Fopydo is short for photo-copy documents and it is a two-part solution for using digital cameras for scanning loose sheets, notebooks, books and photographs. It consists of a portable copy stand and image processing software.
Our stand is designed to hold a camera device in a stable manner and in an optimal position with respect to the scanned item. This assures the quality and consistency of the scans as compared to freehand picture taking. As a result, our scanning software can easily process batches of documents quickly without the need for framing individual pictures one at a time.
The image processing software is designed to work with the stand, and this makes our solution more complete than other software available on the market.
More about Fopydo stand...
We designed our stand on the premise that most users might be willing to trade a bit of quality and some professional features of other, big and expensive stands for affordability, simplicity, portability and ease of use.
First, we decided that there's no need for a dedicated camera since virtually everybody owns some kind of picture taking gadget that can produce pretty high quality images. Our stand will accommodate most smart phones, tablets and point & shoot cameras. As a result a single stand can be shared by many people - for instance, at a school or a library.
Then, we came up with the basic form for the stand that would allow scanning loose sheets of paper in the horizontal and vertical position, photographs, as well as books and notebooks. All this can be done while sitting comfortably at your desk. We looked at different materials and decided to use corrugated plastic as it offered proper strength and rigidity and allowed us to incorporate into the design hinges and adjustment slides without adding any additional components. To facilitate scanning of creased paper and books, we added a sheet of low-glare clear plastic.
Finally, we decided to use a micro suction material to hold the camera in place – this works great as most cameras, smart phones and tablets have a smooth face that will adhere to the micro suction tape. Formed wire elements provide additional protection for the camera in case the holding power of the suction cups is not sufficient. We also added narrow strips of micro-suction tape to the scanning surface to keep photographs flat during scanning.
Our stand can be set up very quickly. It has a small foot print, so it won't occupy your entire desk. You'll get very nice results using just ambient light or regular office lighting. When not in use, it folds flat for storage and it will fit into a briefcase if you need to take it on the road.
The stand comes in two sizes: Small – folds flat to 10.5” wide x 10” high and works with cellular phones and point-and-shoot digital cameras. Large – folds flat to 12”wide x 10”high and works with digital cameras, cell phones and tablets.
We are going to offer two colors: black and 'natural'.
Project backers requested a way to secure larger cameras and cell phones/tablets with covers to the stand. The attachment shown below will be included with your stand.
Please follow the link below to see a picture album showing applications of this attachment. The album was prepared using Fopydo software and it is a good example of image compression - 15 pictures, album size - 754KB.
Fopydo software works on Macs and PCs. When images are captured using a smart phone, we are using apps to transfer images wirelessly (e.g. PhotoSync for iPhone). When images are captured using a digital camera, images may be transferred wirelessly using Eye-Fi card, but for larger jobs (like book scans) it is faster to use a card reader.
Fopydo software is versatile and can be used in many ways. Here are some examples:
Students can take all notes and write homework in one notebook - Fopydo
separates subjects using generated barcodes and then appends scanned items to the appropriate document.
Digitize signatures and insert them into any documents.
Scan and perform OCR on documents and books, and arrange the pages in proper order.
Create and email compressed photo albums.
Create line drawings from photographs.
Process documents captured using
document scanners or received via internet fax.
It is important to mention that after using the Fopydo software to process photographs, the resulting document is far more legible and occupies a fraction of the original disk space.
Using Fopydo software to create patent drawings
On March 16th 2013 United States went from the 'First to Invent' to the 'First to File' system. Fopydo software can facilitate preparation of patent drawings by independent inventors. Tracing over images of the prototype of the invention is a good way to create patent drawings, but images straight from the camera may be hard to trace - the lines drawn by you may not be visible on top of the image from the camera. Fopydo software has an option for creating line drawing from images taken by a digital camera. Below is an example of how to create a patent drawing - but please note that you need to familiarize yourself with the use of various types of lines, call-outs, labels etc. A good book, like Patent It Yourself (NOLO, author David Pressman) should be your first step.
Help us in taking Fopydo to the next level
Fopydo is not just an idea; it has produced tangible results. We have designed and tested the production version of the scanning stand and it has performed as intended. The Fopydo software has been in active development for several years now, and has an expansive set of useful features. At this point, we want to bring the project to fruition. We need support from Kickstarter in order to take our project to production on a larger scale.
A free version of our software is available on our website - fopydo.com - please check it out. Our supporters will get a professional version of our software with an improved user interface and the ability to create searchable PDF documents using OCR.
Risks and challenges
Our prototypes were made using time consuming techniques. We would like to use die-cutting process to manufacture the final products in large quantities. However, we still have to verify that die-cutting process will yield satisfactory results. To address this we are working with a local shop to fabricate the die-cutting forms for us.
The free version of our software served as a testbed of new functionality. This allowed us to gather users’ comments early in the development process. We use that input to refine the professional version of our software.
We took our time to investigate the subject area and build a competent team:
Tomek Wardega - software development and stand design
Andrzej Kuzma – CAD design/engineering and manufacturing
Kacper Wardega – tester and consultant; every day user of Fopydo in school - one of our primary targets
Konrad Foremski – video, photography and lighting consultant