Ingenious Macro Lens in a Rubber Band Brings Close-ups to any Smartphone


We’ve always thought the idea of additional lenses for a smartphone camera was a neat, if not a bit impractical, idea. The macro lens is a popular choice for those wishing to beef up their shooting power, but there is no easy way to mount most options found on the market. That was before someone thought up this ingenious macro lens rubber band. You get exactly what the name describes, a lens for snapping detailed close-ups within a stretchy loop of rubber. The result? A lens that will fit any smartphone and stay in place without any modifications to your handset or additional mounting hardware. And it only costs $15.

[Photojojo via Gizmodo]

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  1.  That definitely falls under the category of why didn’t I think of that.  Great idea.

    1. I was going to buy it but it would cover up my notification bar on my Gnex.

      1. I don’t think it’s intended to be left on the phone all the time. 

        1. True true.

          1. Admit it – you just wanted to rub-in the fact that you have a Gnex.


          2. I don’t know what your talking about. ^_^

  2. If only i thought of that…DANG IT!!!

  3. Very cool… I have one of the cheap-o magnetic ones that clings lightly to my DInc but this seems much more practical. Took a pic with mine the other day:

    1. Very nice!  Great name by the way. :)

  4. Not bad……!!

  5. That’s actually pretty cool, maybe I’ll treat myself to one (even if I never really use my phone camera).

  6. Looks like a good sweat band for my RAZR when it starts getting hot to the touch.

  7. Just what I wanted, a rubber band running across my screen.

  8. Looks like it would work well on phones that had no case…but I like my case.

  9. Hey, take a look at this. Apple is banned from using the name iPad in China.

    1. What does that have to do with macro lenses?

  10. I don’t think the point of this is to leave it on all the time.  This would be something that you throw on as needed.

    1. Like a rubber.

      1. You’re supposed to take those off?! No wonder it was getting funky.

  11. Why not just make phone cases with the lens built in?

    1. The phone wouldn’t lay flat.  This allows you to take it off when you aren’t using it.

      1. Oh I don’t know, some cases add quite a bit of thickness, if it was integrated I don’t think it would add too much heft.

      2. The lense on my Incredible sicks out already… so I am used to my phone not laying flat.

      3. The amount of case thickness on the defender serier Otterbox for the Incredible would defiantely have enough space to add lenses, great fraking idea

    2. Yea, it could be built into the case on a hinge.  Swing it out when you are taking a photo and you don’t want to use it.  Brilliant.

  12. Pretty koo idea, but I wouldn’t buy it cause I’d lose it somewhere. Its not like you can just leave it on your device at all times. Youd have a thick blue rubberband covering up apart of your screen. =P
    Looks like it would cover up your flash aswell on many devces. Hopefully the flash light doesnt reflect off the rubberband and into the sensor ruining your pictures.

    1. Turn the flash off…

  13. If you put it on backward, does it become a telephoto? :P

    1. Nah.  Since it’s facing the wrong way, I’m sure you’d get a close-up of your face!   :)

      1. Might get something interesting by turning it inside out though.

  14. I guess I don’t need a sweet DSLR w/ macro lens anymore.

  15. awesome, love it! I had bought a macro lense a while back for my Evo and found a guide that showed how to glue a ring onto a case, but this is way better!

  16. If only the camera in my Cliq2 didn’t suck.  I can’t keep this thing steady for the life of me while the processor chugs away trying to take the image.

  17. not worth it, a plastic lens on a rubber.

  18. Genius!

  19. Why don’t manufactures just include a small, ferrous ring around the camera.  Would be an instant standard mount.

  20. Can we ASS-ume that because you are promoting this gadget that you use it yourself? I’m never clear on the line as to whether it is to generate funds for your website, or you actually are using and endorsing strictly on personal use?
    Also, do you prefer we click the links you provide to get to these products?


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