Our smartphones can do some pretty neat stuff — surf the web, check email, take high-res pictures, give us turn-by-turn directions, wake us up, deposit checks, etc., etc.
That’s what recent University of Washington grad Thomas Larson is raising money for on Kickstarter, and it’s safe to say he’s kicking some ass already. Larson has more than 1,647 backers who had pitched in $28,763 by Monday afternoon, obliterating his $5,000 funding goal.
It’s easy to see why. By pledging just $15, you’ll receive a “Micro Phone Lens” that will give you the power to zoom in on anything from nature to man-made products. The lens, which features a base magnification of 15X, is not adhesive and is able to stick to your camera lens thanks to its platinum catalyzed silicone technology.
Larson, who just graduated this past spring with a mechanical engineering degree, will manufacture each lens here in Seattle. He has been working on this project for over one year with his professor, and the idea was good enough to make the top-16 in the 2013 University of Washington Business Plan Competition.
Eventually, Larson wants to ship out a 150X version of the Micro Phone Lens. Based on the Kickstarter response so far, he shouldn’t have too much trouble doing so.