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I can’t believe someone makes… the Love Box analogue video mixer for iPhone

madebymonkeys-love-box.jpgNow this sounds like it might be a really clever piece of kit, and I suppose in a way it is. But it requires no knowledge of electronics whatsoever to assemble it.

A video mixer sounds as if it should be in a sleek grey case, and feature – oh I don’t know – crossfaders for audio and video, maybe a Chroma key or a Luma key, fades, wipes and other clever functionality.

This wooden box is about as low-tech as it gets, certainly since the invention of the  camera obscura.

Featured on wired.com, the makers are quoted as saying:

“THE LOVE BOX Video Mixer” is a unique device conceived to record two sided videos in one single iPhone’s shot. It consists of a wooden base and a mirroring system that, when mounted with your mobile phone, simultaneously record “front” and “back” views in one single, split screen image. It is compatible with iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.”

In fact you could improvise the whole thing with a handbag mirror and a pile of books, so it’s hard to imagine who would shell out the $100 asking price! And what’s the betting it’s made of sustainably sourced timber?

Hmmmm….

Sue Proud

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