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Become the creator of your own VR photos & videos with our one-of-a-kind app that turns smart phones into true 3D cameras.
Become the creator of your own VR photos & videos with our one-of-a-kind app that turns smart phones into true 3D cameras.
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We saw a big gap in the 3D, virtual reality world. We need more content generated by users! Which is why we created...

Hi there! Thanks for coming. 

Based on patent-pending technology, we developed CAMARADA, a mobile APP that allows nearby smartphones to sync and link and form a true 3D video camera. While we’ll get into the nitty gritty details further down, simply put, CAMARADA lets you connect and make memories with your friends and family like never before.

Life is amazing, and it’s easy to get busy with work, kids, family, and a wide variety of other obligations (we know how it goes); sometimes we're so busy that we miss moments or we take them for granted. We wanted to develop an app that allows you to relive your memories all over. CAMARADA turns your recorded moments into 3D, virtual reality, all on your phone, and with no additional fancy equipment. You can view your photos and videos in a VR headset or with red-cyan 3D glasses.

CAMARADA, the Spanish and Portuguese word for friend, was chosen as the name of our app for a reason. We want to take advantage of the combined power of our phones. Together with your friends, you can completely change the way you capture memories and complete your moments. 

Human beings have two eyes for a reason, that is, to perceive our world in 3D. This was first explained 169 years ago by Sir Charles Wheatstone, who invented the first stereoscope, predecessor to the VR headsets we have today. 

3D still and video cameras were later invented to imitate exactly how our eyes operate. That is, two regular camera lenses are used to capture motion from different perspectives at the same time. Then the video from both cameras are viewed using a headset or eyewear so our eyes see these different perspectives, letting us perceive the depth you see in real life

Although a simple concept, good 3D cameras are very expensive to make and that’s why you don’t see too many of them around. The latest crop of 360-degree, 3D cameras like Gopro Odyssey and Nokia Ozo can cost upwards of $50,000. Clearly they are intended for Hollywood studios, not everyday consumers.   

We are on a mission to change this forever.

Single Phone Mode  

With the app, you can take VR video with one or two phones. With one phone, the app will take video similarly to other camera apps. However, once you’ve captured the recording, the app will instantly convert your photo or video to VR mode for immersive viewing.

Dual Phone Mode

To take real 3D video, you use 2 phones (can be your phone + your friend's phone; or your iPhone + your iPAD; or your current phone + the old phone collecting dust). The phones are connected to each other via peer-to-peer wifi. For this function to work properly, the wifi function on the phones needs to be enabled, but they do not need to be connected to any wireless network. Our patent-pending technology allows the phones to sync within 1 millisecond of each other, which means there is no need for fancy processing or syncing after you’ve captured the video. All of that is done within the app, right on your phone.

Arrange the camera lenses on the phone to replicate the position of your eyes, meaning the phones should be overlapping, like you can see below.

 

There is no other phone app available that allows you to take true 3D, stereoscopic, virtual reality video. That makes the choice pretty easy in our opinion. But we’ll keep going in case you’re not already convinced - below are the top reasons you will want to support CAMARADA:

Affordable yet high quality 3D video & still camera

With CAMARADA, you are using hardware you already have, your phone, which is why we can give you the same technology for much cheaper. Quality-wise, CAMARADA allows 1080p recording @30fps for each eye, competing with any consumer grade 3D camera out there, also offering unique advantages like flexible stereo base and software that takes advantage of what you already have in your pocket (meaning you’re getting a huge steal).

Strongest 3D effect, near or far

One of the most important concepts in 3D visual capturing is Stereo Baseline, a.k.a. the distance between the two image sensors. The stereo base is critical because it controls the amount of 3D effect you get. On a hardware-based 3D camera, the stereo base is fixed, typically matching the distance between human eyes. This means the “sweet spot” for 3D is only one fixed distance away from the camera. This is a huge limitation - if your subject is too close or too far away from the camera, tough luck. You get either too much 3D (which causes eye strain) or too little 3D (which makes the scene look flat).

In sharp contrast, CAMARADA’s stereo base is flexible by design. You can vary the stereo base by changing the way you hold the phones. This means you will be able to get perfect 3D effect in a wide variety of situations. Take it outdoors to capture stunning scenery, or make a macro shot at insects crawling right in front of your eyes, it’s totally up to you!

Below are photos taken from the app in red-cyan format.

"As Far As The Eye Can See"

Stereo Base 130mm, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 + Google Pixel
Stereo Base 130mm, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 + Google Pixel

 

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"I'm Ready For My Close-Up"

Stereo Base 10mm, Samsung Galaxy S6 + Huawei P9
Stereo Base 10mm, Samsung Galaxy S6 + Huawei P9

 

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A 3D Camera that grows, with you

How many point-and-shoot cameras have you bought in the past? Are you still using them? 

