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Photographers to launch digital light meter [update]

A group of photographers and developers has created a new digital light meter that plugs into an iPhone and uses the device to give accurate light measurements

Lumu Labs has created what it calls the “light meter for the 21st Century” – the Lumu, a device that plugs into an iPhone’s headphone jack to give accurate light readings with the help of a dedicated application.

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“We were just a bunch of photographers, totally annoyed by the current selection of light meters on the market,” says Luka Mali of Lumu Labs. “You know the feeling: walking home, rain is pouring and that lame excuse called an umbrella that should supposedly keep you dry. And it’s the same with light meters: they’re huge, unpractical, archaic and cost way too much. We decided to change that – by connecting our beautiful digital light sensor without batteries to your iPhone. And using its brain and connectivity to bring some features never seen in light meters before.”

The Lumu uses the iPhone battery to operate and is said to be more sensitive than the iPhone’s own light sensor.

Now, Lumu Labs has turned to Kickstarter to raise the $20,000 needed to fund the light meter’s mass production.

For more details, visit the Kickstarter campaign page.

UPDATE: Five hours after the launch of the Kickstarter campaign, Lumu Labs succeeded in raising the initial $20,000 needed. “The dream is far from over – hyped by the success, we are already developing new ideas how to make Lumu even more exciting,” say the founders.