About this project
Experience birds like never before.
Meet Bird Photo Booth, the world's first bird feeder designed for your iPhone, iPod Touch, and GoPro set into its handcrafted hardwood feeder. Step away and watch a live feed of your backyard birds stream from your iPhone to your iPad, or any other mobile device or computer over the web via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, then snap away! Feathers, expressions, emotions- Bird Photo Booth lets you remotely watch, photograph, video, and even TALK to backyard birds in real time and instantly share to the top social networks worldwide.
Set it up in your backyard in seconds and watch wild backyard birds
strike a pose for you in Bird Photo Booth. Stunning close up photos
are merely a tap away. You, the photographer decide the perfect moment
to take stunningly detailed macro photos and video, that rivals
expensive DSLR telephoto zoom lenses.
Fun for everyone.
Bird Photo Booth brings a new view of nature into your hands. Working with your iPhone and iPod Touch, it allows you to 'FaceTime' with birds. Discover the hidden world of birds through their facial expressions, personalities, sounds and playful interactions.
This new interactive window into everyday nature inspires both kids and adults to become, photographers and thinkers,while remotely capturing high-resolution video footage, sounds, and photos of birds at unprecedented close proximity. It transforms your iPhone/iTouch or GoPro into the ultimate secret recorder of your backyard world up close. Before you know it you will be naming the birds in your backyard and sharing with your friends.
Easy to setup, Easy to use.
- Set up Bird Photo Booth on the ground, on a tripod, or onto a tree in seconds in your backyard, garden, or anywhere you can find birds.
- Launch one of the suggested iOS apps. (See the LIST HERE) and open up the hardwood feeder and insert your iOS device (iPhone 3/4/5), iPod Touch,or GoPro in Bird Photo Booth. (great use for your old iPhone)
- For GoPro with Wi-Fi BacPac, download the free remote app Here.
- Now you can step back and remotely watch, photograph, video live stream feed of birds in macro detail via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from a remote location.
Bird Photo Booth's innovative design secures your iPhone or GoPro at a true birds eye view perspective, placed just inches away from curious birds.
This ultra close and precise proximity of the feeder combined with Bird Photo Booth’s high quality macro lens enables your iPhone to use its built in face detection technology to reveal detail of birds facial expressions not visible to the human eye! Unlike DSLR cameras, there are no complicated settings to worry about, with Bird Photo Booth one touch instant photo capture lets you focus on capturing the moment.
Even though image capture is simple, the design of Bird Photo Booth insures that the subject will be in focus, that exquisite detail will be captured, and that the background will be beautifully blurred. In this case, simplicity of operation does not mean compromise in image quality. The photos obtained rival DSLR at a fraction of the cost and allow iPhone 4s prints to be enlarged to 52 x 52 inches without pixelation. The difference of a smart phone image stabilized in Bird Photo Booth fitted with Bird Photo Booth's macro lens, while using a remote app. to fire the shutter has absolutely shocking improvements in image quality and DOF shots!
Getting the Perfect Shot
Bird Photo Booth is the only bird feeder designed to let you decide and control where birds will land! It's adjustability ensures you photograph beautiful natural macro bird portraits without ugly bird feeders in frame.
Attracting a variety of birds is easy!
Inspired Timeless Design / Adaptable to future technology
Inspired by the beauty of the original Polaroid Land camera from the 1950’s, Bird Photo Booth's nostalgic and tactile design is thoughtfully crafted to allow for next generation smart phones to be easily integrated via interchangable high quality protective foam inserts. Currently available for (iPhone 3,4,5) iPod Touch and GoPro / GoPro Hero2 with Wi-Fi BacPac. (Universal Android insert coming soon!)
Never before has this degree of fit and finish been applied to a bird feeder. We could have taken the easy way out cut costs and designed another cheap plastic throwaway object, but we wanted a beautifully crafted quality product that evokes a higher emotional value and has a minimal impact on the environment.
