“Dear Valued Customer” began the pitch e-mail for the iPhone 4/S microscope lens, and it looks as if just as much effort has gone into the product itself.
The lens will turn your iPhone into an examiner of the minuscule, promising 50x magnification for use in science, medical analysis, textile inspection “and more.”
How? Does it hook up the phone via dock-connector to an optically awesome array of magnifying magnificence? Does it put the iPhone itself at the center of a lavish layout of lenses? Not really. The “microscope” kit is instead something we’ve all seen before: a cheap plastic case to which you attach an add-on lens.
Granted, a 50x lens is more impressive than the usual 2x telephoto, and the 0.7 mm minimum focus distance is also noteworthy (if only for the fact that it’ll obscure most of the light falling on your subject). But best of all is the pitch on the product page, which clearly saw more work than the product itself.
Additionally, this compact microscope requires no batteries, displays full screen image and draws light from its surronding.
All true! But also all slightly misleading. Still, I think it might be fun to be able to snap such close-up pictures of things.
Sadly, the “Valued Customer” addressed in the e-mail isn’t me. It isn’t even you – unless you happen to be an iPhone accessory maker who wants to buy and rebrand these lenses from Digitech, the OEM that sent out the mail.
So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that somebody like Photojojo picks this up and sells it direct to us nerds.
- Source Digitech Industries
- Thanks Paul!