A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
NANO1 is the world’s smallest astronomy camera. The NANO1 brings the astronomy imaging experience to you by making it lightweight and simple to use.
Forget DSLR cameras or heavy tripods - NANO1 is your perfect companion for astronomy exploration and capture.
In 2014, I took a trip to see the night skies with the National University of Singapore. Growing up in an urban city like Singapore, it was my first experience of the rural night skies. The inky black sky was filled with stars and the Milky Way spanned across the horizon. It was an impressive sight for a city dweller like me and I wanted to capture and share it with my friends and family.
As a professional photographer, astronomy imaging should be straightforward, but it wasn't. Astronomy imaging was difficult and complex, with technical concepts not common to “everyday” photography.
With the help from local astronomers, I learned how to capture and process images of the night skies, and with their help I want to make a camera that simplifies astronomy imaging for you.
We created the NANO1 astronomy camera to make astronomy imaging small, smart and social.
It uses an augmented reality star map to guide you across the constellations, astronomy exposure preset to simplify astronomy image settings and WiFi control and file transfer to share your images through your smartphone.
Back us to put the wonders of the night sky and exploration in the hands of everyone.
NANO1 is ultra-portable for an astronomy camera. At less than 100g (3.5 oz) with the kit lens attached and 63.25mm (2.49") on its longest side - NANO1 is easily the world’s smallest astronomy camera. Pair it with our mini-tripod and it tips the scale at 250g (8.8 oz) - well below the lightest DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a lens attached.
Augmented Reality Star Map
NANO1 guides you through the stars and constellations, with an augmented reality star map tethered through your smart phone.
It also gives you the best image capture settings using our smart algorithm, for the best image quality.
Patented Noise Reduction Algorithm
A patented noise reduction algorithm cleans it up further, ready to post on social media.
Dual lens mount system
The small black circle accepts small M12 lenses. The larger white circle in this prototype shows the C mount, for professional Cine lenses or adapted SLR lenses and telescopes. (PCB exposed for clearer view. Production versions are covered.)
Share your images instantly. NANO1 pairs with Android and iOS to let you share your images with your friends and family on social media. No computers, card readers nor pesky adapters required.
As there is no cart system, please add the reward price of the accessories to your pledge.
E.g. add S$49 for the telescope adapters.
Please take note of the currency value based on your location. We will send backers a survey at the end of the campaign to find out which accessories is requested.
CEO: Grey is a professional photographer who was inspired by astronomy imaging as an undergraduate, while studying in the National University of Singapore. He came up with the idea of TinyMOS after he realized that astrophotography is complicated and requires heavy and expensive equipment. With the cameras TinyMOS designs, he hopes to make astronomy imaging more accessible to everyone.
CTO: Lih Wei is a graduate from the NUS Faculty of Engineering and was the Chief Product Engineer for Berner International while he was on the prestigious NUS Overseas College program. He has assisted in the design and launch of 2 nano-satellites and led the design and manufacture of IoT connected industrial systems.
Head of Operations
: Jeston is a Computer Engineering graduate from NUS. He was part of the design team for embedded systems and low-level system design in the gaming hardware juggernaut, Razer.
TinyMOS main campaign video in Youtube 1080p
Campaign video credits:
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Can you use it in the day?
Yes, the camera can be used for day to day photography. IR filter can be removed for better astronomy photography as well.
Why use a small sensor?
Small sensor means a smaller system size. A smaller sensor allows you to use a smaller lens and get more zoomed in.
Can it do time lapse?
Yes. It takes time lapse videos as well as a sequence of time lapse stills. The video mode is good for convenience. Time lapse
stills are good for more advanced users who want to stitch their own time lapses.
Will it work in winter?
Mostly yes, it depends on where you are. It’s designed for temperatures of -10 to 55 degree Celsius.
Are your photos edited?
Yes, but the enhancements are built into the camera. You can disable them if you like.
Isn’t the point to star system already on the Play Store on Android and iOS?
Yes, and no. When the TINY1 and the NANO1 concept was designed, it was the only camera that has a star map with an augmented reality (see through camera) mode. It appears to be available on some mobile platforms now, but its great to be able to frame the shot with the preview visible and capture it.
Does it shoot RAW?
Yes, it shoots RAW. We've created a utility that will be made available, to convert the RAW file to DNG.
As with many hardware crowdfunding campaign, there is a risk when going into production and the possibility of delivery delay.
TinyMOS had the experience of running and fulfilling over 800 cameras in the crowdfunding campaign of the TINY1, which raised nearly US$500,000 in 2016.
The experience of running the previous campaign will be invaluable to the successful delivery of the NANO1.
Manufacturing Fulfillment Plan:
1) Single Source. We have tied down manufacturing agreements with an established camera manufacturing house to streamline the process of manufacturing. We're dealing with 1 key supplier for electronics assembly and manufacturing instead of dealing with multiple suppliers for partial components, giving us better accountability.
2) Internal Quality Control. All components are sent to our head office in Singapore for Quality Control and testing before it heads out to our backers.
3) Assembled in Singapore. Final assembly of the camera is handled in Singapore where we can closely monitor the quality of the process.
4) Internal Packaging. All orders will be packed in house before sending out to shipping facilities, to reduce packing mistakes and hold ups.
TinyMOS is fulfilling 100+ NANO1 cameras to TINY1 backers, which will come together with the initial fulfillment of NANO1 backer rewards.
While there are risks to all crowdfunding project, we are confident that with our past experience, we can make it happen together.
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NANO1 Urban explorer set is best used for exploring timelapse of city landscape in conjunction with Sun/Moon rise or set. The super compact zoom lens is also a good choice for imaging the Milky Way in suburban skies
Includes: NANO1 camera and a 3-12mm (16.5-66mm) F1.4 M12 lens