Nova is a credit card-sized external flash that aims to improve your smartphone photos. Currently, the team behind it is asking for funding help via Kickstarter, where it aims to raise $25,000. With ten days to go until their campaign ends, Nova has already gotten gone way past its goal, hitting $63,155 of support from 1,157 backers.
Nova points out that the typical built-in flashes on smartphones do not often always provide the best kind of aid to cameras. They sometimes cause red eyes in photos, or washed-out colors. Taking a cue from professional photographers, Nova proposes a separate, portable flash that can better capture important moments.
Nova features 40 x 65 Lumen white LCDs that can generate temperature-adjustable white light, depending on the lighting conditions. It is powered by a built-in lithium ion polymer battery that charges using a USB micro B cable that comes with the device. The battery has an estimated capacity of 4 weeks on standby between charges, or up to 150 flashes. Its measurements are 3.4 x 2.1 x 0.25 in., while its weight is 5.03 oz.
Nova promises to roll out upgrades before the device is shipped in February. Among these are brighter LEDs, longer battery life, in-app photo filters, in-app social network sharing, and FCC certification.
To use the Nova, one has to download the free Nova app to tweak the settings. It has an automatic and an advanced mode, depending on the amount of control you want to have over the light the flash produces. There is also a preview window which shows how the photo may appear with the specified settings. The flash connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth, and functions up to 20 feet away.
The Nova team accepts pledges as low as $1, which lets backers receive updates about the product. $39 buys one the electronics internals. $54 is the cost of Nova for Android or iPhone. $64 gets backers a Nova and Nova case to protect the flash. Shipping is free for all backers in any part of the world.
At the moment, Nova supports a limited number of devices. The Android devices that are supported include Google Nexus 7, 2013 version, Samsung Galaxy S4, and HTC One. These devices must be running Android 4.3 to be compatible with Nova.
Click here to check out Nova’s Kickstarter page.