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Magnification of 1 to 150x is now available for your iPhone with the illumoscope FX and new microscope adapter.

Raleigh, NC Technology
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Our Mission:

Simply stated,our goal is to produce the finest, easiest to use, and most versatile macro photography and microscope platform available anywhere for the iPhone.

With your help, we’ll offer our amazingly simple to use extended range magnification adapter for the Illumoscope™ platform, bringing magnification levels of over 150x to your fingertips.

The Illumoscope Features in Action:

The illumoscope does everything from the first campaign and more!

The Illumoscope™ can even help you 3d print!

Live Planaria Viewed in Observation Chamber.  Panaria supplied by Connecticut Valley Biological Supply

The Lighter Side

Gaming Miniatures

 
 

What Makes Us Unique?

Convenience & Portability: Since it’s an iPhone case, the illumoscope™ is with you when you need it most… always. No accessories are required for1-75x magnification.

No additional light source needed:. Illumination comes straight from your camera’s flash unit and is softened with our unique illumoscope™ light conditioning system!  

Versatility: Get those amazing shots in low light, or no light situations… even in tight spaces!  

Amazing Accessories: Simply Fantastic! Explore your world like never before with our variety of optional attachments!

Why Back Us?

We’re just starting up and need your help to bring this amazing product to market. Your help from this campaign will help us with the high costs of setting up manufacturing for the microscope adapter and take our product to the masses.

Features and Specifications:

The 150x Microscope Adapter is designed for the FX model only. 

illumoscope Microscope with Accessory Pack
illumoscope Microscope with Accessory Pack

Kickstarter Accessory Starter Pack Includes:

  • 1 calibrated scope / knife edge inspection accessory
  • 1 fixed view scope
  • 1 observation chambers with cap

Comparison of illumoscope Models

The matrix below was taken with an iPhone 4s using normal camera, Standard illumoscope, Plus illumoscope and FX illumoscope. 

 How Magnification was calculated. 

Depth of focus vs. ease of use considerations:

Generally, as magnification is increased, the depth of focus decreases. In practical terms, this means that the user must hold more steady while using a camera at high magnification.   It also means that at high magnification, objects with lots of depth may be in focus at one distance from the camera and out of focus at another.  

We recommend the following guidelines when selecting your illumoscope:

Standard is perfect for everyday use, macrophotography, work, industry or home.  Easy to use and very good depth of focus.

Plus is great for everyday use, but extends into more advanced and higher magnification applications.  Great for more advanced macrophotograpghy, industrial inspection, nature lovers or budding scientists.  Nice balance between magnification and depth of focus.

FX is for more practiced hands or those in need of higher magnification or wishing to take advantage of the microscope adapter.

Stretch Goals:

At pledge levels of $30K or more, we will include an observation chamber with pick window with each reward.

Estimated Timeline:

We recognize the need for instant gratification (we include ourselves in this category). 

  • iPhone 4/4s illumoscopes can begin shipping upon completion of this campaign, your microscope adapter will follow once production is underway.
  • April 2014: During the campaign we will manufacture low volume pre-production microscope adapters available for those of you who want the entire package immediately.  Shipment will begin upon completion of this campaign and will be limited to the early adopter special only. 
  • May 2014 or even sooner if we hit our initial goal, we will approve manufacture of the injection molds.
  • June 2014:  iPhone 4/4s illumoscopes continue shipping.
  • July 2014: 1st injection molded microscope adapter parts arrive. Production and shipping begins.
  • August 2014 iPhone 5/5s cases arrive. iPhone 5/5s illumoscopes with microscope adapters begin shipping.

The Illumoscope Story:

Back in August we launched our first campaign on Kickstarter.  While we didn't reach our goal of getting the illumoscope out into the consumer market at that time, the project was very successful and we received a storm of excitement and positive feedback from the community.Today we are back introducing more powerful features and refocused on getting this great product out into your hands... the everyday user. We want to thank our previous backers again and offer them a special previous backers tier (this is the honors system Kickstarters).  We are confident that you will find the wait was well worth it.  

