As much as we love snapping smartphone photos, we have to admit that the quality still doesn’t measure up to most digital cameras. FOLDIO aims to close the gap by providing a mini-studio with bright lighting that yields professional-quality photos with a smartphone. It folds up for carrying in a courier bag or backpack and unfurls into a small, well-lit box.
Due to its diminutive size (dimensions are 10.2 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches when unfolded), FOLDIO best suits product photography rather than professional head-shots and glamorous selfies. If you sell products on a site such as eBay, this little studio is perfect for taking listing photos with your phone. FOLDIO is made of water-resistant laminated paper. The background surface is a 2-mm-thick sheet of matte-finished Ethylene Vinyl Acetate. You can wash this sheet and swap it out for a different color. FOLDIO uses Neodymium magnets to hold its walls in place and an LED strip for lighting.
FOLDIO’s raised nearly 11 times its goal of $10,000 on Kickstarter, and there’s still 15 days left to go in the funding period. With a few thousand dollars more, backers can unlock a customized smartphone app that should make taking, editing, and sharing FOLDIO photos even easier.