One of the main factors why smartphones have not yet totally disrupted the whole camera industry is probably because they don’t have extra zooming capabilities provided by true camera lenses. That’s the very reason why a duo from Honolulu, Hawaii have created the Snapzoom, a universal smartphone adapter that transforms binoculars into super telephoto lenses.
Daniel Fujikake and Mac Nguyen of HI Resolution Enterprises have concocted an innovative way of utilizing any ordinary binoculars to stand as your iPhone or Android phone’s accessory lens. This means that your iPhone 5 camera’s 33mm lens field of view can turn into 330mm by using Snapzoom with a binocular. And it’s also compatible with any single eyepiece scopes.
Here are the key highlight features of the Snapzoom:
- It’s totally universal! Snapzoom works with all major smartphones, with or without a case, and all single or dual eyepiece scopes, like binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, and microscopes.
- Snapzoom turns your smartphone into an autofocusing scope viewfinder, which allows small children or groups of people to share the view.
- Snapzoom locks your smartphone’s camera to the scope in the landscape position, so your videos will be easier to watch on larger screens.
- Our patent pending design allows Snapzoom to be securely worn on a pair of binoculars during outdoor activities.
- Snapzoom is simple to use, and it connects in seconds.
Fujikake and Nguyen have taken the Snapzoom project to Kickstarter for funding. And it is already way beyond its target fund of $55k, which means the product is going to be available soon.
If you want to be one of the first owners of Snapzoom, you’ll have to pledge at least $45. But you’ll have to hurry up, it’s selling like hotcakes.[Snapzoom via TechCrunch]