A 25-year-old student from Wales just developed an amazing little gadget that allows you to take fisheye photos and transfer them onto your computer in a very unique way. A fisheye lens is an ultra lens that produces strong visual distortion intended to create a wide panoramic or hemispherical image.
The idea stemmed out of frustration last year when Greg Dash wanted to take wide-angle shots with his digital SLR camera without dealing with paying the high price of a fisheye lens. He also wanted to be able to carry around something compact and lightweight that could easily be pulled from his pocket to capture moments.
Since a device like this didn’t actually exist, he took the liberty of inventing it himself.
Dubbed the “Little Cyclops,” the camera measures just four centimeters long and two centimeters high. Despite only having two buttons and no viewing screen, the invention has quite a few awesome features, including 12 megapixel resolution, HD video recording capabilities and a time-lapse mode that can be set from one photo every second, to every seven days.
All photos are stored on a microSD card and the battery, which has a five to seven year lifespan, is removable.
After Dash developed one of these cameras for himself and found that his friends were thrilled with having one for themselves, he decided to create an account on the crowdsourcing website Indiegogo to raise funds to put his invention through to production.
The Little Cyclops campaign has already exceeded the initial $53,000 target — raising $100,000 in donations.
“It’s all been a bit overwhelming,” said Dash. “At one point I was getting an email every seven minutes and it has been just impossible to respond to everyone. Because the money has gone so far over the goal now, I can get other people on board to help get the cameras out.”
Sold on a first-come first-served basis, the device will made in a limited edition run of 1,000 devices priced at $100 each. Orders have already arrived from around the globe, from as far as Taiwan and Japan. “It’s been amazing as there has been interest from everywhere really, all over the world,” Dash explained.
Although photography enthusiasts everywhere are interested in getting their hands on this camera, Dash doesn’t have any future plan to make this a serious business anytime soon.
According to CNN, his main priority is working on his PhD at the University of Aberystwyth, on the economic and social impact of wind energy development.
The limited edition camera is scheduled to be released at the end of the summer. “There’s going to be a view finder added and a load of other features but I don’t want to give away what it is yet,” he said. “It’s going to be able to do something that you can’t do on any smartphone.”