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Prototype: Scope, a camera for kids

Posted by: Emily McManus

Scope1.jpgInspired by James Nachtwey’s TED Prize wish, designer Bas Groenendaal shares this prototype camera with TED. The Scope camera has a fresh look and a singular purpose, he says:

to be used as a therapeutic instrument for underprivileged children, e.g. children living in (former) warzones. Children can take photographs and self-portraits in order to rediscover their environment and identity, and share their point of view with others.

With its open-steering-wheel design (you click the shutter by squeezing the sides), Scope invites a new perspective on picture-taking, removing the distance between the photographer and her subject. As Groenendaal writes,

I wanted to emphasize the importance of looking and framing. In my design there is no screen … It places the photographer in the spotlight: while looking through the camera, the world looks at you. You cannot hide behind the camera.

Groenendaal took the Scope prototype to an asylum-seekers center in the Netherlands, where the kids quickly figured it out: “A funny observation was that the children used Scope to frame their own heads: hold the camera really close to their face and — while talking — look at everybody around them. The children seemed very conscious of themselves, their position, what they were seeing.” It’s an illustration of the power of photography to frame a very personal story. When Groenendaal watched James Nachtwey’s TED Prize wish, he felt a deep resonance:

I was triggered in particular by the question posed as part of the wish: “What are creative ways to make the biggest impact in a way that others could use in future?” I believe that photography from within, made by the people/children themselves, can make a powerful impact on not only the outside world, but also on the people themselves.

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Comments (7)

  • Abdalazeeez alAbdalazeeez commented on May 6 2009

    let get seruse
    its just for kids and u know it will stay like that

  • Ahmad Tah commented on Apr 15 2009

    let get seruse
    its just for kids and u know it will stay like that

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  • Spy camera commented on Feb 10 2009

    In the state of california is it illegal to have a hidden camera in a bathroom?Some pervert was caught at my work for having a hidden camera in our ladies bathroom. He looked like he was being arrested as I left work. What happens now?

  • amlly vb commented on Jan 25 2009

    What about focus ? I assume it auto focuses and the zoom is fixed…..probably equivalent to a Nikon 50mm SLR lens, which is the most basic all purpose lens you could get.

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  • Bas Groenendaal commented on Aug 28 2008

    The model shown at the pictures is a prototype. A cheap, small digital camera that I took apart has been built in. The ‘final product’ should have an external memory like a SD card and at least 3 megapixel quality.The camera is indeed auto-focus and the zoom is fixed.The resulting photo will always be (slightly) different from that what you have seen through the frame of Scope, since it is dependent on the position and distance of the head. But please note that the intention of this camera is not to make the perfect photograph or meant for professional purposes. It emphasizes the act of taking a photograph, the impact of looking through a frame (as beautifully shown at the you tube video mentioned in an earlier comment) and tries to create a more direct relation between the photographer and his environment.

  • shdws clan commented on Aug 27 2008

    MORE TECHNICAL DATA NEEDED.

    I assume it uses internal memory an has an option to use external memory like secure digital.
    The resolution is probably VGA -> 640×480

    What about focus ? I assume it auto focuses and the zoom is fixed…..probably equivalent to a Nikon 50mm SLR lens, which is the most basic all purpose lens you could get….

    The viewfinder is not that great because you really cant tell what you will take a picture of….since humans have 2 eyes…..and proper framing in this case would depend on the position of the head relative to the wheel….

  • Alia Lamaadar commented on Aug 25 2008

    Was anyone else reminded of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4ZHVRr9i40 ?