Nintendo launched the wonderfully weird Game Boy Camera for its beloved handheld console in the late 1990s. It attached like a cartridge and allowed people to capture, edit and, if you had the companion hardware, print blocky images on thermal paper. These days, of course, the camera is out of production, but that hasn't stopped a small community from modifying and shooting with the tiny contraption. Designer Bastiaan Ekeler, for instance, has built a Canon lens adapter which supports a comically large (by comparison, anyway) telephoto lens. The result is a new, whimsical way of shooting landscapes and wildlife from afar.
Ekeler drew the adapter in Rhino 3D, a piece of software for professional graphics and CAD work. He has a background in industrial design, so it only took him an hour to conceive and a further 60 minutes to manufacture with his Monoprice Select Mini v2 3D printer. "I've seen people use cheap cellphone lens adapters on the Game Boy Camera before, but I wanted to see what a high-quality lens would do for this vintage piece of technology," he told Engadget. With a little cleanup it was soon fitted to the back of his blue Game Boy Color and second-hand Game Boy Camera.