Attachable smartphone camera

  • US 9,503,625 B2
  • Filed: 04/09/2014
  • Issued: 11/22/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/09/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A camera system, comprising:

  • a camera housing;

    a lens mounted in the housing and configured to direct light onto an image sensor disposed within the housing, the lens having an adjustable focal length, aperture, and shutter speed and being positionable in at least a fully-retracted position and a fully-extended position;

    a power source configured to power extension and retraction of the lens, wherein the power source automatically retracts the lens when the camera system is disconnected from a mobile device, the power source comprising at least one of a battery and a capacitor;

    a cradle configured to receive at least a portion of a mobile device, the cradle comprising a base and four sidewalls that define a recess which is negative of at least a portion of a mobile device and being configured to receive a mobile device in an interference fit; and

    a mobile device connector at least partially disposed within the cradle and configured to mechanically and electrically couple the camera system to a mobile device;

    wherein the housing has a length of 1 cm greater than an external diameter of the lens and wherein the housing has a width of 1 cm greater than the external diameter of the lens; and

    wherein the camera system does not include a user interface.

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