This ring light wants to make poorly-lit selfies a thing of the past

Selfie technology has come a long way in recent years, but for all our sticks, sombreros, hair-brushes and Doom mods, we still haven't overcome the selfie's biggest enemy: low light. What do you do if you're in a dark nightclub and you just need to share your night out with your pals on Instagram? Don't worry--Japanese photographer Julie Watai is on the case: she's building a light ring designed specifically for front-facing smartphone cameras.

Like any light ring, the "Kira," as it's called, softens and minimizes shadows by washing the subject in an even, consistent light that circles the camera's view. The only real difference is that Kira is a detachable clip with a tiny window for your phone's camera. It looks a little silly and cumbersome to carry around in your pocket, but it works:

Right now, there's no word on how much the ring light will cost or when it will even be available -- Watai is still seeking crowd funding to get the project off the ground. Interested? Check out the Japanese project page for more details.