When it comes to low-light photography with our smartphones, most phones tend to struggle, save for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the LG G2, both of which appear to handle low-light photography relatively well, albeit somewhat noisier than I would have like, personally. For those who don’t enjoy the noise on their photos, using flash would be the next best thing, although in most case using flash results in harsh photos, which Apple has attempted to correct in the iPhone 5s. Well if you’re sick of having bad photos in low-light situations or night shots, then the Lightstrap is definitely a Kickstarter project worth checking out.
As you can see in the photo above, the Lightstrap is an iPhone casing that comes with an LED ring around the back of it, similar to a photographer’s flash ring. Lightstrap will allow iPhone photographers to choose from seven brightness levels and six color temperatures. Its creators, a father and son team comprising of Ben and Cassidy Clawson, claim that the Lighstrap will offer 10 times the brightness of the flash in the iPhone 5s. It sounds like a great idea and based on what we can see in the sample photos, it helps a lot. If you’re interested in learning more or to pledge your donation, be sure to hit up its Kickstarter page for the details!
We’re sure there are still plenty of smartphone users out there who might prefer the tactile feedback and the familiarity of typing on a keyboard, like the BlackBerry Q10 for example. However there are also those who might acknowledge that a physical keyboard is great, but at the same time don’t want to miss out on having a larger touchscreen display. Well if you’re an iPhone user and wouldn’t mind a physical keyboard to go along with your device, you might be in luck as TV host and celebrity, Ryan Seacrest along with a venture co-founder will be investing $1 million into a keyboard case for the iPhone, which is called the Typo Keyboard.
The pair are expected to further invest an extra $5 million over the course of time. According to Seacrest he was inspired by his friends’ difficulties of carrying two phones around: an iPhone and another device for “typing and correspondence”. The Typo Keyboard is essentially an iPhone case with a BlackBerry-style keyboard at the bottom (as pictured above) and will begin shipping in January for $99. As it stands the keyboard case will only play nicely with iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s units running iOS 6 or later. It will pair with the phone via Bluetooth and will pack a180mAh battery. It’s an interesting idea although it does make the phone look really long and unwieldy, but for more info or place your pre-order, hit up their website for the details.