That’s why we selected only the highest quality sustainable FSC white oak hardwood, protective soft foam interior, and CNC metal hardware, which compliments the impeccable quality of your iOS device with an old world feel. Bird Photo Booth is designed to embrace technology, but is not dependent upon it. If all technologies vanished tomorrow Bird Photo Booth would remain an elegant bird feeder built to last.
Use Bird Photo Booth as a versatile photo booth to photograph any subject candidly.
Its weather proof and image stabilized design makes it the perfect mobile companion for any creative photography adventure. Blue tooth functionality allows you to photograph wild birds, or any shy animals in remote locations without the need for an Internet connection!
Unlike other cheap magnetic iPhone lenses available. Bird Photo Booth's aluminum threaded optic system dramatically enhances your iPhone, iPod Touch, and GoPro photos with high quality interchangeable lenses ( macro and polarizing lenses included) and also accomodates additional lenses in the future ( such as wide angle, fish eye not included.)
Instant on the Fly editing
Once you have captured the perfect bird portrait the fun doesn't stop there! All your bird photos are saved instantly to your iPhone's camera roll!
- No complicated software or importing to your computer is necessary.
- You are just a tap away from simple photo editing and instant seamless sharing with your favorite photo editing apps such as instagram, camera + and photoforge just to name a few.
Creating beautiful works of art has never been so fast, fun, and easy. What will you do with your bird photos??
Progress to Date. With your help we are ready to go!
We have been developing Bird Photo Booth for several years, spending countless hours researching and studying bird's and building numerous prototype feeders in response to their behaviors. This extensive bird focus testing revealed key insights that enabled us to design a device simple and intuitive in operation yet allows for photographic creativity and adjustablilty to insure birds of all sizes to be positioned in frame. We have currently partnered and been working with a manufacturer, and with your approval we are ready to move into production.
Why do I need your pledge? Put your eggs in this basket!
We need your help in bringing Bird Photo Booth into production.
Your support will enable us to manufacture Bird Photo Booth with the same quality as you have seen in the video and pictures above..
- Our pledged goal of $ 35,000 will enable us to upfront the expensive tooling costs, and meet the minimum order quantity needed to start the production of Bird Photo Booth's all wood and metal quality construction.
$ 50 Reward #2
PROUD AS A PEACOCK! You get a collection of five beautiful 8" x 8" digital c-prints of the highest quality. Life-like candid bird prints sell for $40 dollars each. But for kickstarter backers only, you get the collection of all five for only $50! I refuse to use cheap quality paper! You won't be disappointed! Prints will ship immediately after Kickstarter project is complete. Perfect gift in time for the holidays! FREE SHIPPING IN USA INCLUDED!! (You get $10 dollar credit towards international shipping costs)
$149 Reward #3
THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM! For $149 you get Bird Photo Booth feeder complete with macro optic lens,additional polarizing filter, stainless steel perch and both iPhone/ iPod touch and GoPro protective foam inserts. FREE SHIPPING IN USA INCLUDED !! (You get $10 dollar credit towards international shipping costs.) (To pledge please scroll to the top of this page and click the green button on the right.)
$249 Reward #4
BIRD OF PARADISE! Get everything in rewards #2 and #3. Plus you get a special feather print collection, comprising of five 8" x 8" inch digital-c prints showcasing natures most beautiful feather patterns in macro detail! FREE SHIPPING IN USA INCLUDED!! (You get $10 dollar credit towards international shipping costs.) (To pledge please scroll to top of this page and click the green button on the right.)
When will rewards ship?
All prints will ship immediately after our Kickstarter project is completed, we will do our best to get them to you for the Holidays. We plan to have Bird Photo Booth shipping to backers by March, 2013. We'll keep you updated on the progress as we reach our production milestones.
We hope that you choose to become a backer of the Bird Photo Booth project at any funding level that works for you! Every dollar means a lot to us!
Please tell everyone you know! Even if you choose not to back us, at least help us by liking Bird Photo Booth on Facebook, follow on Twitter, or simply share this page with your friends. Everyone has at least one friend that is a bird lover or photographer. Your social media efforts will not go unnoticed! Thank you!
International Backers we need you!
