About this project
Have you ever seen great time lapse photography ?
These videos where you can see a long event in a few seconds like a blooming flower, a stadium filled with people in a matter of seconds, a construction project built from the ground to the sky or the sun rising, the clouds passing overhead and the sun setting over a panoramic vista.
Enlaps is an unique, complete, plug-and-play time lapse solution, from initial photography to sharing over the web. Infinite battery energy, no memory card limit, for a professional quality result.
For professionals photographers, photography lovers, or for fun.
Today, the three main concerns when shooting long periodic events are battery, storage and processing. Our product, Enlaps Tikee effectively removes all three constraints.
- Energy is provided by an integrated adjustable photovoltaïc solar cell, leading to long term timelapse capability.
- Once captured, photos are wirelessly transmitted to the cloud, so you never run out of storage space.
- Time lapses are automatically processed and can be directly edited or shared.
Enlaps offers a user friendly web application, reachable with any browser, on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Easy setup and automatic timelapse creation for anybody, as well as powerful features for advanced users.
Field of view sample :
Enlaps is designed to achieve infinite timelapse with long term time lapse setting.
Simply install it, adjust the solar panel to absord maximum sunlight, and Enlaps Tikee will take care of itself. By deploying a smart algorithm, Enlaps Tikee will decide what to do to keep shooting as long as possible. Basically it will prioritize shooting against wireless communication in case of critical battery level.
Without sun power, but with a full battery charge, the device can provide 10 min interval of continuous shooting during one full week.
After a real work of brainstorming, hundred of sketchs and a dozen of 3D prototypes, Tikee was born. We designed our smart timelapse camera with a sleek aesthetic to keep it simple and user friendly, as our complete solution.
In November 2015 , Enlaps was awarded with it timelapse solution at the CES Innovation Awards.
In December 2015, Tikee was awarded at Spark Design Awards from San Francisco in the product category.
Enlaps is today a fully functional solution. All functions, related to images, solar management, wireless communication, images stitching, automatic time lapses creation, filtering, pan&zoom, preview, are already in place, tested and validated. Prototype is working, and a first version of the web application is available too. We need your support to bring ENLAPS Tikee to volume production, and ENLAPS Web app to be able to handle mass data traffic.
Risks and challenges
As any innovative products, there are several of tasks to be completed in order to bring a mature solution to the market.
We didn’t wait for Kickstarter to work on the manufacturing scheme. We have today strong partners for components delivery and manufacturing.
The technical features explained above are already fully functionnal. Your support will be used to bring this program to production standards, not to experiment on a unproven concept on which we do not yet know how to proceed !
One point remains :
Enlaps Tikee is a complete solution, with dozen of components types and multiple suppliers. We are doing our best to secure everything in advance. But by experience, we know that a delay in a small component can lead to delay for the entire product. Our thorough efforts are on this topic.
Transparency and regular communication are the key. We will proudly keep our backers informed throughout the entire process from Kickstarter launch through shipping date.
I don't know anything about photography and even less about time lapses, will I be able to use the device ?
Definitely yes, the workflow has been defined to provide an easy and intuitive experience. It is not difficult to do the setting required, and even some presets settings, based on the event/scene you want to capture are simply automatic. However, advanced users can still fine tune as per their needs the settings and personalized them. Everything is optimized to offer a great experience for beginners and for professionals.
Both versions have the same hardware core. TikeePRO has an extra 3G features, and is equipped with GPS. The differences are in the software part. The pro version allows RAW format storage on the SD-card, and therefore is the best choice if you plan to use your own worklflow or third-party editing software. The PRO version is obviously more flexible if you want to do time lapses with no constrains especially in remote locations using 3G capabilities.
I already have a DSLR, a GoPro and a smartphone, I can already do some time lapses, why should I need an extra device ?
DSLR is optimized for still picture and video, GoPro for action video, and smartphone for everyday pictures. Enlaps is optimized for time lapse, energy management, storage space management, everything is designed especially for timelapse. Leading to long term time lapse capabilities, and easy post processing for large quantity of images.
On the site where I want to install Tikee there are no wifi and no telecom network, how long the SD card can last ?
Tikee and TikeePRO have a SD slot for a memory card (up to 128 Go). If your Tikee is connected the SD card is used only as a buffer. With no connection, you can take about 1 picture every 5 minutes during 9 months with a 128 Go SD card.
You can take 1 picture every 10 minutes during 1 week on a full battery charge without any sunlight.
Of course Tikee can be recharged with any smartphone charger (Micro USB plug). The charger will transform 100v or 240V to recharge Tikee without problem.
Tikee can be secured in two ways. Tikee can detect any location change (This feature is based on Wifi or GPS, depending in your Tikee version). If any anormal movement is detected you wiil get a notification through mobile app or web app. In addition, there is a slot in the body to add a cable and padlock for more security.
Tikee has two image sensors with a 4608x3456 (almost 16 Mpx) native resolution (per sensor). Full size images can be stored on the SD card. On the web application, the image resolution is about 3300*1300 for a panorama made from the 2 stitched images (In order to preserve your bandwidth). This resolution allows to generate Full HD timelapses with pan&zoom !
On the bottom of Tikee there is a 1/4 standard camera thread. So you can use for a long term time lapse a tripod or a wall mount system to have a rigid installation and avoid to have movements on your timelapse. For a few hours timelapse you can leave the Tikee on its rubber pad.
Good news ! Web app is free for all main functions we presented and will stay free in the future. The free level includes 30 Gb of data storage.
Regarding the premium offer the scope will depend on customers needs (additional data storage, civil work monitoring using several Tikee).
All the hardware itself has 4K capabilities however it is not compatible with the web editing and sharing functions (bandwidth limitation).
Advanced user can use raw data from the Tikee (Pro version only) to generate 4K video with the pictures stored on the SD card and 3rd party software.
I want to use Tikee in a remote area, what happens if no wireless communication is available to upload pictures ?
If no wireless communication is available, pictures will be saved on the micro SD card. Then the workflow will stay the same, the only difference is that at the end of the shooting, pictures will be uploaded as soon as you bring back Tikee in a wifi-covered area.
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