. I actually have scanned pic from 1970 taken from the foothills looking down on the valley. (Back when my legs and back were in great condition and I could hike all day long.)

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Lmorodrigues
By Lmorodrigues (Jul 26, 2012)

Wow... so unusefull!

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christian jacob
By christian jacob (Jul 26, 2012)

Well, the Instagramm filter stuff won't be interesting for more than 5 minutes, making it just a party gag, but there are serious applications for this "augmented reality" stuff, like integrating it with google or an combined ocr and translation program -- translating chinese into your language on the fly (well, in 10 years or so...) for example.
OTOH, our corporate overlords will then know at what we're looking at for how long, every good thing has bad side to it...
(at least Google and I guess some still unknown startups are already working at this)

Still, as a child I was reading science fiction, now i'm living it.

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Goreyo
By Goreyo (Jul 28, 2012)

Considering the colossal amount of Instagram spam I and other get on things like facebook I think its safe to say the people who would buy this would find interest beyond the initial 5 minutes.

In regard to the on the fly translations one of the more interesting (or accessible I suppose) is being field tested at the Olympics this year - VoiceTra4U-M.

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facedodge
By facedodge (Jul 26, 2012)

great, now everyone will know what their lunch looks like with a vintage filter before they post it on facebook.

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Kirppu
By Kirppu (Jul 26, 2012)

Oh my, he reinvented the polarized sunglasses.

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farrukh
By farrukh (Jul 26, 2012)

It's the direction tech is heading towards, so expect to see this within an 18 month window.

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