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Last updated September 12, 2013

Illumoscope™ - iPhone Macrophotography & Light Conditioning

The Illumoscope™ brings adjustable and proper illumination control and focus, thus enabling stunning macrophotograpy

Illumoscope™ - iPhone Macrophotography & Light Conditioning

The Illumoscope™ brings adjustable and proper illumination control and focus, thus enabling stunning macrophotograpy

$20,996
pledged of $60,000pledged of $60,000 goal
468
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 12 2013 6:55 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 12, 2013

About

What is the Illumoscope™?

The Illumoscope™ and it's accessories are all about bringing new and unique lighting and magnification capabilities to your iPhone allowing you to take pictures and videos like never before.  Simply snap on the Illumoscope's™ built in microphotography case and you've instantly converted your iPhone into an illuminated macrophotography camera.   No other macro system for the iPhone does what the Illumoscope™ does.

But we even go further by adding optional attachments to convert your iPhone into a digital microscope, view scope or use it as a short range borescope.  

The Illumoscope's™ patent pending light conditioning system and optics have been carefully designed to compliment your iPhone flash to produce a warm, soft, even and adjustable light source so you have the option to illuminate and observe close up objects without washout or over saturation of your image.   See the flip case in action here.

You've never been able to take images like this before with your iPhone!

Use base unit as for fantastic illuminated macrophotography Observation chambers for specimens or small objects.

Measured view scope or borescope attachments to use as a digital microscope, short range borescope, or high quality digital light

Home, hobby and photography applications:
  • Never say "I wish I had my macro lens with me" again! 
  • Catalog and share stamp, coin or figurine collections with precision illumination and macrophotography

Education and science applications:

  • Discover the hidden world right in front of you.
Professionals and Industry:
  • Field service technicians:  Identify the smallest components, document failure analysis and communicate live on-line.
Detect common parasites:
  • Travelers look for bedbugs          Parents look for head lice.
  • Check for fleas, ticks, or other pests.

Click on the link below to see the Illumoscope's™ unique illumination capability and powerful optics zoom in on a tiny parasite on the nose of a hermit crab!  AMAZING!  Images below taken with standard lens using no attachements.

The Illumoscope Story:

Inspiration can come to anyone at almost any time.  Rhea Gage first conceived of the Illumoscope™ almost four years ago while explaining her daily challenges and frustrations as an audiologist to her brother Lee during a long car ride.  Her simple idea was that people should somehow have the ability to look into their own ear, and not have to rely on someone else for such a basic and somewhat embarrassing task.  She thought, ”what if there was a simple attachment to an every day device such as a webcam or mobile phone that would allow them to do just that?”.  During the car ride Rhea and Lee sketched out the device on some scrap paper and a working prototype was developed just a few days later.  It was instantly clear that the device she came up was very cool and much more versatile than she originally envisioned.  But then with the realization came the hard part, that we bet a lot of others in the Kickstarter community are struggling with.  How does an ordinary person with limited resources make a new product available to everyone?  The answer...lots of hard work, plenty of learning and You. In their spare time Rhea and Lee worked tirelessly learning about vacuum molding, laser cutting, 3D printing, injection molding, iOS software development and so much more!  Cape Rock LLC was formed to create the necessary business structure to launch this exciting product and it's accessories to the broad market.

So where are we now?

As of this Kickstarter campaign, suppliers for all of the components of the Illumoscope™ have been located and production capacity has been secured.  The designs for the custom injection molded components have been completed and have been rapid prototyped to ensure form, fit and function.  The Illumoscope™ works great!  We have also developed relationships with several manufacturers for the injection molded components and have minimized the risk to the project by working very closely with them to fine tune the designs.  Wow was that a learning curve!  With that behind us, the designs have now been thoroughly reviewed by the manufacturers and are approved to begin manufacture of the molds. Our initial manufacturing and assembly process will be carried out here in US facilities, and as we grow we plan to grow our capacity as needed.  As a team we have over 50 years of experience and will be overseeing the transition from initial production into volume manufacturing and are committed to bringing this product into the hands of the Kickstarter community and beyond.

Production Timeline:

Production of the Illumoscope™ begins when the various components are on hand at our local assembly site.   This includes all components and supplies as well as our custom injection molded components.  

During the 30 day long campaign we will assess the community response to the campaign at the two and four week points and contact our suppliers to keep them aware of the approximate order size and required delivery dates.   With the advanced notification, our suppliers are able to offer 1-2 week deliveries to our assembly site as soon as funding for our project is approved and the orders are placed.   