Our origin was an application that demanded a conditioned light source, magnification and detachable disposable tips. Many months were spent resolving all the different issues involved and condensing the device into an easily carried, compact package. After producing just a small sample run in this form

we resolved ourselves to find an even better way to make the Illumoscope more compact and easier to carry and use. The flip case was the solution, now we could offer the light conditioning, magnification and attachment points all in an area slightly larger than a nickel. So if you have room in your pocket or bag for your phone and five cents, you have all the space you need to carry and use the most versatile macrophotography and magnification platform available.

Risks and challenges

Over the past few months we have gained tons of experience working on the manufacturing of the illumoscope™ platform.

We’re very pleased to say that the iPhone 4/4s illumoscope™ platform is now complete and available to order in three models,
- Standard model provides magnification up to 25x,
- Plus provides magnification up to 50x and the
- FX model provides magnification levels up to 75x.
Visit our website for details.

This campaign is about bringing cool new features and even higher magnification levels to the FX model illumoscope platform.

We are currently producing pre-production samples of the microscope adapter using labor intensive methods, but we’re very confident of being able to fulfill the rewards in low volumes of up to 250 orders. After that, we’ll rely on our campaign goal being put to use by providing full production injection molded components. This will greatly simplify our overall manufacturing process and enable high volume production.

While the iPhone 4/4s platform is currently ready now, the iPhone 5/5s platform is behind in the manufacturing process, so it is currently not available anywhere unless we reach our goal through this campaign.

Any way it goes, we’re confident that backers will receive Illumoscope platforms to delight and amaze.

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  • You selected
    $1 reward

    4 backers

    SUPPORTER: Our sincere gratitude and thanks.

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  • You selected
    $30 reward

    6 backers Limited (69 left of 75)

    EARLY ADOPTER SPECIAL: iPhone 4/4s illumoscope FX model with 3d printed hand made microscope adapter, plus the Kickstarter accessory kit. Begins shipping in May.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $30 reward

    47 backers Limited (153 left of 200)

    PREVIOUS BACKERS: Previous illumoscope backers only, we will go on the honor system. illumoscope FX model with microscope adapter, Kickstarter accessory kit plus a bonus of 3 extra observation chambers with caps. For those of you who choose a 4/4s package and want instant gratification,we can ship the illumoscope and accessory kit, without the microscope adapter, and then ship your adapter in August once production is under way.

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  • You selected
    $35 reward

    1 backer

    iLLUMOSCOPE STARTER KIT 4/4s: iPhone 4/4s illumoscope FX model with microscope adapter and Kickstarter accessory kit.
    For those of you who choose a 4/4s package and want instant gratification,we can ship the illumoscope and accessory kit, without the microscope adapter and ship your adapter, in August, once production is under way.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $40 reward

    7 backers

    iLLUMOSCOPE STARTER KIT 5/5s: iPhone 5/5s illumoscope FX model with microscope adapter and Kickstarter accessory kit.

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    $60 reward

    5 backers

    MIX AND MATCH iLLUMOSCOPE STARTER KIT 4/4s or 5/5s:

    One illumoscope FX model with microscope adapter AND one Standard model illumoscope.
    Two Kickstarter accessory kits.

    For those of you who choose a 4/4s package and want instant gratification,we can ship the illumoscope and accessory kit, without the microscope adapter and ship your adapter in August, once production is under way.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $85 reward

    8 backers

    FULL MONTE iPHONE 4/4s or 5/5s ASSORTMENT: One of each illumoscope model (Standard, Plus and FX for a total of three illumoscopes), one Microscope adapter and Three Kickstarter accessory kits. For those of you who choose a 4/4s package and want instant gratification,we can ship the illumoscopes and accessory kits, without the microscope adapter and ship your adapter, in August once production is under way.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

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