2D Camera Etched into Wood Shoots HD Video, Selfies


Not-A-Camera by artist Olivia Barr is a real camera designed to look like a fake 2D one

Leah Gonzalez Angue
  • 4 september 2014

Olivia Barr, NY-based artist, designer and a member of hacker collective NYC Resistor, has created a fully-functional, slim camera that looks like a wooden fashion accessory.

The product, called Not-A-Camera, looks like a 2D camera etched into wood. It has a hidden lens and microphone, and is capable of shooting HD videos and 3.5 MB JPGs. To create the camera, the artist used an 808 spy camera board shaped like a car key, disassembled the PCB, flattened it and attached extension wires so she could fit it into her design.


The camera is laser cut in solid walnut, with a thickness of only half an inch. A 2D rendition of a typical single-lens reflex camera is etched on the front, while labels and brief instructions are etched on the back. The artist also attached a gunmetal chain to the camera so that users can wear it around their neck like a chic accessory.

According to the artist, she originally created Not-A-Camera for her 101-year-old grandmother, who started taking pictures when she hit her 90’s –¬†Barr wanted to make her a light, and easy-to-use camera.


Barr’s goal in creating such a device is to “bring conceptually driven fashion to tech wearable cameras.” Through her device she has stylishly merged electronics into fashion to give technology a well-designed edge.

At the moment, Not-A-Camera is a working prototype and Barr is currently on New York’s Next Top Makers to hopefully take the product to the next level. The electronic components that she used to make the camera are China-made, but Barr hopes to have the laser-cut wood or acrylic made and assembled in the US. One of the reasons that she wants to be in the Next Top Makers is to explore the feasibility of having her product partially-manufactured in the country.


As she continues to work on improving the design and manufacturability of the parts of Not-A-Camera, Barr is encouraging other artists and designers to work with the unique product. Images and videos on the ongoing project can be found on the dedicated Tumblr site.

Barr is also selling Not-A-Camera for $150 via her Etsy page.

Take a look at the video below of the artist talking about her project.

Olivia Barr // New York’s Next Top Makers


Dubai And The Future Of Humanitarian Design

Design & Architecture
Technology Yesterday

Fragrance Will Release The Smell Of Data If Your Private Information Is Being Leaked

The device is designed to create a physical cue for the potential dangers lurking online

Retail Yesterday

LYNK & CO Is A New Auto Brand That Promises Mobile Connectivity On Wheels

Online access and mobility sharing are driving the company to disrupt the auto industry


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Gaming & Play Yesterday

Nintendo’s New Console Pushes For Portable Gaming

The Switch allows gamers to seamlessly play on the go by themselves or with friends

Related Expert

Tony King

Creative Technologist

Entertainment Yesterday

Speaker Displays Song Lyrics As Music Is Played

The device is able to generate the graphics on a translucent screen and retrieve the words from a connected database

AI Yesterday

Travel Assistant Scans Your Emails To Make Planning Easier

This AI add-on will sync with your inbox and sends reminders to make sure you don't miss anything important

Millennials Yesterday

FOMO Survival Kit Helps Millennials Cope With Social Anxieties

The satirical product is meant to be a playful diversion for people who feel like they are missing out


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Health Expert: Nutritional Meal Replacements Are A Solution To Corporate Wellness

Ample Foods Founder Connor Young explains why supplements are the next food trend coming to the workplace

PSFK Labs Yesterday

PSFK Picks: Top 5 Performance-Enhancing Wearables

Our new report looks at innovations pioneering the future of performance through intelligent activewear and predictive analytics

Food Yesterday

New York Restaurant Uses Tomato Sushi As Its Newest Meat Alternative

fresh&co is using sous vide Roma tomatoes to create a vegan option that has the texture and taste of tuna

Advertising Yesterday

Red Bull Converts Sao Paulo Payphones Into Data-Driven Bus Schedules

The booths allow city residents to check local transit times through a simple toll-free phone call

Retail Yesterday

Why Experiential Events Could Replace Trade Shows

Marketers are seeking creative and impactful new ways to connect with influencers

Children Yesterday

Modular Kit Teaches Kids How To Make Their Own Robots

MODI features magnetic modules and a platform for programming to encourage experimentation

Infants Yesterday

Work Table Doubles As A Baby Seat

Designer Kunsik Choi created the furniture to facilitate emotional communication between between parents and their children

Technology Yesterday

Album Turns Into Something New Each Time It’s Streamed

Bill Baird's new album explores the relationship between time and music through a website crafted by design team, One Pixel Wide

Technology Yesterday

Wearable Device And Lamp Recreate Beautiful Sunsets In Your Home

Sun Memories can record up to six hours of natural light and reproduce it via a connected light at a later date

Design & Architecture Yesterday

Flower Pencils Create Cherry Blossom Petals When Sharpened

A Japanese stationary company developed the special implements in order to create unique shavings

No search results found.