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Give your mobile device the ability to see & capture the world in complete darkness while revealing items not visible to your naked eye

Snooperscope™ with its Night Vision capabilities is a great gift for:

  • Photographers and Filmmakers
  • Airsoft Partecipants
  • Hunters and Wildlife Observers
  • Farm Gate Monitoring And Security
  • Driveway and Remote Crop Surveillance
  • Holiday Home and Baby Security
  • ...and a lot more!

You asked for it. We listened.

STRETCH GOAL #1 - UNLOCKED!
£48,000 ($80,000 US approx.) Carrying Pouch
We'll create a carrying pouch with printed logo to keep your Snooperscope protect. FREE for all Backers.

STRETCH GOAL #2 - UNLOCKED!
£55,000 ($90,000 US approx.) Microphone & DDNS
- We will be adding a built-in microphone to live stream audio and record audio while video recording.
- Access Snooperscope via the web just as an IP cam using DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name Service). Support for Windows & Mac OS. As long as your Snooperscope has WiFi direct access it can now stream around the world via the Internet!

STRETCH GOAL #3 - UNLOCKED!
£60,000 ($100,000 US approx.) Resolution improved 720p
By advancing improvements in camera sensor and DSP, we can improve the Snooperscope HD video at 720p resolutions!!! Now 1280×720 pixels (0.9 megapixels sensor)

GOLDEN STRETCH GOAL #4 - UNLOCKED!
£74,000 ($120,000 US approx.) Snooperscope Case color
If we hit this Golden Stretch Goal, you’ll have the option of selecting the Snooperscope's case in the color of your choice: Camouflage, Original Hunter Green, Black, White.

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What is Snooperscope?

Snooperscope is a special WIRELESS invention that, by using your mobile device as a screen and the infrared light as a source, enables you to see in low light conditions and in TOTAL DARKNESS!
Plus, under visible light, it reveals hidden things that normally cannot be seen by the human eye.

By employing special optics, the user can see in the area covered by the light even though the naked eye only detects total darkness..
A number of more practical applications have been developed with the Snooperscope because of its ability to peer through any opaque material that infrared rays can pass through.

Snooperscope's case color choice: Camouflage, Original Hunter Green, Black, White
Snooperscope's case color choice: Camouflage, Original Hunter Green, Black, White

Snooperscope is perfect for professional and personal applications, like:

  • night vision
  • to see in dark places
  • to see through objects like liquids, inks and textiles
  • to see dust and motes in environments
  • for 101 experimental uses
  • ...and for fun.

The retail launch price of the Snooperscope is currently planned as $99 and the Early Bird as only $39, so you can make some great savings by backing us here!

Snooperscope can be can be attached to any smartphone or tablet with a special magnet
Snooperscope can be can be attached to any smartphone or tablet with a special magnet

 How does it work?

Snooperscope is primarily a Night Vision device and whether by biological or technological means, night vision is made possible by a combination of two approaches: sufficient spectral range, and sufficient intensity range. Humans have poor night vision compared to many animals, in part because the human eye lacks a tapetum lucidum.

Spectrum of visible and invisible light
Spectrum of visible and invisible light

Human vision is confined to a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum called visible light.
Snooperscope enables the user to see objects in the dark by illuminating the object with infrared radiation and converting the reflected radiation into a visual image.
The resulting scene, which is apparently dark to a human observer, appears as a visible image to the Snooperscope, and this image and video are sent wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet.

The rewards

Applications and experimental uses

Snooperscope has virtually unlimited applications in experimental projects.

Snooperscope Labs: some experiments made with the Snooperscope

Here are some applications you can use with your Snooperscope:

NIGHT VISION

Snooperscope can maximize your smartphone and tablet in the dark, and improve visibility in low light conditions!

Use Snooperscope if you are frequently alone at home and you feel uneasy when you hear strange sounds outside. If it is a cat or a dog, you can relax; if it is a two-legged prowler, you can call the police who can cope with the unsuspecting intruder!

The Snooperscope infrared light is not visible to the human eye
The Snooperscope infrared light is not visible to the human eye

If you live in an area where it is wise to check the identity of a night visitor before opening the door, use the Snooperscope as an invisible security guard through your home windows, or position it where it can illuminate the doorway, and you can secretly observe the location. You can thus identify the visitor without turning on outside lights.

