“Camera Restricta” Only Allows Unique Photos

Each day, millions of photographs are taken of the same landmarks, from the same angles. To combat this, German designer Phillipp Schmitt has rigged a camera to deny picture-taking when it’s in an over-photographed area. The device, called “Camera Restricta,” works by parsing through geo-tagged photos and unlocking its shutter when the count is low enough. Schmitt hopes to encourage photographers to capture unique perspectives the world instead of contributing to an already over-saturated database of cliché images. The camera’s software is currently open-sourced and is available on his website.