About this project
ABC Channel 7 WXYZ - So your arm is no longer the limit
Android Police - It's a novel idea
The Gadgeteer - Just pair the Shuttr with the device and you’re done
If you missed out on being part of the project, please visit on our website (www.mukulabs.com) for preordering.
What is Muku Shuttr?
Muku Shuttr is a bluetooth remote camera control for your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Notes 2, Notes Tab 8.1, Notes 10.1, LG Nexus 4.
Why Muku Shuttr?
- Ever tried taking self-portrait with your smartphone but found that the view was always limited by your arm-length?
- Ever tried to take a group photo but one guy is always missing in the picture?
- Ever trying to take photo with kids but they never stay in front of the camera for more than 2 seconds?
Muku Shuttr is designed to solve all these problem by resting in your keychain and allow you to take photo with yourself, your friends and your kids anytime you want.
You can use it as a Powerpoint Remote
You can use Muku Shuttr as a powerpoint remote. Just pair up with you computer (Mac / Windows), switch the Shuttr to Android mode. And it works right the way. I have put on a short video showing how to do that.
What are the differences?
Muku Shuttr is probably the most easy to use Remote Shutter for Smartphone ever invented.
1. It works both on iOS and Samsung S4, S3, Notes 2, 10.1, LG Nexus 4 and many other Android 4.1+ devices with bluetooth 3.0+.
2. It works WITHOUT downloading or installing 3rd party camera app!*
3. At 6 mm thickness, it is the world's thinnest remote shutter release ever invented! So small that you can carry it as a keychain so that you capture every precious moments in your daily life.
July 30: Stretch Goal Revision: Pouches, Colors
Free bag with every order
Every unit of a Muku Shuttr will receive a carrying pouch. Yes, every unit. From early bird to anyone pledging before the deadline.
New Colors available now in limited quantity
As suggested by some backers we are going to make 2 new colors available immediately in limited quantities. We will use our manual prototyping color processing so that we can avoid the minimum quantities set by our manufacturing partners. The new colors will be available at $39 and will be limited to 100 units each for this campaign.
*Important: Compatibility List
IOS: No app needed for IOS 5.0 or above devices with Camera
- iPhone 3GS / 4 / 4S / 5
- iPod touch 5th Generation or above
- iPad 2 or above, iPad Mini
Android: Bluetooth 3.0+, Android 4.1+
- No app needed for Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Notes 2, Notes 8, Notes 10.1, LG Nexus 4
- App needed for HTC new one, One X+ Sony Expedia S / Z
- We do NOT recommend other Android phone which is not mentioned above
Blackberry / Windows Phone / Symbian: Not Compatible
The beauty of kickstarter is that we can clash ideas with other project creators and come out with something even better.
1. Turn your smartphone into a telephoto DLSR using Snapzoom and Shuttr
Snapzoom is a successful Kickstarter project which turns ordinary binoculars into super telephoto lenses using a universal iPhone and Android adapter .
By using Shuttr with Snapzoom, you don't need to touch the screen when you take picture with long lens, avoiding camera shaking. Check out the moon photo taken by Daniel, the project creator of snapzoom, and you will be amazed on what you can do on your smartphone with snapzoom and Shuttr.
Also check out the video demo on how Shuttr and Snapzoom works together.
One of our backers Jeffrey suggested that using snapzoom and shuttr on a microscope would save $1500 for an camera enhanced microscope. Every researcher can take quick and dirty microscopy then.
Get your Snapzoom at
Kickstarter crossover 2: Meet iBlazr
We received a lot of positive feedback about how Shuttr and Snapzoom can do together to make your smartphone acting like a DSLR.
But something is missing. Yes, it's a decent flashlight!
Our backer Kyle told us about another popular Kickstarter project iBlazr. And we immediately communicated with Vlad, the project creator of iBlazr, to sort out if Shuttr and iBlazr can work together. By sharing technology knowhow between the 2 projects, the iBlazr team has reengineered their IOS and Android API.
We are happy to announce that using Muku Shuttr, you can remotely control iBlazr! Which means you can take selfies with a decent flashlight now!
Check out iBlazr!
Kickstarter crossover 3: Setting up a photo booth with MagBak
Many of you asked about the little suction pad shown in the video that allows you to stick your phone on the window. We did a number of tests and found that this suction pad might not be able to hold some phones in a very secure manner.
For those who want to take selfies, Alex from MagBak came to our rescue. MagBak is the thinest iPad mount which can stick your iPad to the wall securely.
Check out the MagBak Kickstarter project at: http://kck.st/18zYETG
Dimension: 61X 26 X 6mm
Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0
Working range: 10 meter
Power Source: Replaceable CR2025 battery
Battery life: Up to 2 years if switched off each time after use
It is no simple gadget:
Even thought it is only 61 X 26 x 6mm, it is assembled by 13 different types of components. Highly precise tooling and moulding are needed to manufacture these components. We have already finished some of critical tools and run trial productions to ensure end product will be flawless.