A more pleasant theatre application of the Snooperscope, in both professional and amateur productions, is to study audience reactions in the dark as the play or other performance progresses. These observations may provide clues for smoothing the production.

Create eerie scenes inside a family household! With Snooperscope you can see the infrared tracking dots, a feature of the Kinect, like seen in the movie Paranormal Activity 4. Test it out to see how it really works and how it would look on Snooperscope. Turn off all the lights, turn on the Kinect, aim Snooperscope away from the Kinect and you will see there's this stuff going on in the house that you can't see.

Theatre application for audience reactions and Kinect tracking dots
Theatre application for audience reactions and Kinect tracking dots

And with Snooperscope right at home you can perform some starling theatrics. Hide the device in a convenient closet or cupboard before your guests arrive. When all are present, seat them at one end of the room and turn out all the lights. In the pitch dark, you can describe every little action of each individual on the far end of the room. Most people are unfamiliar with the Snooperscope and the night vision, and will be dumbfounded by your ability to see in the dark!

PAINT

Since the infrared reflection of pigments in paints and inks is different from that of white light, it is possible to detect forged paintings and checks by the way the color appears.
Snooperscope is able to create revealing images using reflected infrared light, internal defects that are not evident in visible light, the use of different materials, and sometimes the artist's pencil.

INFRARED TRANSPARENCY

Some objects appear opaque in daylight, but with Snooperscope they are transparent!

A jar of jam nuts appears transparent! A coke with an inscription hidden in the back of the bottle not visible in daylight as appears with the Snooperscope!
A jar of jam nuts appears transparent! A coke with an inscription hidden in the back of the bottle not visible in daylight as appears with the Snooperscope!
Jam and coke in the darkness are completely transparent!
Jam and coke in the darkness are completely transparent!
With Snooperscope, Teddy's glasses appear transparent and he has bleached white tie and feet: nice effect!
With Snooperscope, Teddy's glasses appear transparent and he has bleached white tie and feet: nice effect!

CRIME AND FORGERIES

Crime detection laboratories are now using similar equipment for reading through certain types of material. You can attach Snooperscope to a microscope and greatly broaden your observation because many substances react very differently to infrared light than they do to visible light. Snooperscope's infrareds can penetrate deeper into some materials (e.g. animal tissues) and permit examination below the surface. Document forgeries can often be detected with infrared and many colored objects react strangely to the invisible light.

With Snooperscope you can see what is written under inks
With Snooperscope you can see what is written under inks

In this example we have spotted some India ink on a page over some writing. Your eyes will only see the blackened spot, but the Snooperscope will peer through the top layer of ink and reveal the writing just as clearly as if there were no top coating. This method permits instantaneous examination which often is often of great convenience.

NOCTURNAL AND WILD ANIMALS

Use Snooperscope to study the behaviour of small nocturnal animals in total darkness. Naturalists and campers will find the Snooperscope an ideal instrument with which to study the habits of nocturnal wildlife. Unlike an ordinary flashlight, the invisible infrared beam of the Snooperscope will not frighten away the animals under observation. Another useful application is in photography of wild animals. Snooperscope can be used as part of your mobile device and it can be a valuable observation device. Many wildlife pictures can now be made by observing the animal from a distance and tripping the shutter when the creature is in the best possible position. Even a video can be made better. Farmers and ranchers may find Snooperscope a practical device for observing predators that harass livestock, chickens, etc. Ordinary lights will scare off such pests before they are properly identified, whereas their movements can be easily observed with the Snooperscope and more effective countermeasures can be taken.

BOTANICAL

Use it with a micro-lens to study bacteriological and botanical specimens under infrared rays. Certain large molecules may now be examined in a different way, since they become transparent using Snooperscope.

ENVIRONMENT

Snooperscope can be an infrared optical air quality sensor, designed to sense dust particles. Snooperscope is especially effective at detecting very fine particles like cigarette smoke, dust, pollution and other particles in the air, and can be used as an air purifier system.

TEXTILE

Many colored textiles will appear in different colors; for example, some black or red textiles will appear white when viewed with the Snooperscope, while others appear very dark. The difference is due to the use of different types of dyes in coloring the materials. Uneven, poor-quality dyeing of fabrics can often be spotted.

Colored textiles and fruits-vegetables as they appear with the Snooperscope.
Colored textiles and fruits-vegetables as they appear with the Snooperscope.

