Magnifi connects the iPhone 4 / 4S to your binoculars, microscope, or telescope allowing you to take pictures through the eyepiece. Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 4, 2012.
About this project
Thank you to everyone who has helped make our kickstarter project a success! Post-kickstarter, Magnifi will be available for pre-order with a June 30th ship date at the full retail price of $80 via our webstore at www.arcturuslabs.com.
Huffington Post: "Behold the Magnifi, a first-of-its-kind universal photoadapter iPhone casing.”
Cult of Mac:"Turns microscopes and telescopes into iPhone lenses."
Mashable: "Instagram the night sky"
medGadget:"…snap the phone’s camera in front of an eyepiece and quickly capture images for further use."
Wired: "take photos of microscope slide content, the wonders of space, or a rare bird..."
Magnifi is the world’s first universal photoadapter case for the iPhone. Magnifi connects the camera on your iPhone 4 / 4S to your favorite optical instrument, allowing you to take pictures and video through the eyepiece. This includes binoculars, microscopes, telescopes and almost anything else with an eyepiece.
How it Works
To use Magnifi, simply slip your phone into the Magnifi case and drop it over the eyepiece. Using the built-in camera app, slide the case onto your eyepiece until the image border becomes crisp. Snap the latch closed to lock things in place, and you are ready to go! Check out our video above to see Magnifi in action.
Magnifi is a low maintenance afocal design, meaning there are no extra lenses to keep clean. Rather, it works by precisely aligning the iPhone’s camera with the optical axis of your existing eyepiece.
Magnifi is a two-piece design. It’s case and eyepiece adapter are connected via Magnifi’s unique bayonet mount. To assemble, simply align the two colored dots, and twist counter-clockwise to lock.
The bayonet mount gives Magnifi users instant interchangeability between their existing eyepiece adapters and any future supported phones within the product line. Can I get a high five from our future iPhone 5 owners in the audience?
Magnifi is equipped with a safety latch below the phone’s dock connector that holds your iPhone securely in the case. The latch engages automatically with an audible click whenever you slide your phone into the case. Press down on the latch to release.
Magnifi is made from impact-resistant Polycarbonate plastic. The same plastic that is used nearly all top-end phone cases.
Magnifi’s FeatherGlide design hugs your iPhone's stainless steel band, leaving the glass on both the front and the rear of your phone touch free. In fact, Magnifi has ample room inside the case for both front and rear screen protectors.
Magnifi is the world’s first iPhone universal photoadapter case, meaning it works on almost any optical instrument, and it is small enough to fit in your pocket. Photoadapter brackets have been around for a while, but they are all either too big to be a case that fits in your pocket, or they only fit a few eyepieces.
Most brackets also have knobs or sliders that require endless fiddling to align the image. With Magnifi, we've eliminated all of that. Magnifi's eyepiece adapter aligns your camera with the optical axis of the eyepiece automatically, and a simple latch locks everything in place.
Will Magnifi Work For Me?
Magnifi was designed to work with eyepieces that are 1in – 1.5in in diameter (25mm – 38mm). If your eyepiece has large eye seals, they must be removable. In order to align you phone's camera with the eyepiece, Magnifi must be able to slide down over the eyepiece at least 1in (25mm) without obstruction.
It is important that you measure your device before ordering, to know whether Magnifi will work for you. While Magnifi does fit some eyepieces outside of the range specified above, we chose a conservative set of specifications to ensure that our users will be happy with the Magnifi's image quality.
Custom Sizing Bands
For eyepieces on the smaller end of the diameter range specified above, Magnifi comes with custom molded silicone sizing bands that slide over your eyepiece to ensure that you get the same great fit, each and every time.
Tips and Tricks at your Fingertips
A QR code on the inside of your Magnifi case links directly to a How-To Video, in case you ever get stuck. It stays with you wherever you go, so you don’t have to tote around a paper manual. There are a number of free apps on the AppStore that can read QR codes. If you are just getting started, we recommend using RedLaser.
Automatic Scale Bars: There's an App for That...
All you need to get started is the iPhone's built-in Camera App. However, so many people have been holding their phones up to the eyepiece, that there are a number of Apps designed for iPhone eyepiece photography. For starters, check out the eyeMicroscope app that let's you add automatic scale bars to your images.
Our beta testers love Magnifi! They've found it useful in a variety of applications including the following:
Magnifi is rugged and ready at a moment's notice. Share your passion for nature with those you love.
Whatever envelope of human knowledge you push everyday, Magnifi makes it easy to capture your images for use in papers, posters, group meetings and conference talks.
Magnifi simplifies medical documentation and empowers quick informal consults. In clinical training, Magnifi eliminates constant swapping at the microscope, at the fraction of the cost of a multi-headed training microscope. It is a powerful tool for both Pathology and Telemedicine.
Research and Development
In R&D, Magnifi is useful for anyone that works with small parts. Great for inspection and test, mechanical assembly (including assembly instructions), troubleshooting, repair, soldering, and much more. Also greatly enhances conversations with your suppliers.
Magnifi lets multiple students see the same image, enabling them to work together and share limited resources. You can even use Skype or Facetime to stream live demos to your classroom projector.
Explore the universe with the swipe of a fingertip and share what you find with anyone, anywhere.
Project Status : Injection Molded
After months of iteration with our beta testers, Magnifi's design is now complete. We dipped deep into our personal savings to create and qualify the plastic injection mold tooling. Now we're turning to KickStarter for Support. We need your help with the initial full production run, the costs of which are dominated by large setup fees.
Polar Bear Stickers
Included with every Magnifi. Spiff up your laptop, your car, or any other part of your life!
Spread the Word
If you think our project is neat, "like" us on Facebook using the button at the top of the page. If you have friends, coworkers, or family members with one of the passions or professions mentioned above, consider sending them a quick note with a link to our Kickstarter page. Even if they don't end up pre-ordering a Magnifi, they'll be thrilled that you thought of them.
With your support, Magnifi will change the way people everywhere capture and share their images. Thanks, Kickstarters!
iPhone 5 is just the beginning (to debut 3 months after release). Don't have an iPhone? Send us a message using the button below to let us know which devices you own and would like to use with Magnifi.
We need to hear from you. If we can justify the molding costs based on demand, we would love to support your device. When you write, also let us know what your next phone or device purchase is likely to be, as it will help us determine which devices to support in the future.
Yes. Magnifi fits most microscopes as well as a majority of binoculars and telescopes. While it is important to measure your eyepieces to know for sure whether Magnifi will work for you, we realize that you don't constantly carry them around.
If you don't have your device and a ruler handy, you can still order and modify (or even withdrawl) your pledge anytime before the Kickstarter ends on May 3rd.
After Kickstarter is over, we will send out a survey that gives you a chance to input your most up-to-date address, in case you've moved or plan to do so after pledging. You can expect to receive the survey via email 2-3 weeks before the scheduled shipping date for your specific reward. Your prompt attention on these are appreciated, so as not to delay arrival of you Magnifi(s).
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#1 FAN. We'll send you three of our Polar Bear oval stickers via mail along with a personal thank you letter. Use the stickers to spiff up your laptop lid, your car or any other part of your life. Remember to stick responsibly!Estimated delivery:
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