Once the original iPhone was opened up to third-party apps, it added an incredible amount of additional functionality to the device. But apps can only do so much, sometimes you also need to expand a smartphone's hardware too. As such the NVC promises to give the iPhone 6 the ability to see in complete darkness.
There are lots of apps that claim to give smartphones night vision, but they're just using software tricks to boost what little light a phone's camera sensor can gather. The NVC iPhone 6 and 6 Plus case instead brings its own 720P video camera that's surrounded by a ring of eight infrared LEDs to illuminate objects up to 30 feet away, even when there's no visible light available.
The NVC case connects to your iPhone via Wi-Fi, and packs its own 2,000-mAh battery good for at least a couple of hours of use so as not to nuke your phone's own battery. And because it's self-powered with a microSD card slot for storage, the case can even be used as a standalone remote camera that streams what it's seeing back to your handset.
The creators of the NVC are using Kickstarter to help raise the necessary funds to put the night-vision case into production, and for the time being you can pre-order with a donation of $129 (£82). That gets you one of the first pre-production units as early as May of next year, but that's assuming the development of the prototypes and hardware is completed on schedule, which is never a complete certainty with crowdfunded projects.
So while the production version will be priced closer to $200 (£120), it might be worth waiting until the NVC is officially available before ordering one. Unless you have a desperate need for night vision on your phone, and refuse to just turn on its camera's flash as a makeshift torch. [Kickstarter - NVC via Gizmag]