NVC: Night Vision camera, battery case for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus
NVC: Night Vision camera, battery case for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus
HD Night Vision (5MP), Battery Backup, Unlimited Media Storage, Streaming Video and more, all built around a Raspberry Pi!
HD Night Vision (5MP), Battery Backup, Unlimited Media Storage, Streaming Video and more, all built around a Raspberry Pi! Read more
About this project
NVC is the first night vision camera built right into a battery backup case. Here is a list of feature highlights:
- Night vision camera capable of capturing 5 megapixel pictures and HD video in TOTAL DARKNESS.
- WiFi enabled and controlled through the free NVC app on the iOS and Android devices.
- 940nm LEDs built into the case for night vision.
- microSD card slot built in to store captured video and pictures.
- Video and pictures in your iPhone’s camera roll can be backed up to the inserted microSD.
- Virtually unlimited media storage for your iPhone due to the microSD slot.
- Manage the inserted microSD card using WiFi on your PC or MAC.
- Battery backup for up to 100% extra charge for your iPhone 6 and 6 plus.
Created by experts passionate about product design, NVC is an iPhone case like no other!
NVC Prototype for the iPhone 6 Plus:
NVC Connection process video:
Some pictures taken using NVC in total darkness:
Some examples of NVC captured videos:
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have amazing cameras built in but they can’t see in the dark.
NVC can! NVC lets you snap pictures and videos even in total darkness thanks to the night vision camera and infrared LEDs built into the case. Best of all, NVC can be detached and remotely monitored anywhere within Wi-Fi reach of your iPhone or iPad using the NVC app! This means that you can use NVC to remotely monitor and record videos without having to leave your iPhone behind, such as a security camera or a baby monitor.
We all love to take pictures and videos all the time, but if you are like me or my friends and family, you will run out of memory at some point on your iPhone and have to erase some of those pictures and videos to make more room. The microSD slot built into NVC solves this problem.
You can copy your camera roll pictures and videos into an inserted memory card to make more room available on your iPhone for pictures and videos. The videos and pictures you capture with NVC are also stored in the same memory card so they don't take any space on your iPhone. Best of all, this is all done using the free NVC app and there is no need to connect to your computer or to use any other software. This makes it very easy to do for anyone anywhere.
The battery on the iPhone lasts a while, but if you are like us, we tend to use our iPhones quite a bit during the day and run out of battery. We have incorporated a Lithium Polymer battery into NVC that will provide up to an additional 100% battery charge for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus so you do not have to worry about charging as often or have to be attached to the cord.
NVC is perfect for professional and personal applications, like:
- Seeing in TOTAL DARKNESS
- Low-Light Photography and Filmmaking
- Baby Monitor
- Airsoft and Paintball
- Wildlife observation
- Personal and Home Security
- Camping and Hiking
- Security Guards
- Night Life
- Dash Cam
- Hide and Seek
- And for fun
Applications and experimental uses:
NVC can be used in virtually an unlimited number of applications and experimental projects.
Here are some example of applications for NVC:
NVC has 8 high power 940nm Infrared LEDs built in that makes it possible to see in total darkness up to 30 feet away. The Infrared light from NVC is not visible to the human eye making it perfect for any night time monitoring such as security monitoring, wildlife observation, monitoring the inside of your home at night, monitor your front door without alerting to the camera, your backyard to look for intruders and wildlife, your garage, shop, or any other location that you feel needs monitoring.
The NVC infrared LEDs can also be turned off so you can see using the ambient infrared lighting or to see if anyone else is monitoring you in any way using infrared lighting!
NVC communicates with your iPhone using WiFi which enables you to detach NVC from your phone and monitor any location remotely while you hold your phone in hand such as using NVC as a baby monitor, attaching NVC to a pole or a monopod and looking around the corner or in your attic.
The night vision camera in NVC can capture 5MP images or HD videos that are recorded on the inserted microSD memory card. This allows for remote capturing of videos and images as well as live monitoring. Use NVC for night vision photography, filmmaking, or just shooting some interesting videos in total or near darkness in special occasions, parties, or any other social setting.
The infrared light built into NVC can penetrate through some pigments and let you see through some materials. We have run some experiments with this and found that we could see through some plastics, liquids and inks. You can run your own experiments as well.
NVC is built around the Raspberry Pi Compute module. The Raspberry Pi is the brains where all the NVC software resides.
We took the Raspberry Pi Module and designed our own PCB to fit the module in and to add the other needed components such as the power supply, charging controller, WiFi module, IR LED driver, and other components to create NVC.
NVC communicates with Your iPhone or iPad through a Wi-Fi peer-to-peer connection, meaning it's protected with a secure video feed.
NVC 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.
NVC has its own on-board battery that provides up to 4 hours of active use. That means it won’t drain the battery in your iPhone but it will provide power to charge your iPhone when needed.
- WI-FI: 802.11b/g/n
- Basic protocol: TCP/IP, UDP/IP, DHCP
- Channel: 1~11, 1~13, 1~14
- Image compression mode: JPEG
- Video codec: H.264
- Sensor: 5MP color sensor
- Illumination: 8 x 940nm high power IR LEDs
- Night vision distance: 30 feet (nearly 10 meters) away
- Power: 2000mAh (4000mAh for the iPhone 6 Plus) Lithium battery
- Working time: 2-4 hours
- Charging time: 2-3 hours
- Charging voltage: 5V
- Charging Port: standard Micro-USB
- Wi-Fi operating distance: 100mt. in open area, 30mt. in normal area
- 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
Risks and challenges
We have proven working NVC hardware (both internal electronics and embedded software) which only require a few simple modifications before being ready for mass production. The next step is to make these minor changes and do a final quick run of prototypes before pressing the “go button” for volume manufacturing. We also have to make sure the hardware is compliant to the relevant standards for sale (FCC for the U.S, CE for Europe and others).
The risks and challenges for hardware revolve around final prototyping, manufacturing and compliance.
If the final ‘production’ prototypes have any issues this may cause a delay while we figure out the problem and fix it. The risk of this being a problem is very small as we’re only changing minor things.
If we hit lead time issues for components or other unforeseen manufacturing issues that may delay our ship date. These kinds of issues are difficult to control but signing with an experienced manufacturing partner will reduce this risk.
If we have compliance problems this could also cause delays to the schedule while we change the design to fix the problem. However NVC has been designed with this in mind from the beginning so we do not see this as a large risk.
We have working apps for the iOS, and Android platforms which are mostly complete. We just have to add final polish to the user interface and submit the apps for approval. The only risk would be within the approval process which we do not anticipate any issues with as we are working with a company that has published many apps before. Overall, the risk that software will delay NVC is minimal, especially as it will be very easy for users to upgrade their apps.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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