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Tiny LensBy Tiny Lens
First created
Tiny LensBy Tiny Lens
First created
$4,762
pledged of $2,500pledged of $2,500 goal
336
backers
Funding Suspended
Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter about 3 years ago

About

Tiny Lens
Tiny Lens

This little lens packs a lot of punch, it allows anyone using it to explore the world around us from a entirely new and interesting perspective. Microscopes are not items that people typically have in their home due to size and cost, but they are an incredible amount of fun and highly educational.

The lens sticks on via suction and can be removed and reapplied as many times a you like, the material lasts for years and years!

It is the mission of Tiny Lens to provide Tiny Lenses to children in underfunded school systems who do not have the budget to purchase microscopes for their classroom. 

We are providing one FREE Tiny Lens to a child in an underfunded school for every Tiny Lens that we ship to our backers, so please help us achieve our goal of allowing every child despite their socioeconomic status, to be able to explore their world.

 All of the images below were taken with actual Tiny Lens Prototypes.

coffee bean
coffee bean
centipede
centipede
cat's nose
cat's nose
eyes
eyes
mint leaf
mint leaf

 We have't found a mobile device that it doesn't work with yet!

 Using Tiny Lens could not be easier, simply make sure your mobile device's camera glass is clean and stick on your TinyLens. Open up your preferred camera app, hold the lens about 1 cm away from the item you are taking a picture of and snap away!

TinyLens in Action
TinyLens in Action

 To get a nice crisp shot, carefully move the device closer and further away from the thing you are taking a picture of to focus the shot "manually." 

Protip: Set the phone or tablet on one edge and then tilt it toward the subject for fine focusing.

 Tiny Lens is made of a high grade, soft and optical grade plastic. It uses suction to stay on your mobile device so no adhesives are needed! If it ever loses the ability to stick to your phone, all you have to do is wash it off with water and a lint free towel and you're back in action.

One of the best things about Tiny Lens is that it is almost impossible to damage, you can drop it, sit on it, etc and it will perform just as well as the day you got it. 

Even everyday things look a lot different with your Tiny Lens, its amazing how interesting even the simplest things can be!

Blue Jeans
Blue Jeans
Black Pepper
Black Pepper
Towel
Towel

The team has completed the design for the lens, the design for the mold, and the plan for the manufacturing process. All that is left is the production of the mold, molding the lenses, and shipping to backers!

The mold represents the most expensive part of the process and is the real secret sauce behind being able to produce enough Tiny Lenses to get them into the hands of all of our eager supporters.

We have invented a method for producing these lenses that will allow us to produce them faster and for less money than any of our competitors, this will enable our team to make Tiny Lens accessible to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and will allow our team to supply them at a reduced cost to children and schools without the means to afford lab grade microscope equipment.

Mold production will begin as soon as we meet our goal, and is estimated to take approximately 3 weeks. With one week of shipping and two weeks of molding the lenses, we should be shipping product to backers within 6 weeks of meeting our goal!

Our team is committed to the educational community, both here in the United States and abroad. We hope to put Tiny Lenses in the hands of every child in classrooms everywhere.

Risks and challenges

The primary risk involved with our project is getting the mold made, it is an expensive process, costing thousands of dollars and can take up to three weeks. If all goes well with mold making, then the product production and the shipping date should go exactly as planned.

We have enlisted the help of a well known and well trusted optical manufacturer to make the molds for us, ensuring that the product is the highest quality possible and can produce stellar results.

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    Value Pack! (Save $10)

    Receive 6 Tiny Lenses! So you and five friends can explore the world around you from a whole new perspective.

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    Receive 20 Tiny Lenses! So your science class can have access to inexpensive digital microscopes with your existing camera phones!

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    Receive 130 Tiny Lenses for ~$7.50 each (MSRP $15)

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