Trygger, a Portland, Ore.-based design company, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new product -- a camera case for the iPhone 4/4S that has a built-in, adjustable polarizing filter.
As demonstrated in the company's promotional video (see below), which features a working prototype, the glass filter slides over the camera lens on an iPhone, and cuts out "glare and unwanted reflections," making for more vibrant colors and sharper contrast.
While many iPhone apps offer enhancements that can be applied after a photo is taken, the Trygger iPhone case filter allows users to adjust polarization beforehand. Apply the old programming principle "garbage in, garbage out," and the benefits of adjusting the polarization make a lot of sense.
It should be noted that using a polarized filter won't instantly make you an iPhone photo wiz, but it can make quite a difference, especially when shooting in bright outdoor light, or taking pictures of clouds or water. However, as this guide points out, there can be a few drawbacks.
But in terms of fulfilling its purpose, the Trygger case appears to have a lot of promise.
The product's simple, solid design has so far earned praise from various tech media outlets.
CNET reviewer Joe Aimonetti was "immediately blown away" by a demonstration of the Trygger prototype, writing that "no app... can give you what the Trygger case offers."
The project, which has a fundraising goal of $25,000, had received just under $8,000 in pledges as of press time. If Trygger can hit its fundraising goal and make it to market, it will compete with the many cheap cases available on the web, and some durable, high-end ones that can retail for as much as $79. Trygger plans to price its case at $49.95.
WATCH: Trygger iPhone Case With Adjustable Polarizing Filter:
Disguise your iPad as camera. Or, for second and third generation owners, give your subjects something to look at when you take photos with the iPad.
Super Mario Style
This self-designed iPad decal is reminiscent of the original Nintendo Game Boy. (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/korosirego/7023604367/" target="_hplink">Image via Flickr</a>, Rego Korosi)
If you're going to bling out your iPad you might as well go all the way. This <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/98722161/16ss-crystal-ab-iridescent-diamond?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_query=diamond+ipad&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=handmade" target="_hplink">iPad case on Etsy</a> is created from Swarovski crystals.
iPad owners with tailored shirts can custom fit a <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/69665501/recycled-vintage-ipad-outfit" target="_hplink">collared sleeve</a> for their device. But, no popped collars. This case is to classy for that.
The <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/97792755/ipad-1-ipad-2-shaggy-faux-fur-case?ref=sr_gallery_12&ga_search_query=ipad+fur&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=handmade" target="_hplink">shaggy case</a> is the perfect option for iPad owners who want to hide the device completely.
Duct Tape Case
There's nothing like a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewwippler/4524112826/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">duct tape case</a> for the do-it-yourself crowd. (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewwippler/4524112826/" target="_hplink">Image via Flickr</a>, Andrew Wippler)
This iPad case gets extra points for creativity -- and for <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/96349637/whos-the-fairest-of-them-all-ipad2-case?ref=sr_gallery_16&ga_includes%5B%5D=tags&ga_search_query=ipad+2+gold&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery" target="_hplink">making a Snow White reference</a> without including the Apple logo.
Care for some apple juice? This decal created by <a href="http://www.etsy.com/people/moodecal?ref=ls_profile" target="_hplink">Cimarar Dal</a> on Etsy pokes fun at the Apple name by surrounding the logo with an <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/97662999/ipad-decal-ipad-sticker-art-skin-decals?ref=sr_gallery_43&ga_search_query=ipad+design&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=9&ga_search_type=handmade" target="_hplink">outline of a juice box</a>.
In case you ever wanted to cover your iPad in gold -- a process that costs well beyond the total price of the product -- U.K. luxury designer Stuart Hughes gives you the option.
Grrr argh! Sometimes technology <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/97572122/orange-ipad-monster-sleeve?ref=sr_gallery_6&ga_search_query=ipad+fur&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=handmade" target="_hplink">can be a monster</a>.