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Nova Light Is A Credit Card Sized Flash For iPhone Photographers

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You want a good picture, you need good lighting. It’s as essential as that. The Nova Wireless camera is about the size of a credit card and features 40 small LEDs behind its frosted white plastic panel. That’s enough power to light up your subject good and bright with a diffuse glow and increase your chances at a winning shot. You simply hold it with one hand while you shoot with the other, and since it connects to your phone, you can select any colour temperature. Its size means it’ll fit in a wallet or a pocket with ease, so you can take it with you next time you get an urge to document your breakfast, which, let’s face it, is every day.

It’ll cost $50 once it ships, which should be sometime next week.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Deal Of The Day: 25% Off On Orbis Flash

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To get a truly stunning picture, you need more than a fancy DSLR. Good lighting is essential, and the Orbis Flash can help you achieve that “studio quality” shot that you’d never be able to get with your camera’s built-in flash, or even the simple Speedlight flash that many people get. Not only do you get a nice, soft, and diffuse light (great to avoid those shiny flash spots), its ring shape gives your subject’s eyes an ethereal look often seen in magazines.

It works by using your detachable flash’s light, which you insert in the Orbis. Virtually every such flash is compatible, except for “Metz side-mounted ‘Hammerheads’ and Vivitar 285.” Normally costing $200, this deal brings the price down to $150.

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This Gadget Can Save You From A Traffic Ticket

You might have seen the Mythbusters episode where they try several methods to foil traffic cameras. If you didn’t, here’s a spoiler: they don’t work. However we think the above product, the NoPhoto, would be an exception… as long as the infraction occurs at night or the traffic cam uses flash during the day as well. The device is installed around your license plate, and detects when a flash is triggered, presumably from a traffic cam. It then triggers a precisely timed xenon bulb of its own which has the effect of overexposing the shot, ruining the picture and making your car unidentifiable. In principle, this should work. And in practice it does too. As a matter of fact, we’ve written about a product that uses the same principle before.

Jonathan Dandrow, the creator of the NoPhoto claims that

Traffic cameras are unconstitutional, because “if you do commit a traffic violation, you should have your constitutionally guaranteed right to face your accuser – and that your accuser should not win by default just because it happens to be a camera that can’t talk in court.”

His device is made in the USA, and (he says) it is legal to use in the US.

The NoPhoto’s basis for legality is that nothing is physically covering the plate. Yeah… we suspect that particular loophole might work for a while, at least until lawmakers re-write the bills to adjust for this technology. Still, until then, if you want yours, you can pledge to the Indiegogo project and get a NoPhoto for $200. This is $150 less than expected retail pricing.

[ NoPhoto Project ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]