In his latest invention, self-described “inventor of useless things” Niklas Roy has combined an analog black and white video camera and a thermal receipt printer to create a hybrid of new and old technologies.

The Electronic Instant Camera is basically a cross between a Polaroid camera and a digital camera that produces “instant” images with ink on thermal paper.

A video camera is used to capture the image, which is then printed line-by-line on receipt paper.  Due to the fact that the camera itself has very little memory, in order to process the image it must forget the content after it has been printed. The subject would have to sit still for three minutes to wait for the entire portrait to be captured and printed, as Niklas’ neighbor Nauke does here.

Find out more information on the Electronic Instant Camera and check out more of Niklas Roy’s “useless things” here.