COMMUNICATION

With two sets of Snooperscope you can blink invisible Morse code signals over a distance of a mile or more. Momentarily cover each Snooperscope with your hand and then blink the invisible signals, which your distant partner can detect.

Snooperscope has standard threads for installation on tripods, car mounts and universal stands
Snooperscope has standard threads for installation on tripods, car mounts and universal stands

The story and the evolution of Snooperscope

The Snooperscope were designed originally for military use to enable infantrymen to secretly observe the enemy and aim rifles accurately in total darkness.
When the infrared light source is turned on, the user, by employing a special eyepiece, can see in the area covered by the light, although to the naked eye total darkness still prevails.
However, these same devices have countless peacetime applications, having nothing whatsoever to do with guerrilla warfare.

The Snooperscope has a lot of practical applications:  night vision, communications, botanical, environment, paint, observation and lot of others.

And with this project, we are reinventing the Snooperscope for the 21st century using your mobile device or tablet.

Evolution of Snooperscope, infrared and camera sensor, battery and power supply
Evolution of Snooperscope, infrared and camera sensor, battery and power supply

The Snooperscope App

The Snooperscope App is available for iOS and Android.
The App is really easy to setup and use:

  • download it free from the App Store or Google Play
  • pair Snooperscope with a direct Wi-Fi connection to your smartphone or tablet (no router needed)
  • open the App and you are done!

Want to capture what you're seeing on your smartphone?
Simply click the snapshot icon on the App to take still pictures or click the record icon to record an actual video and save it.
The snapshots will come up so it's easy to save them as a JPEG in your smartphone.
The recorded video will automatically save as an MPEG.

Snooperscope: how the prototype works

Development Process

Sketches and 3D rendering
Sketches and 3D rendering
Molding prototypes
Molding prototypes
Camera sensor, lens, infrared leds: work in progress!
Camera sensor, lens, infrared leds: work in progress!
Antenna prototypes, camera sensor testing with Arduino, the wifi chipset
Antenna prototypes, camera sensor testing with Arduino, the wifi chipset
First and second version hardware prototypes
First and second version hardware prototypes

Snooperscope technical specifications

Snooperscope runs through a Wi-Fi peer-to-peer connection, meaning it's protected with a secure video feed.

Snooperscope uses H.264 video compression. This is a standard for video compression that allows for a better frame rate and smoother, enhanced, top quality video from the camera sensor.

Snooperscope has its own on-board power battery that provides up to 4 hours of active use. That means you don’t have to limit where you go or what you do because of a cord tethering you to one place – and it also won’t drain the battery in your mobile device.

  • WI-FI: 802.11b/g/n
  • Basic protocol: TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP, DHC
  • Channel: 1~11, 1~13, 1~14
  • Image compression mode: JPEG
  • Video codec: H.264
  • Night vision distance: 10 meters (nearly 33 feet) away
  • Power: Built-in 1000mAh Lithium battery
  • Working time: 3-4 hours
  • Charging time: 2-3 hours
  • Charging voltage: 5V
  • Port charging: standard Micro-B USB 5pin
  • Wi-Fi operating distance: 100mt. in open area, 30mt. in normal area
  • Weight: 80gr. (2.8 oz.)
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
  • Operating Humidity: 20% ~ 80% RH (non-condensing)
  • Mobile App: for iOS iPhone / iPad / Android smartphone and tablets
  • Dimensions: diameter 42mm, lenght 75mm

Snooperscope can use different mounts to become a versatile solution in various situations.

Standard thread to use with different mounts: car, wall, bike, tripods etc.
Standard thread to use with different mounts: car, wall, bike, tripods etc.
Double magnet, rear and bottom, to attach to: metallic surfaces, helmets, dresses etc. The magnet will not damage interior components of the smartphone.
Double magnet, rear and bottom, to attach to: metallic surfaces, helmets, dresses etc. The magnet will not damage interior components of the smartphone.

The Snooperscope Team

  • Marco Montresor - CEO and Founder, Software engineer - App development
  • Eros Parise - Hardware engineer - Hardware testing and debugging

We have designed, redesigned and reimagined Snooperscope many times during the past months, pouring countless hours into thinking about the user experience, the technical aspects of the project and how to deliver the world's smallest, lightest and smartest night vision device using a smartphone at an affordable price point.

You can help bring Snooperscope to the world by being the very first to own it and experiment with it!

