The Tiger Cam 3D microscope lets you explore objects up close in 3D on your digital TV. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on November 28, 2012.
About this project
Tiger Cam works with your own TV to view objects magnified up close in 3D.
Ordinary objects come to life like you have never seen them before when you view them up close with Tiger Cam. Seeing this tiny world with a regular magnifier or microscope is fascinating, but wait until you see this amazing world up close with incredible 3D depth.
Tiger Cam and Viewing Base Prototype
The Tiger Cam Viewing Base has 6 degrees of Freedom for viewing objects at different angles.
Breakout dongle which connects everything together. The production version will be smaller and combined with the battery box.
How Does It Work?
Using the included TigerEye wireless 3D glasses, you can view high-definition full color 3D live motion images of any object put in front of the Tiger Cam.
Tiger Cam works with your standard digital television to display vivid 3D images. You don't need a 3D compatible TV to use Tiger Cam. The TigerEye 3D glasses work with a standard digital TV! Tiger Cam connects with an HDMI cable to your digital TV. You can also use Tiger Cam with CRT analog TVs using a composite video cable.
Since the TigerEye 3D glasses are wireless, the Tiger Cam will work with as many glasses as you want so you and others can view 3D video from the Tiger Cam together.
No Really, How Does It Work?!
The Tiger Cam produces live 3D images on your TV by actually viewing objects in stereoscopic vision at a magnified level. Tiger Cam works with powered active shutter LCD glasses to let you view 3D images split into both left and right eye perspectives displayed on your TV. The TigerCaster wireless transmitter signals the TigerEye 3D glasses when to change the view from one eye to the other at the right moment the image for that eye is shown on your TV. The high resolution CMOS camera inside the Tiger Cam captures images from both eyes' perspective in vivid full color HD video. Since each of your eyes sees a slightly different HD video image, the perceived image quality is actually greater than that of viewing standard 2D video. Since Tiger Cam connects to your digital television with a digital uncompressed video link, the images from the camera sensor are preserved and the image quality is very sharp. If you use a CRT TV, the high resolution image sensor in the Tiger Cam can deliver broadcast-quality images on NTSC and PAL televisions. The Tiger Cam has its own built in 6 direction illuminator, so objects can be illuminated to provide a wide 3D viewing angle.
Tiger Cam uses our custom designed image processing gate array managed by a soft core CPU. (We made the CPU a 6502 because what more would anyone need?) There is also an SDRAM on board for frame buffering and scaling of image frames. The TMDS digital video signals are driven directly from the gate array. An external NTSC/PAL encoder chip is used for the composite video output.
Two 720p CMOS image sensors, one for each eye view, capture the live video images and are then multiplexed, enhanced, and sent through to the video output. Six white LEDs provide illumination. This consistent lighting allows the cameras to be calibrated to a known light source to provide the best image quality.
We developed our own IR signaling for the 3D wireless glasses to trigger the LCD shutters for each eye. The 3D glasses have an 8 bit controller to receive the IR signal and control the LCD shutters. (You guessed it- another 6502.)
What we'll include in a Tiger Cam System:
• Tiger Cam hand-held camera head: The Tiger Cam camera head is used to view objects and has the built-in Tiger Cam video controls.
• Tiger Cam viewing base: Tiger Cam can also be docked in the viewing base. This base gives you 6 degrees of freedom to manipulate objects and focus at different viewing depths.
• Tiger Caster wireless transmitter: This is used to connect the Tiger Cam wirelessly to TigerEye Wireless 3D Glasses.
• Tiger Cam breakout dongle. This connects all the components together, and has the plugs for composite video and HDMI cables.
• TigerEye Wireless 3D Glasses: Every system will come with TigerEye wireless 3D glasses. The number of pairs included varies by your pledge amount. Batteries will be included with all pairs.
• Wall power supply: We will include a wall power supply so you can power the Tiger Cam system when batteries are not used.
• HDMI Cable: An HDMI cable is included to connect the Tiger Cam to your digital TV. (A composite video cable is not included with the system. A standard RCA video cable can be used for CRT TV users.)
• Specimen Jar and Petri Dish: You can put your objects for viewing in these included accessories.
• Tiger Cam Manual: A full user manual will be included with the system, and will also be available online.
