Cameras are a big focus with smartphones these days both for the consumer and the manufacturer, but not all devices are created equal and some phones come with more camera features than others. While the most important thing in regards to the camera is always going to be picture quality for most users, there is a handful that enjoy having more functionality through quirky features. Today at Computex 2016, a tiny little device called the Eye-Plug aims to bring some of that quirkiness to a wider range of users, as it lets you record and create 3D videos quite easily by the looks of it.
The Eye-Plug is a small camera that connects to your Android device as an additional camera sensor and it plugs directly into the phone’s charging port. The Eye-Plug looks to come in both USB Type-C variants and a microUSB model so it can be used with just about any Android smartphone, although Weeview Inc does note that it is only compatible with Android devices at the moment. Utilizing this type of plug, though, allows it to be used with either the front or the back camera. USB C models can be plugged in on either side and the microUSB model has a swivel that allows it to be turned around. While 3D videos are going to be its main functionality and the purpose that the Eye-Plug was designed for, you can also use it for depth of field effects on photos and you can preset the focus on pictures before you’ve taken them.
When the Eye-Plug launches which is supposed to be sometime later in 2016, it’s said to cost only $35 which seems like a fairly low cost for this type of accessory, but should the $35 price tag turn out to be correct, it will be extremely attainable by a wide range of consumers due to its affordability. Once videos are created users will be able to view them in 3D through the use of Cardboard viewers like the Google Cardboard headset using an app that was designed to interface with the camera. Although there is no availability or pricing information yet, the Eye-Plug does appear to come in a range of different colors including white, black, and an orange.