Not-a-Camera is an etched wooden camera double bluff device

A new wearable device which appears to be a wood veneer necklace is an actual working camera with SD card slot, which can capture 1280 x 960 still images and 720p 60fps videos. This device, named ‘Not-a-Camera‘ is a double bluff as it is a camera and the wooden plaque that hold the lens and electronics bears an etching that makes it look like an SLR style camera. Take a look at the images below.

Not-a-Camera in action

Not-a-Camera in action

The Not-a-Camera is the brainchild of Olivia Barr and she sells the sneaky device through an esty store. Barr writes that “I originally made NOT-A-CAMERA as a gift for my grandma, Olivia Barr, who is 101 years old. I’m named after her and the third generation Olivia in my family. She started taking photos in her 90s and I wanted to make her a camera that was light and easy to use.” She also says that as well as the walnut version there is a mirror version which is made for snapping the perfect ‘selfie’ shots.

The specifications of the Not-a-Camera are as follows:

  • Size: 3 x 3.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Chain: gunmetal rolo 34 inches
  • Video: 1280×720 in HD; 720p
  • Format: MOV; 60fps
  • Audio: 16 bits; Single Channel
  • Photo: 3.5MB; 1280×960
  • Webcam: 640×480 (PC only)
  • Micro SD: 8 GB; class 4
  • Battery: 3.6 volt; 250 mAh


Cleverly Barr has set up a Tumblr page for artists to submit Not-a-Camera photos and videos here. While the photos I browsed though looked pretty much like they could have been taken on any smartphone snapper over the last 6 or 7 years they did show some interesting perspectives. Also as you might be thinking, perhaps you can take this Not-a-Camera’ into places you wouldn’t usually be able to smuggle a camera…

  • Exhibit ‘guard’: “No cameras allowed in here”
  • You: “Its Not-a-Camera”

You’re in, without telling a lie… And really some people are a bit precious about you taking pictures don’t you think? I recently was stopped taking pictures of dresses so my daughter could choose one – using LINE instant messenger – even when explained the shop assistant said I couldn’t help my daughter choose something she likes in this way. I would have walked out but my wife bought one of the store’s dresses for our daughter anyway…

What do people think of this ‘wearable’ jewellery camera?

Mark Tyson

Mark has worked for a number of years as a newshound on other technology news websites. He decided to write for Tech Assimilate thanks to this web site's open embracing vision of the fascinating world of personal technology. Mark has also worked in the printing and advertising industries for tens of years previously.

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