We’re not either.

With Camarada, you never worry about that. It’s a 3D camera that becomes better and better over time. Every time you upgrade your phone, Camarada becomes better by taking advantage of the new camera sensor, and we’ll keep updating the software for you with the latest advances in Computer Vision algorithms. You can get a 3D camera that’s never going to be obsolete.

A living, breathing 3D photography service

CAMARADA is not merely a 3D camera. It’s a service to create, store, and share your memories with family, friends, and the world. Knowing how much space videos can take, our premium features will offer a 20GB cloud storage for your 3D videos so you can store your precious moments without worrying about them clogging your phone. We make it possible for you to export videos to standard mp4 format so you can share them on any social platform of your choosing and view them on any viewing device, be it VR goggles, 3D TVs or red-cyan glasses.


Technical Specifications

Technical Aspects:

Any time you hold a device to record a video, you might run into problems with stabilization. This is the reason we have put so much development time into multi-frame alignment, meaning we will process the frames within the software, one-by-one. With this, even if the relative positions of the smartphones changed in the middle of a video capture, you can still have a perfect 3D video.

Hi, I’m Clement Ren. I'm the co-founder of Aimfire, the company behind CAMARADA. I am also an engineer and inventor. I started my career at Bell Labs where I specialized in digital signal processing algorithms. I then worked for Motorola for a number of years as a lead software architect. Our team has a combined 50 years of experience in the wireless industry, and after two and half years of hard work, we are ready to disrupt the VR world by enabling anyone to capture true 3D videos with nothing but the smartphones you already own. Now each one of the billions of smartphones out there in the world can be turned into a 3D camera. Please join us in this exciting revolution!

 

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Right now a limited function, free version of our app is available in the Google Play store for Android devices. Our goal is to raise the funds that will enable us to bring the app to the iOS app store and bring amazing features to Android. Our stretch goal of $20,000 would help us extend video-taking compatibility between Android and apple devices. We know this is a selling point for mixed operating system families!

We want to bring you the best 3D video app possible, and our vision is pretty big. In the limited function app currently available in the play store you can link two phones to take ten second, 3D videos. 

With your investments we will offer these exciting new premium features for BOTH iOS and Android. Your subscription will include:

  • Unlimited video recording length (from current 10 second limit to no limit)
  • Record in 1080p  
  • Cloud backup of your 3D movies (20GB)  
  • Turbo correction mode (multi-frame alignment)  
  • Export video to various platforms/devices (for viewing on YouTube, GearVR, Rift)  
  • Support new VR format VR180  
  • 4K video resolution (on supported devices)  
  • 3D video editing functions (split, merge, cut)

We know this is a big deal, which is why we need your help to get there!

iOS & Android Intercompatibility:

We know what we need to get us to the next step, but to take it even further, we want to bring you iOS and Android intercompatibility. This means you can link up with your friends and family that use different devices, truly making this accessible to everyone and every device, no matter who your friends are. (Now you can socialize with those who don’t necessarily drink the same kool-aid as you)

3D Selfie Mode:

You're not narcissistic, obviously. Which is why you need this function for your loved ones. This will allow you to take 3D videos using the front cameras on your phones. With this feature, you can capture your selfie worthy moments to share with your family and friends.

We are nearly there on the Android features, so those will be rolled out in  January along with the beta version for iOS. We hope to have the full iOS version ready spring time. If you're looking to finish your Christmas shopping with the gift that keeps on giving, we are sending electronic holiday gift cards to anyone who invests before Christmas. Looking for a gift for the person who has everything? We've got you covered.

At the end of this campaign, early beta versions of the app will be made available to our supporters. We want and need your feedback, and with your support, you can become a part of history, helping the world capture complete moments with 3D video and images. 

 

Risks and challenges

With over 50 years of combined experience in the mobile technology field, our team has the expertise to make this happen. There has already been 2+ years of research and development on this app, so not only have we proven that it can work, but we've proven that it can work extremely well.

And with our patent pending, we are securing our competitive advantage to make this venture long-lasting.

We need your support to finish the development of new features which are partially completed and the team has the technical skills to deliver. However, as is the case for all software development projects, despite our full confidence, particularly tough bugs can sometimes take longer than expected to fix. And since we need to support the interactions between over 8000 different mobile device models (that’s 64 million combinations), we've got to do a lot of testing. Though we test many of these combinations, especially between the most common models, we can't test everything personally. This is where our bugs can appear, but rest assured that we have yet to encounter a bug we couldn't fix.

Feedback from our current users has given us the insight to deliver the features you want. We do not foresee any significant risks in our ability to deliver.

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