The Eye Eye - a revolutionary remote camera for your phone
The Eye Eye - a revolutionary remote camera for your phone
Thumb sized and Ninja nimble - the Eye Eye remote camera for your phone captures all the action from those hard to see or reach places
Thumb sized and Ninja nimble - the Eye Eye remote camera for your phone captures all the action from those hard to see or reach places Read more
We love good innovative technology - because - and this is what gets us super excited - we can use it to create new, useful and unique products that are affordable for everyone. We believe that new products should also add to the value of what we already own.
The Eye Eye remote camera for your Android phone embodies this mission - we re-use the expensive components within the phone, the touch screen, processor, memory and battery. This then allows us to make a very small, light and exceptionally versatile low cost camera. It's also waterproof, has an onboard LED torch, comes with a telescopic pole, has a fitting for additional lenses and is available in bright can't miss it orange
The eye eye works with a number of Android apps. including the excellent CameraFi.
Developing a product is a complex process, requiring skills from many disciplines. In a nut shell there is creative thinking, electronics design, industrial design, manufacturing engineering, communications and marketing, distribution and the overall business accumen to tie everything together.
The team involved here is drawn from around the world with a hub based in Edinburgh, Scotland. So in an attempt to get everyone whose contribution has got us this far and will get us far beyond the delivery of the first eye eyes, here goes. Business advice, early stage project funding and legal support has come from the Scottish government via Business gateway and Scottish Enterprise. Electronics developement from Cenric Consulting and Gemtron, Industrial design from Cramasie, Berg and i4Design. Manufacturing collaborations with Aonic, Gemtron, Edinburgh Hacklab and Alexs Hub. Marketing and communications from Rude Communications. Legal advice from Scintilla. And thanks to everyone else who has contributed with ideas and positive criticism.
Central to all this activity is Barry Wright the team leader. He is an experienced electronics design engineer with proven track record in developing solutions for complex problems. Is the inventor of seventeen global patents granted around the world for innovative solutions over a career in research and development. Successful project management from concept to high volume sales.
Over ten years at SanDisk developed the data management systems behind Solid State Drive technology to generate seventeen high value patents applicable to most phones and small computers.
He worked at Nokia on the development of their first phones to incorporate cameras and high quality display screens. These were the forerunners of the smart phones of today. He also developed a 'mobile phone system on a chip' in a collaboration with National Semiconductor while working at Sensei/VTech.
Where we are
The seeds of the concept were sown when Barry was working at Nokia on those first phones with cameras. 'I thought it would be really useful if the camera could be moved away from the display screen', but the first ideas all seemed too expensive. It was not until around 2014 when all the required pieces of technology became available, USB video class, phones that had operating systems to handle USB, and sufficiently powerful processors.
Since then the idea has been developed with market research, electronics design feasibility studies, early stage industrial design, sourcing of components, and manufacturing costings. We now have been through a few versions of prototypes both for the electronics and industrial design.
There is still a load of work to be done, the electronics need optimisation, the design of the housing needs work to meet our demands. Then the really expensive stuff including the certification process and the very, very expensive tooling up for production. This is why we need your help.
Risks and challenges
The team behind the Eye Eye are highly experienced designers of smart phones and other electronics products, as well as industrial designers with a broad range of experience.
Since this project uses well established technology, there are very few ‘unknowns’ that would put the delivery of this project at risk. For the tech geek – the technology the Eye Eye uses to link the Eye Eye to the smart phone is USB including the UVC (USB Video class) communications protocol.
There are some challenges with respect to the technical specification.
- The focus distance of the camera lens. This is expected to be 10cm. To provide the capability within the camera 'to zoom', we are creating the option to attach different lenses.
- 100% waterproof and freezeproof . Electronics and water don't mix. That's why the housing for the camera needs to be completely watertight. We will be rigorously testing the Eye Eye so that we can unequivocally claim that it is protected from dust and capable of withstanding water immersion between 15 cm and 1 meter for 30 minutes (rated IP67).
- Competitively priced components. Our mission is to bring to market new, innovative and useful products that use existing technology. This is so we can offer products to people at a price that is affordable for most. We are working hard to source competitively priced physical components to build the Eye Eye, so that we can achieve our mission
- Compatibility with handsets. We are Team Android.
To work with an Eye Eye your phone must be UVC enabled.
Apples are NOT.
An excelent Android app that works with the 'eye eye' is from CameraFi, at http://camerafi.com/.
This link at their website identifies 55 known UVC compatible phones:
Samsung phones from Galaxy S3 and upwards.
Nexus 5 and upwards from a range of manufacturers, and
A range from LG.
However, there are some known not to work, so do check.
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