The custom injection molded parts require the longest lead time for the assembly of the Illumoscope™.  We have carefully sought out and developed relationships with several injection mold companies that are known for their rapid tool making, high quality and delivery of first custom injection molded components in just two to three weeks.  The injection mold making process begins as soon as our campaign reaches the target goal and funding has been approved.  Two to three weeks later, our first components will be received in-house, inspected for quality, fit and function and our approval for the full production quantities to be made.  Shipments of production quantities are scheduled to begin one to two weeks later.  We anticipate shipping our first full production Illumoscopes™ just 4-6 weeks after funding is approved.

We love it! What's next, and how the Kickstarter community help.

We're committed to make this product a reality, but we really need the Kickstarter communities help!  Injection molds, supplies and business startup costs are very expensive and we need your support to make this product a reality. We're making every effort to make this product affordable for everyone and we need to hit our volume targets to keep costs down.  Please help us by backing our project, and once you have an Illumoscope in your hands, let us know what you think. We'd love to hear your feedback, see your pictures and videos and listen to your ideas. We want you to be involved as the product develops too!

Accolades from the community that has seen and worked with the prototypes.  We've shown this to photographers, artists, parents, students, children, manufacturing executives, engineers, quality control inspectors, hobbyists, gardeners and more.   Here's a sampling of what they had to say:

"100% WOW factor"

"Amazing!" 

"I don't even own and iPhone, but I still want an Illumoscope!"

"I'll switch to an iPhone just to have access to this product"

"I need three as soon as you have them available"  

"When, When, When?" 

 "So many uses!"

"I'd use it every day, multiple times a day"

FAQ

What Phone will this fit?

The initial release of the Illumoscope™ will fit the iPhone4 or iPhone5 model.   Please specify which model (iPhone 4 or iPhone 5) and color you desire for your reward.

We have already undertaken the effort of porting this capability to the Android environment. We have made great progress so far, as this is a substantial development effort. Android based hardware/software engineering is currently expected to be complete coincident with our KickStarter Order Fulfillment timing for the iPhone. Android products would then be available at a future date through our website. Depending upon the feedback and response we receive from the Backer community, we may pull this in as a Stretch Goal.

What colors will be available?  

The Illumoscope case will be available in white or black and for the iPhone4 or iPhone5 model.  Other colors may be offered depending on community feedback.   Send us your suggestions!

Does it need special software?

No.  The illumoscope will work just fine with many commonly available camera apps.  Please check our website for an up to date list of recommended apps that we've found work well with our product.   That said, we will provide the customized Illumoscope software to all backers which will contain additional features to enhance the Illumoscope experience beyond the generic photography apps already available. 

Where is this made?

We are working diligently with our supplier base to have all products manufactured and assembled in the USA.   

When can I get my hands on one?

After we achieve our Kickstarter funding goal, we will release orders to manufacturing and start shipping 4-6 weeks after the campaign ends.  Will keep our backers informed as to projected ship dates. 

What else is in the loop?

Plenty!!!  Please check our website often for exciting new products and attachments.  Given enough community response, we may even pull some of the new products in as stretch goal offerings.

How about feedback?

Absolutely!  We love feedback and welcome your thoughts.   We challenge you to find new and creative ways to use the Illumoscope and plan to post as many of your community images and videos as possible. 

Does it come with the phone?

Really?  No.

Risks and challenges

We've put significant effort into designing and optimizing the Illumoscope. The design has been prototyped and proven in various methods and the factories have approved the designs for order and are ready for injection mold making and our first production runs. Cape Rock has over fifty years of combined experience in product development, manufacturing and quality control. We're very excited and committed to making this project a success and we'll do everything in our power to get the job done.

Our customized software to further enhance the capabilities of the Illumoscope™ is in need of a few additional resources to complete the software project. Part of the funds raised through this kickstarter campaign will go towards completion of the software development. The bulk of the remainder of raised funding will go towards purchasing injection mold sets for the iPhone 4/4s and iPhone5, ordering the first production runs, and bringing up the assembly process.

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    Campaign Support Package: Help support getting the Illumoscope into US manufacturing, with your choice of t-shirts. Choose from the Illumoscope logo and the following: 1. logo only, 2. 'I Support Ingenuity', 3. 'Creativity is Food for the Soul'

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    Early Bird Starter Package: Illumoscope, 2 observation chambers, 2 borescope tips, 1 measured view scope, illumoscope software app.
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    Base Package: Illumoscope, 1 observation chamber, 2 borescope tips, 1 measured view scope, illumoscope software app. Includes a fun activity booklet for the young and young at heart explorers looking to learn about the fascinating world hidden in plain site.
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    Share the fun package: 1 black and 1 white Illumoscope, 8 observation chambers, 10 borescope tips, 2 measured view scopes, Illumoscope software app. Includes two fun activity booklets for the young and young at heart explorers looking to learn about the fascinating world hidden in plain site.

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    Early Adopter Pro-sumer/Industrial package: Illumoscope with pro-grade glass optics, 10 observation chambers, 10 borescope tips, 2 measured view scopes, illumoscope software app.

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