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This Tiny Silver Pendant Can Beam Your Favorite Photo Onto a Wall

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Back in 2010, we shared how artist Luke Jerram had created a wedding ring that can project tiny slide photographs when placed in front of a light source. After seeing that idea, Cambridge-based engineer John Ding decided that he wanted to make something similar for his sweetheart, Becky.

Ding spent the next two years designing a silver pendant that can project a photograph. He ended up creating what he calls the “Projecting Pendant.”

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Shaped like a tiny silver mug, the pendant can store a tiny color microphotograph. Its specially designed lens allows it to project the photo onto any flat surface with a 3000x enlargement, simply by shining a small (but powerful) light into the back.

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Ding completed a prototype of his pendant in 2011, and gave it to Becky for their anniversary that year. He then decided to refine the design and commercialize the product as a small and sleek pendant anyone can buy.

6 additional months were spent tinkering out a commercial prototype, with much of the effort going into figuring out how to make a lens that projects a microphotograph just right — the lens has to be so precisely made that a 0.01mm difference will cause problems.

The pendant will be available in two styles: classic and luxury. The classic pendant features 3 gems, whereas the luxury one boasts 40.

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Each Projecting Pendant will come with: a custom message laser cut into the jewelry (optional), a tiny light, and a jewelry box to store everything in.

Here’s what the pendant looks like when disassembled into its basic parts:

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Here’s a video in which Ding introduces his pendant and shows its projection powers in action:

Ding is currently raising funds and taking preorders for the pendant through Kickstarter, where a contribution of £70-£99 (~$106-$150) will reserve one of the first pendants when they start shipping in May 2013.


 
  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ foggodyssey

    ahh where is the link to the Kickstarter campaign?

  • Matt

    KInd of cool.

  • http://twitter.com/leonattico lee-o

    Awesome! They look like little silver coffee mugs :D

  • Lindsey Epps-Tucker

    Cool, would be great to give to bride after the wedding session! Definitely keeping my eye out on this.