The extra long goatee is part of my look, but the two-toned thicket of coarse chin hairs can be a little jarring in a video call. If a screen’s built-in camera is not angled right and or placed at a proper distance, the beard may be the only thing the person gets on the receiving end. That and a lunch crumb or two.
A Swedish design firm has developed a camera attachment that increases the field of view so you can take in the whole face. The ViW will even illuminate your face in bad lighting.
The ViW lens attachment contains an ambient light sensor that evaluates conditions in your calling environment and adjusts the light panels on either side of the lens for proper picture quality. No more silhouetted mystery created by back-lighting.
It has a battery that lasts about four hours and can be plugged into a USB port for charging. Frankly claims its device will increase the field of view by 50 percent.
ViW will come into public view Tuesday on Kickstarter. The ViW does not promise to smooth out wrinkles, make you look thinner or take away crumbs clinging to facial hair.