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iCam for iPhone 5 – I Want One of These

iPhone 5 accessories are already being designed, and the iCam is one of the best we've seen...

It’s hard to believe that the iPhone5 is already getting concepts like this considering it’s not even been announced yet, but we can’t help but look at these brilliant designs and hope that Apple are thinking along the same lines. The concept comes from Antonio De Rosa of ADR Studios, a Design and Communications company that has previously come up with an Apple iWatch concept, as well as design ideas for a new iPad-like TV box and the iPhone 5, which is the same concept used in the iCam design.

The iCam builds on the fact that the iPhone 4 and 4S are now the cameras used most regularly to upload to Twitter, but takes the idea and runs with it. In terms of design, the iCam concept is gorgeous; a small, front-facing touch screen shows the subject what is being taken – perfect for self-portraits – and the metal casing is smooth and slick.

iCam Front Angle with Flash
We can see Apple designing something very similar to this; the aluminium body and beautiful curves are clearly influenced by Jonny Ive

The system is centred around the iPhone 5, which slots neatly into the dock on the back of the iCam. In the concept, the iCam itself houses only very basic controls, with the majority of the settings being changeable on the iPhone 5’s screen, presumably through an iCam app. The docking system means that the iPhone’s camera is secondary to the lens that you can add to the front, and ADR see Apple making their own lenses for this acessory to ensure you take the best pictures possible.

The iPhone 5 interface
The iPhone would act like controls for the iCam to allow for advanced changes to things like Aperture and ISO levels

With other features including Bluetooth, Siri integration (“Say ‘Cheese’ to take a photo”), a motion sensor and a front-facing pico-projector for viewing your photos and movies on the nearest wall, this may seem like wishful thinking, but this is precisely the kind of wishful thinking we like to see.

The iCam's Pico-projector
A pico-projector would make this add one worth it on it's own, even without considering the camera

To us this design is stunning; of course it’s just a concept, and the designers make it clear that this is something they want Apple to make (rather than something they are planning to make themselves), but it’s still an incredibly exciting idea. If Apple did make one of these, the most brilliant thing is that they would instantly have a huge market of people wanting to take amazing photos on a device they already own. Of course, when you’re finished taking snaps you can pop out your phone and have all the images in your Photo library, ready to be Tweeted, uploaded to Flickr, or just displayed on your iPad after a Photo Stream sync.

Siri Integration
In this concept you can use Siri to take a photo by just saying 'Cheese', or by touching the front-facing screen

Check out the video from ADR that was released a few months ago; it’s their concept for the iPhone 5 and it’s the same design used with the iCam. Then, cross your fingers and hope Apple are paying attention. Full ‘specs’ below the video, too.

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  • Aluminum Unibody;
  • Interchangeable Apple-Lens Lenses, with iMount mounting system;
  • Front touch screen for self-portraits and for micro-app;
  • LED Flash;
  • Front pico-projector;
  • SD UHS-i slot;
  • Siri Compatible;
  • Motion Sensor;
  • ISO range from 100 to 3200 (extendable up to 6400 equivalent)
  • Full HD at 60fps;
  • 10.1-megapixel sensor;
  • Bluetooth

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