Why we're coming to you for funding
We are seeking funding to allow us to produce Tiger Cam on our own. Production of a product like Tiger Cam requires a large capital investment. We work closely with many contract manufacturers to bring products we develop to market, but production is usually funded by our clients. Tiger Cam is our own original product, and we are bringing it to the Kickstarter community to help us raise the funds to allow our company to fully fund its production independently. Tooling and product materials can be very costly, and we also are preparing to secure required licenses for digital TV HDMI that have a five-figure cost per year alone. We will use our backers' pledges to fund tooling for injection molding of the many Tiger Cam components, and to fund the materials and manufacturing cost for our first production run. We have great experience bringing electronic consumer products through production to market, and we are looking forward to teaming up with Kickstarter to help us with the production of Tiger Cam. Most of all, we are excited to get Tiger Cam out on the market for everyone to enjoy.
If we reach a bonus funding goal of $320,000 we will integrate an SD card slot into every Tiger Cam system which will let you save 3D snapshots and share them with other Tiger Cam owners. Trade 3D pictures online which you can then view with other Tiger Cams. You will also be able to view 3D photo content from other sources. You will even be able to view 3D space photos from NASA on your Tiger Cam!
Tiger Cam Specifications
• Camera resolution: 1280x720
• Digital TV picture resolution: HD 720p for both left/right eye view
• Composite video resolution: 720x480
• Digital video output: HDMI
• Composite video output: NTSC/PAL
• Image magnification: 100x for a 30" TV
• Power: 7VDC wall power supply (120V/240V) or 5xAA batteries
• 3D Glasses: IR controlled active-shutter LCD
• 3D Glasses power: 6V (two lithium coin batteries)
HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing, LLC.
• Precision Projection Systems, Inc.
• Disby Comics
• Messina and Dante
• Max St. Claire
• Mo and Orlando at Park Place Prod.
Tiger Cam could be used not only as a toy, a nice gadget but also at conferences or in the classrooms.
Risks and challenges
The Tiger Cam electronics and optics design are complete. These are the critical technologies which make Tiger Cam a reality and we have developed and tested these technologies over the past few years and are confident we have conquered any obstacles with the design. We don't anticipate any concerns with development of the final industrial design for tooling and molding. These will mainly be aesthetic forms and we look forward to making a great looking product with superior functionality.
We already have contract manufacturers/factories available to produce the Tiger Cam in volume. Our CMs are enthusiastic and will work with us to manufacture a great product.
COMPONENT LEAD TIMES:
We realize that some of the components used to build Tiger Cam can have significant lead times (sometimes quoted in months!) and we will take special attention to make sure that we secure all the component inventory we need to meet our manufacturing timeline. We have designed the Tiger Cam with a flexible electronics platform to make it adaptable for multiple component sources as a contingency plan.
FCC/SAFETY TESTING, STANDARDS LICENSING:
Tiger Cam is a consumer electronics product, and is subject to radio interference and safety regulations in various world markets. We have factored in the process of testing for both EMI standards and safety regulations for the world market. There is some uncertainty in the production design pending these tests. We will work to adjust our production design as quickly as possible if needed to meet these standards so we can comply.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Tiger cam works the same way a 3D television does, but since it does not have to show action movies or fast motion it works great with the 60 frames per second display rate of a standard TV. Using this standard frame rate also helps to keep the cost of the 3D glasses lower than those usually required for a 3D TV.
Tiger cam video output is 720p HD format in 16 million colors. The apparent resolution of the video screen is actually much greater because both of your eyes see their own HD video picture.
Tiger Cam magnifies objects and displays them enraged on your TV screen. The magnification of the object depends on the size of your TV. For reference, an object will be magnified about 125 times when displayed on a 40 inch TV.
Tiger cam presents magnified video in 3D centered on the image plane of your television. 3D viewing can be uncomfortable for some viewers when there is a large difference between the depth of the 3D imagery and the distance to the actual display screen. Your eyes will focus on the images from the Tiger Cam the same way they do during normal TV viewing which provides a very comfortable experience for the viewer.
Tiger cam is powered with wall adapter power supply which is included with a Tiger Cam system. It can also be used with five AA batteries. (batteries not included!)
I already have a 3D capable television. Can Tiger Cam work with my 3D TV and the 3D glasses I already have?
Yes! Tiger cam can either display standard video on your TV with it's own Tiger Eye 3D glasses or it can output 3D video which will work with your 3D TV and it's own compatible 3D glasses.
Yes, Tiger Cam has both a 2D and 3D display mode. We used the 2D mode in the project video since you would see the double image in 3D mode without 3D glasses.
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