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A conceptual model originates in the mind and its primary purpose is to outline the principles, processes and basic functions of a design or system.

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An interesting development story of a concept camera designed by a RCA’s Innovation Design Engineering student.  This article from Core77 is an excellent example of how concept modelling can be used to great effect in order to show the aesthetics (block models), function (test models) and prototypes.  Note none of the models shown are a replica of the final working concept.  The designer has used a number of modelling techniques in order to convey their concept including the acted out video with a simple non functioning block model.

 

A well finished non functioning block model shows how the concept could look.

A well finished non functioning block model shows how the concept could look.

 

For his final project at RCA’s Innovation Design Engineering program this spring,Chin-Wei Liao sought to refine the social experience of amateur portraiture, a paradox compounded by the advent of the digital camera. On one hand, “we have stronger memory connection and emotion projection” when we see ourselves in old photos, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that “documenting the presence of self is not an easy task”; similarly, “there is usually one person has to be excluded from photos taken in social events.” On the other hand, “many people feel uncomfortable being photographed or do not like seeing their self-images”; hence, the option to ‘untag’ oneself in Facebook photos.

 
Thus, Liao’s ‘DUO’ addresses both sides of the Selfie, allowing two users to be both photographer and subject at the same time. The device consists of two identical, detachable cameras with synchronized triggers, such that every image has a counterpart, captured by its twin.

 

Read more @ Core77

 

 

A simple functioning model with the outside casing made from card and tape just to show how the insides function and work.

A simple functioning model with the outside casing made from card and tape just to show how the insides function and work.