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Say Hello to NOVA, An Ex-Googler’s Solution to Washed Out Smartphone Pics

September 26, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

They say that the best camera is the one that you have with you. For the vast majority of us that’s our smartphone camera. In the past year alone, we’ve heard from Motorola, Samsung and HTC that their latest smartphones perform much better in low-light situations. However, smartphones still can’t deal with low-light situations as we’d like and when our devices resort to their LED flash, things go from bad to worse. We’ve all been there; wanting to take a quick holiday snap in the evening of our family or loved one and the flash kicks in. Which then leaves us with a washed out and sometimes blue-tinted photo that’s not really any good to anyone. Well, NOVA hopes to change all that.

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What NOVA is is a slim and light portable flash for smartphones. It syncs over Bluetooth Low Energy (which means only Android devices running 4.3 can take advantage) and has a range of 20 feet. The idea is that this portable flash can be used for those times when you need a little more light but, you don’t want to be left with the harsh tint that our smartphone’s flash often leaves behind. There are three modes that NOVA can operate in and they should be good enough for most situations.

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As Android Community is reporting, NOVA is currently a project on Kickstarter looking for funding. As of writing, the project has already reached its goal and then some. Clearly, this is an idea that resonates with a lot of you. Often these sort of solutions are bulky or somewhat impractical but, for those that like to travel light, you’ll be happy to hear that NOVA really can fit in your wallet or purse.

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Personally, something like NOVA would be a great addition to my HTC One X, which doesn’t perform brilliantly most of the time. What about you? Is this something that you’d like in your wallet or purse? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.