December 21, 2014

Vainworks Lets You Change Your Rear-Facing Camera To a Forward-Facing One

Are you envious of the commercials on TV about the MyTouch 4G showing off its ability to do video chat over 3G, 4G, or WiFi?  Do you have a friend toting the iPhone 4G using FaceTime?  Fear not my friends, soon, thanks to Vainworks, you’ll be able to turn your rear-facing camera into a front-facing one with the assistance of a small stand.

Basically, it’s a mirrored stand that lets the user utilize the rear-camera as a forward one.  Head over to the site and check out some of the videos.  The company claims the stand will work with phones that has a rear-facing camera.  But there’s a catch.  The farther away the camera is from the edge of the phone, the less likely the stand will work.  A list of supported phones with an explanation of how the stand operates can be found on Vainworks’ site.  So, what do you think?  Who is gonna pick this up?



  • TheGoodAir

    What’s an iPhone 4G?

    • orama

      come on man,the iphone 4 has front camara,so no need this thing. plz no make stupid questions before reading the article

      • TheGoodAir

        orama, the question was to point out that its not called the iPhone 4G (as it is not capable of 4G speeds), but rather, iPhone 4. Sometimes I my ocd gets the best of me and I simply cannot hold myself back from pointing out some of the mistakes that tech blogs make.

  • Ronell

    I like it! I’ll probably buy two ($30 total, shipped) once I confirm it’ll work on my Nexus One.

    • Anonymous

       Did you ever get any confirmation that it’ll work on the Nexus One ??

  • MrRossicoe

    Or you could buy a phone with a ffc so you don’t have to carry around this ridiculous mini house of mirrors.

  • Russ

    Cool idea, but that guy makes me want to punch him in the teeth….

    • http://vainworks.com Phil Farrand

      Russ! Sorry. Phil Farrand here. I’m the guy in the video. Honestly, the video is not a show. That’s the way I am in real life. ;-) I have done another video and toned it down it a bit. You can see the new one on the site. Have a great day!

      • Anonymous

         So Phil….will this work on a Nexus One ?

  • xarophti

    Judging by pictures on the site (well done, with pictures included of the backs of the phones for camera placement) it seems it would be hit or miss on the original MyTouch as its camera placement resembles the Eris.

  • Miguel

    Cool concept but it’s been done with a smaller form factor:

    http://ciccaresedesign.blogspot.com/2010/12/android-video-call-for-all-devices.html

    Although I’m not sure if it’s been produced yet.

    • http://vainworks.com Phil Farrand

      Miguel!

      I’m the inventor of the Vainworks Stand.

      Here’s what’s interesting about the ciccaresedesign thing. First, if you go to the original page in Italian and translate it. There’s one sentance that says, “We thought the design but who thinks to production?”

      I think this is just a concept. And frankly, I tried building something with mirrors that small. It seems like it should work but it doesn’t.

      There’s a video demo on my website vainworks.com where I demonstrate this. The video is called “Questions about the Design of the Stand”

  • Jenny

    This is awesome! Totally buying one for my Droid!

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