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Peripheral smartphone camera goes where the sun don't shine

Your smartphone's camera may be able to do a lot of things, but it can't detach from the phone to see into hard-to-reach places. That's why Edinburgh-based startup Barwritek created the Eye Eye. It's an HD video camera that's hard-wired to your Android smartphone via a coiled cord, and mounted on a telescoping pole so it can be held up high, underneath things, or wherever else you wish to stick it.

The camera itself shoots 720p/30fps video, has a built-in 51-lumen LED for shooting in dark spaces, and can receive third-party lenses. It's additionally waterproof, so it can be used for things like inspecting the hulls of boats, observing marine life, or just getting cool underwater shots.

Video and 1.3-megapixel stills are displayed and recorded on the phone, which also provides the power.

The pole can be extended to a maximum length of one meter (3.3 ft), and has an adjustable-angle head. If users want, they can take the camera off that pole and wear it on a shirt or jacket pocket, via an integrated clip.

The Eye Eye does only work with UVC-enabled phones, however. This unfortunately puts all iPhones out of the running.

It's currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, where a pledge of £45 (about US$64) will get you one, when and if they reach production. 



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