Readiness of Muku Shuttr:
We ran trial production twice in terms of hundreds of units. We had found a number of production and technical issues during the first production run back in February. These included a relatively high scrap rate, gaps in the casing, light leakage etc. However, these problems are all fixed in the second trial run in May. We tested the latest prototypes with Samsung Galaxy S4 and iOS 7 beta 2 devices and they work without a hitch. Some prototypes had been sent to pilot users and all of them are happy with muku shuttr.
Our teams are very experienced in manufacturing and we have designed and manufactured other electronic accessaries before this project. We have already aligned with >80% of all the factories and suppliers needed for the production of Muku Shuttr. And some basic tooling and moulding have already been designed and made for the production.
We will start the mass production process once we receive the fund from Kickstarter. The funding from backers will be mostly go to the purchase of electronic parts, injection moulding and various certifications including CE, FCC, etc. These certifications will be applied in parallel with the production schedule so it shouldn't delay the project delivery timeline. We will start assembling by hands a first batch of Muku Shuttr to contributors selecting that perk. Preparation of mass production process will start simultaneously.
Update August 1: Tooling ready! We aim to beat the delivery schedule!
I am happy to announce that the tooling preparations are complete. We have tested the mould for 20 units and the results are perfect. Our aim is to beat the original delivery schedule.
Questions that we were asked:
1. Do I need to pair up every time?
No, you only need to pair once. The next time you use, you just turn on Muku Shuttr, press the camera button once to connect to the bluetooth and you are ready to take photo.
2. Can I use Muku Shuttr with more than one smartphone?
Yes, you can always pair up Muku Shuttr with another smartphone when it's turned on and the LED is flashing. But if you want to use back it with the first smartphone, you have to unpair (in Android) or forget (in iPhone) the Shuttr record in the first smartphone and pair it up again.
3. How far can I take a photo remotely with Muku Shuttr?
It is using bluetooth 3.0. The range is around 10 meters / 30 feet. No line of sight is needed. You can take a photo by pressing camera button inside your pocket.
4. How long will the battery last?
Muku Shuttr is designed to work up to 2 years without battery replacement if you remember to turn it every time after use. If you DO not turn off Muku Shuttr every time after use and let it go into sleep mode, the battery will be drained out in around 1 month. So please TURN OFF Muku Shuttr every time after use.
In case the battery ran out, you can always replace another RC2025 battery, which is easily available in most stationary stores.
5. What does Muku mean?
Muku means “passion” in Croatian and “clean” and “simple” in Japanese. We are passionate about designing products that people desire, while our designs are very pure and simple, with clean lines.
6. $10000 doesn't seem to be a lot, is it enough to kickstart this project?
All members of the team are working without salary for the last 9 months. In addition, we put in a lot of our own money (and debt) to allow the project to turn the idea into product. Personally, I have quitted my job, sold my apartment and use the proceeds to fund this project up to this stage. But there is still a gap that we have to fill in before.
We are 100% committed to this project and confident that Muku Shuttr and can be manufactured and shipped. Most importantly, we agree that Kickstarter is not a store. And we only expect to raise enough money to move into the next step.
7. Why only 2 color combinations are available in the rewards?
Since the production volume is relatively small, we have to limit the number of SKU to make sure the process run smoothly. I hope you like the 2 colors we choose. If the response is good and minimum order of more colors can be met, we will open up more colors for your selection.
8. Does it work with 3rd party camera app?
So far it is tested to work with Camera+ and 645 Pro in iOS. But it doesn't work on Instagram yet. One easy way to test if your camera app on IOS works with Muku Shuttr is to test if it can take a photo with the volume up button on your devices. There is no easy way to perform a test on Android.
Risks and challenges
What we foresee as the largest challenge in actual mass production is the lead time of electronic components. In terms of a few hundred units, it is relatively easy to source and the lead time is short. For thousands of units, the lead time of delivery would take up to 8 weeks for specific components.
In the middle of the campaign, we would probably be able to predict how many units we need to make and we will request our suppliers to order the components in advance.
The next challenge is the process of loading firmware and testing each units. Without a significant level of funding, we can only do every process slowly by hands. But it also means that we don't have to produce a lot of units as the response is not that good so it shouldn't delay our delivery time. If we receive enough funding, we can also automate these processes which can save a lot of times in manufacturing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, so long if you flip it to video before recording. It will work. But sometimes Muku Shuttr might go to sleep mode if the video is long, then you have to press once to reconnect and the second time to stop.
Yes, it does. So long if you flip it to either the front or the rear before you take photo or video.
No, it doesn't work with either model. We might look into it once we have time. But please understand that the first priority right now is to delivery the units to our backers on time. We will look into it once we finished the mass production transition.
No one in the market has ever seen iPhone 5S or 6 and obviously no one has tested them with Muku Shuttr. However, based on our experience on working with IOS devices. Compatibility depends on IOS version instead of the devices. Muku Shuttr works with IOS 5 or above and tested with IOS 7 beta 2. It seems to us that Apple has no intention to remove that API as it's sometime that was announced in WWDC 2011.
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