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.
Thank you for viewing this project, If you havent already please watch the introduction video. I am no presenter and I assure you, without the PTP2 I would not have been able to make this presentation.
The PTP2 is a studio quality 3D printed teleprompter designed around larger iPads, tablets, PC’s and displays. It is lightweight and adaptable to a wide range of cameras from professional video cameras to DSLR’s. This project makes the PTP2 available as a full out-of-the-box ready to go product as well as a 3D printed build your own kit.
A teleprompter adds a professional touch to any studio making on-camera presentations, it makes them smoother, faster and more consistent. A teleprompter will improve your presenters confidence and allow them to really engage with your audience by delivering that punchline while retaining solid eye contact.
Why I designed the PTP2 Teleprompter
Ever had to settle for that final take that was just 'ok' but because it took 5 takes the talent started to forget the talking points? Yep, me too. And while i'm on a rant, you know what really gets me soooooooo mad? Really blood boiling mad, when i'm editing and realise that the first take had all the points but all the gaffs and the final one I have to go with had no gaffs but lacked the first takes energy and detail, and to cap it all the talent was ME! - THATS why I need a Teleprompter, THAT's why YOU need a Teleprompter and THATS why I designed the PTP2. (sorry for shouting).
Iv'e tried to use my phone, but by the time the font is big enough for me to read comfortably without been too close to the camera there's only room on the screen for three or four words. I needed something bigger, a decent screen size that allowed me to see the words far enough away and enough of them to read ahead. This led me to design the PTP2.
Teleprompter Weight: 730g Maximum Tablet Size: 327mm x 260mm (12.8" x 10.2") Maximum Tablet Weight: 1Kg Maximum Camera Weight: 3Kg.
Now, let’s get to the bit you’re really interested in, the rewards.
Download 3D Print Files and Plans A download link to all STL files and assembly drawings will be released within 1 week of funds been released. (typically within 4 weeks from the end of the campaign). Assembly video will be released soon after.
Download + Mirror and Blackout Hood As the Download Links reward and in addition a 3mm acrylic half mirror and blackout hood will be sent out as soon as they are available. All the detail you need to build the full product with the two key parts.
Parts Kit Got access to a 3D printer and you like to build stuff? Then this one is for you. All the non-printed components you need This kit includes:
All metal components cut and pre-drilled ready for assembly
All nuts, bolts, washers, screws and fittings needed.
Black-out hood and a 3mm acrylic half mirror.
PTP2 Teleprompter. This is the full product shipped with a cleaning cloth. Just add your own tripod, camera, ipad/tablet with teleprompter software and your ready to nail those on-camera monologues with style.
Glass / Mirror used.
The PTP2 is designed to take a glass or mirror 300 x 280mm and up to 6mm / 1/4" thick.
For the best results a half or two way mirror is best, but because the PTP2 is supplied with a high quality blackout hood you can get good results from standard glass. Although a mirror will give the sharpest text to read it will attenuate the light reaching your camera a little, so if you don't have good lighting clear glass will give you better overall performance. We would recommend safety glass with the edges made safe or plastic. Standard disclaimer: You are responsible for whatever glass you use and its handling.
The blackout hood is the key component to the success of the teleprompter, without it the performance will be very poor with reflections from above the mirror or glass becoming visible on your video. We would highly recommend using a blackout hood otherwise you will be disappointed. If your making your own make sure you use blackout cloth, don't be tempted to use black cloth, it just does not work the same, believe me we have tried it.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Hang on a second you might say, its only just launched and there’s a FAQ already? That only normally happens after its gone live! Well, ok, good point. These first 3 questions might have been questions I asked myself.
1. What does PTP stand for?
PTP stands for ‘Printed TelePrompter’. I lack a certain amount of imagination when it comes to naming things.
2. What does the 2 stand for in PTP2?
The 2 refers to model 2. Model 1 is a smaller one designed for use with mobile phones, we decided to launch with model 2 first and possibly launch model 1 at later date depending on how things go with model 2.
3. Do I need a Teleprompter?
Yes, yes you really do, and the PTP2 is the ideal one for you.
For more sensible frequently asked questions, check out the official project FAQ in the link below.
Risks and challenges
Design: No problem there, its all finished.
Download data: Already 80% finished.
Production of non-printed parts: Not an issue. We have production jigs all ready to go. All our parts are dual sourced to minimise any delays.
Production of 3D printed parts: This is the nice bit. Our printer is all ready to go and we are that confident in this campaign that we are making parts ready for assembly. The biggest risk is you guys order big and outstrip out production capacity, that would be great because all we need to do is buy another printer. Go on, give me a reason to buy more printers, please.
The biggest risk is getting our website and instruction videos up and running on time, this we are currently working on and its currently on track.
As always there may be an unexpected delay caused by suppliers, printer failure or the yet unknown. I have been in business for over 17 years and well experienced in dealing with the unexpected. I intend to keep all backers fully informed of all developments (good or bad) and look forward to providing a successful campaign.