We've spent many months designing and developing Snooperscope and its App.
We've built our prototypes and we need your help to take Snooperscope to the next level and get it into production.
We want to put the first series of Snooperscope into your hands so that you can use it and experiment with it with your friends.
We want to build a stronger relationship with our early adopters, and use feedback to make Snooperscope as amazing as possible.
With the valuable feedback we receive from supporters like yourselves, projects like Snooperscope will be given the opportunity to evolve and grow in a way we simply couldn't achieve by ourselves.
Now we’re excited to build a product that can radically change the way people see what their eyes can't.

The Snooperscope T-shirts
The Snooperscope T-shirts

Why do we need your support?

We've built our working prototypes.
We need your help to take the next step.
We’re looking for funds to put Snooperscope into production.
With your contribution you will help us:

  • Finalise the development.
  • Set up tooling and manufacturing.
  • Get all the regulatory approvals (CE, UL, FCC to ship our products worldwide).
  • Achieve production of the first 1000 units.

Project Timeline

We currently have working prototypes in our hands and we are adding new features to the App.

Here is our timeline for putting Snooperscope into your hands:

Join us

in the movement to take Snooperscope to the next level!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We've been working hard on Snooperscope and we are planning to deliver the first early birds in April 2014.

Developing a new portable device was not an easy task and we want to ensure that the prototypes work perfectly, finalise the designs of the hardware, produce the manufacturing moulds and conclude the development of the App.

Our prototypes are up and running, all videos and photos seen are not merely renderings but real life products.

Once we have reached our goal we will finalize the development of Snooperscope and start the production process.

We have already made strategic relationships with our suppliers who are waiting to proceed and we are very confident in getting all of our hardware components and injection moulds completed, but we know there can be unexpected time delays with making these parts.

This is about achieving and delivering the best possible Snooperscope to your fingertips.

So please go back to the top of the page and pledge now.

THANKS!

FAQ

  • At the moment the only color is dark Green, but we are planning new stretch goals where you have the ability to choose what color you desire for the Snooperscope. This includes Silver and Black.

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  • Yes, we will be able to ship orders all over the world.

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  • Yes, Snooperscope under visible light reveals hidden things that normally cannot be seen by the human eye. It uses a camera and a len specially designed for working in low light condition, and in the some day light conditions the images could be different in color.

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  • No, the camera out of the box will not be considered water-resistant or waterproof.
    The camera will require a special housing that we will be developing. We have spec’d out some case designs for making waterproof housings for the Snooperscope which we will be sharing in the months to come.

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  • For sure. You can mount the Snooperscope anywhere that you can place a standard ¼” 20 thread tripod mount. Including utilizing GoPro mounts. And it has a double magnet to mount on all metallic surfaces.

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  • We have built applications for both iOS and Android devices that will allow you to wirelessly connect to your Snooperscope to record, view and share photos and video right from within the App.

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  • Absolutely no, Snooperscope has a double magnet and will not damage the interior components of the smartphone.
    Many smartphone and iPhone iPad accessories are designed with and use magnets including Apple's cases and covers. The magnetic field of almost all magnetic devices available to consumers will not hurt magnetically stored mediums.
    LCDs, LEDs & Plasma screens are quite invulnerable to small magnets.
    Mobiles & cameras have LCD screens, so no effect of magnets. They have flash memory, so no damage from magnets even here.

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  • Yes, there will be a small AC 110 or 220V USB wall adapter that will be included, and sockets to fit USA, AUS, UK & EUR power points depending in what country will be shipped.

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  • No, all pictures and videos are sent wirelessly to the smartphone and here recorded.

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  • We've received a lot of emails on how to make multiple pledges, and Kickstarter has gotten back to us on how you can do this.
    They said, "as long as a project is live your backers are free to modify their pledge amounts and reward selections using the 'Manage your pledge' button".

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  • Absolutely no, you don't need any internet connection or router.
    Snooperscope uses a Wi-Fi direct connection (peer-to-peer) with your smartphone.
    Wi-Fi direct is an emerging wireless standard that allows you to create a connection between any two devices without going through a wireless router.
    With a Wi-Fi direct you can connect the Snooperscope and your smartphone anywhere and everywhere. No hubs, no trunks or centralized repository of data and connectivity.

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  • We are excited to work with quality distribution partners all over the world. We have backers in many countries and counting, so there is a huge demand for Snooperscope.

    If you would like to become an official distributor/retailer for Snooperscope, please contact us at: info@snooperscope.co.uk

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