About this project
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Two and a half years ago we launched our first Kickstarter: Astro Time-lapse + Motion Control. With the amazing support of the Kickstarter community we were able to turn our idea into a reality. Now we are very excited to be back with a new project.
Pico was born out of our desire to make time-lapse accessible and fun for everyone. DSLR and mirrorless cameras can take amazing pictures and give us a lot of control, but they aren’t very smart; and even though our smartphones are incredibly capable, the built-in camera’s functions are still pretty limited.
So we thought, wouldn’t it be great to have the best of both worlds? And that’s why we created Pico.
What is Pico?
Pico is like a new brain for your camera.
Use the free smartphone app to create a program and send it to Pico. After transferring your settings, you can unplug it from your smartphone and Pico will save the program in its memory. Then, connect Pico to your camera using the included adaptor cable, and Pico will take control to create the time-lapse sequence.
If you don’t have a smartphone with you, you can still use Pico as a simple intervalometer. To set the shooting interval, just press and hold Pico, and count the number of beeps to reach your desired interval. Each beep equals one second. Let go and Pico will start shooting at the programmed interval until you unplug it.
With the smartphone app, you have the ability to create professional time-lapses:
HDR (High Dynamic Range): Take multiple photographs at varying exposure levels.
Bulb Ramping: A technique used to compensate for natural changes in light. It is ideal for seamless day to night sequences.
Speed Ramping: You can adjust the speed of time within the time-lapse to add a cool slowing or accelerating effect.
Always with you
There is a saying that the best camera is the one that you have with you; we believe the same is true for time-lapse photography. You don’t always know when something amazing will happen and we want you to have Pico at hand when it does.
Pico is small enough to always be in your camera bag, and with a battery life of 8 years, you will never have to worry about charging it. Just keep Pico in your bag and you will always be ready to capture that epic moment.
Camera compatibility: Pico includes a cable that connects to your camera. There are 9 different cables to choose from that work with more than 300 different cameras. See the full list of supported cameras in our FAQs section bellow.
Smartphone compatibility: iOS 6 or higher & Android 2.3 or higher.
Who is Pico for?
We designed Pico to be incredibly simple and intuitive, yet powerful. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a professional, Pico is right for you.
We have developed four generations of prototypes, and have tested them over the past five months. We already received our first batch off the production line and we are confident about the changes we need to make prior to full production. Pico is currently being beta tested by amazing photographers from all around the world.
Who are we?
We are a team of 6 people: Carlos, Oscar, Mari, Hugo, Roxanne, and Guerson. It all started in 2012, when Oscar and Carlos joined to launch Astro. It was a great learning experience and we received an amazing response from people all over the world.
During our development, we further explored the world of time-lapse photography and became excited and passionate about all the possibilities it offers. By working closer with the photography community, we found a huge need for products that are simple, easy to use, versatile, and compact.
Risks and challenges
We know things can go wrong in many ways; we learned it the hard way with our first project. We now have more experience, connections, and a bigger team; we have carefully planned every aspect of this project to avoid setbacks and surprises.
Before committing to Kickstarter, we have made sure the design is fully functional by making 30 production prototypes. We partnered with a local manufacturing company with 15 years of experience to produce and assemble the units.
Naturally, there can be delays caused by external factors like a supplier missing a deadline, or a sudden component shortage. For this reason, we have invested time finding the right manufacturers and suppliers and made sure we are working with professional and experienced companies that are as committed to this project as we are. We have also added time to our projected delivery schedule to compensate for any unexpected delays.
Given our experience, larger team, and manufacturing partner, we are confident in our ability to deliver Pico on time and meeting all its functions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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