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Stills. Timelapse. Video. Complete control of your DSLR or Mirrorless camera from your smartphone. Wirelessly.
Stills. Timelapse. Video. Complete control of your DSLR or Mirrorless camera from your smartphone. Wirelessly.
Stills. Timelapse. Video. Complete control of your DSLR or Mirrorless camera from your smartphone. Wirelessly.
12,626 backers pledged $1,110,820 to help bring this project to life.

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Pulse is the most powerful way to control your camera from your smartphone. Pulse plugs into your DSLR or Mirrorless camera's USB port, so whether you're shooting photos, time lapse, or video, you get complete creative freedom - remotely from your smartphone - with your current camera. 

ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed Control
ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed Control

Pulse's strength comes from its 100' bluetooth low energy radio, advanced USB control software, and a beautifully designed interface. We wanted a product that could handle your biggest project ideas - from day-long time lapses to your next backpacking trip. Because of its size you can take Pulse anywhere, and thanks to what it can do you'll never want to leave it behind. 

Get image thumbnails wirelessly on your phone.
Get image thumbnails wirelessly on your phone.

With image preview you can view thumbnails on your phone right after you take a photo, at a range of up to 100 feet. Whether your camera is sticking out a 5th floor window or you're warming up while it braves the cold, Pulse has you covered so you can still get the perfect shot.

Pulse plugs into your camera's USB port and is compatible with just about any Canon or Nikon DSLR (and now the Panasonic GH4), and the Pulse app is free for both iPhone and Android devices. Want to confirm that your camera is compatible? Check the FAQ at the bottom of this page.

Want Pulse to work with your Sony camera?! So do we! See the FAQ for the full explanation.

Get group photos, without having to race back into the shot.
Get group photos, without having to race back into the shot.

Whether you're part of the shot, or not, there are a lot of times where it is just nice not to have to stand behind your camera. With Pulse, you can set up your camera and trigger it from anywhere in the room. Pulse's Bluetooth connection allows you to roam as you need to and gives you a range of up to 100 feet from your camera.

Glacier Point, Yosemite
Glacier Point, Yosemite

Shooting in low light requires you to keep your camera absolutely still. Pulse makes it easier than ever to get the shot you want, and allows you to leave your shutter open for up to several hours, or as little as a few seconds. In long exposure mode you can either lock the shutter down manually and then release it, or set the exposure to a timer and just let it count down until it is finished. Pulse also supports HDR capabilities for differing lighting conditions!

Get epic star trails with Pulse's Long Exposure feature!
Get epic star trails with Pulse's Long Exposure feature!

And don't worry! The light on Pulse blinks before it takes a photo so that it won't mess up the lighting of your shot, and you can always turn it off or dim it if needed. 

We've spent the last 4 years making the smartest time lapse products on the market. Pulse builds on all of our previous work, and makes time lapse easier than ever for first timers whilst expanding the features and level of control for experienced shooters. 

One of the biggest issues with traditional triggers is the inability to know when things have gone wrong. With Pulse's USB control your camera will get every single frame, and the app will let you know about problems (like low battery or buffering time) before they ruin your shoot.

Most remote triggers only let you do one thing - take photos. Because Pulse plugs into your camera's USB port and not the trigger port, it has the ability to let you control video as well. 

Pulse allows you to control up to three Pulse-equipped cameras at once - all from the same smartphone. This is especially useful for independent film makers or really anyone who has more cameras than they have camera hands. With Pulse, you can be everywhere at once and make sure you get all the right angles for your shot, even if you are just a crew of one. 

To add more than one Pulse to your order (up to 3), just add $74 to your pledge for each additional Pulse and your shipping cost will stay the same!

Pulse's Exposure Ramping features allows you to ramp your ISO and shutter speed so that you can capture day-to-night transitions (the "Holy Grail" of time lapses) without having to touch your camera. We've designed this feature specifically to work with LRTimelapse. 

Unlike shooting in Aperture or Shutter Priority, Exposure Ramping keeps your camera in manual so that your photo's EXIF-Data is written properly for LRTimelapse workflows.

When we first got started we were inspired to make better tools for motion time lapse. From that inspiration we built Radian, Michron, and Radian 2 - and brought them all to life through Kickstarter. This last year we got excited about remote camera control and the kinds of shots that remote control allows you to get.

Now we are back on Kickstarter to make Pulse. One of the big pieces of feedback that we got from our users and backers was that smartphone-enabled wireless camera control would not only make for better time lapses, but would open up a higher level of general photography to more people. We also wanted to make something that fit beautifully with your camera and felt like a natural extension of your camera's aesthetic and function. 

Thanks to our work with Radian 2 we had a huge head start on the electronics. And while there was some PCB trickery (or fun as Steve calls it) to get it all to fit into our enclosure, we are really happy with where it's all at. 

Initial drawing brainstorm on the Pulse mechanical design
Initial drawing brainstorm on the Pulse mechanical design
A few of the early Pulse protos.
A few of the early Pulse protos.
Why yes, there are 2 double sided PCBs in there - good eye!
Why yes, there are 2 double sided PCBs in there - good eye!

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Full resolution photos and videos can be found in the Dropbox Link above and on Vimeo below. 

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We are a team of friends with a love for taking photos (especially time lapses!) and building things.  It all started in 2012 when Kris had the need for a motion time lapse device and was disappointed with what was available. Kris teamed up with his friends and roommates Kevin, Marcus and Steve to create the first Radian Kickstarter campaign. After delivering on Kickstarter and running out of Radian stock, the team put Radian sales on pause as some of the team moved to other jobs to keep up with bills as others finished up school.

In 2013, Steve teamed up with Greg to test the idea of a new stationary time lapse device and launched Michron on Kickstarter. They successfully delivered 4500 Michrons two weeks ahead of schedule in early 2014. With renewed momentum, we started a new manufacturing run of Radians, brought Greg and Michron onto the team, and started tinkering with some new product ideas. This last spring we launched Radian 2, the most advanced motion time lapse device on the market. Now we are back on Kickstarter to build Pulse and we cannot wait to see what you do with it.

This project is promoted by J​ellop,​ a direct­ response online advertising agency specializing in Kickstarter campaigns on Facebook Ads and Google AdWords. 

Risks and challenges

As with any physical product, there are a huge number of tasks and hurdles that need to be completed. However, we have a focused team that has run 3 successful Kickstarter campaigns already.

We take pride in being open with our backers and have a proven history of actually being transparent. We understand that regular communication is key, whether things are going great, or not so well. We also love this work, and we'll do our best to make this process educational and entertaining for you as well. So in addition to keeping you up to date on general progress, we will also strive to give you an in-depth look at the process of refining and delivering a real product. And if you are curious, we encourage you to check out updates from our previous campaigns!

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