Rewards include free delivery to the contiguous 48 states. Hawaiian, Alaskan and international backers are required to pay the cost of shipping and will also be responsible for taxes, duties, and customs fees for their orders (Minus a $10 dollar credit).
Bird Photo Booth was recently featured in the 2012 LA Mobile Arts Festival. The worlds largest mobile arts festival, which showcased over 200 artists from over 30 countries worldwide. This amazing event was created by Nathaniel Park and Daria Polichetti genius founders of iphoneart.com
Special thanks to: Kickstarter, Yvonne Bryson, Megan Lynn, Lis Bartlett, Michael Mount, Ryan Lovett, Daria Polichetti, Nathaniel Park, Robert Lachman, Linda Berger, Michael Lovett, Donny Hudson, Master Peace,Doug McNamee, Bob Weil, Brian Deagon, Dianne Bates, Dawn Stevens, Beverly Lages, Christine Cabori.
Very special thanks to and consider hiring: Patrick Calderon and Johanna Calderon for providing outstanding PR and Social Media marketing outreach.
Got questions please ask away, or visit FAQ page at www.birdphotobooth.com
Patents pending for Bird Photo Booth device. Lovett Lab LLC. reserves the right to the Bird Photo Booth™ name and logo.
Note: iPod Touch, iPhone, and GoPro are unfortunately not included. Apple and apple logo are registered trademarks of apple inc.
Risks and challenges
We have overcome the greatest challenge of completing our design with a fully functional prototype and partnering with a quality manufacturer capable of scaling up production. All bird images, videos, and pictures of in the project submitted to Kickstarter were actually captured using a fully functional Bird Photo Booth prototype as it exists today.
There is always a risk that the quality of the product mass-produced by the same manufacturer will not be up to the high standards of the prototype. To have a back up plan in case of this possibility, we have already contracted other manufacturers to make protoypes and submit bids for mass produced units of the same quality. Identification of back up manufacturers also gives us alternatives in case of unforeseeable changes in pricing, part supply, etc.
We have extensively tested our final design using the actual production materials, therefore we are completely confident that iPhones, iPod Touches, and GoPro cameras will function in Bird Photo Booth equipped with the provided macro lens to capture images and videos just as shown on the Kickstarter project pages. Bird Photo Booth works as described.
Rest assured we will do our best to answer your questions and more importantly deliver Bird Photo Booth as promised.
Note: To expand Bird Photo Booth's market we are currently designing an additional universal foam insert for Android and other smart phones to be easily integrated into our current Bird Photo Booth design.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes. Bird Photo Booth is designed to withstand adverse weather conditions. In fact we have had several Bird Photo Booth's setup outdoors for over a year and a half. One is located in New York where is has held up very well through the rain and snow. The other is located in Los Angeles, where is has resisted sun damage exceptionally well. (Even on 100 degree plus days) That being said, Bird Photo Booth is water resistant and not water tight. Meaning it can not be submerged under water. During a severe rain storm your devices will be safe inside, but we advise it is best to use common sense and remove your device from Bird Photo Booth.
Yes! The foam insert will support all GoPro cameras, including the new Hero 3 editions.
1.) Unlike other bird cams that you have to setup to point arbitrarily at unattractive bird feeders, in hopes of capturing that cute garden bird, Bird Photo Booth's innovative design combines a camera housing and a bird feeder in one device. This combination invites birds for photo sessions just inches away from the camera, and gives you a unique dramatic face on perspective that you cant achieve with any other device.
2.) Current motion-activated bird cams integrate disappointingly cheap low-res cameras that you cant see or control remotely in real time. (There is no interaction between you and the birds) With Bird Photo Booth you become the photographer remotely watching, photographing, and enjoying birds posing in real time on your mobile devices! It become a real life interactive video game!
3.) Bird Photo Booth's adjustable height and distance bird food dish lets you control and adjust where birds will land and how to compose them in frame. You can choose to capture the entire bird or just the face up close.
4.) Using your iPhone or GoPro camera in combination with the provided macro lens, gives you image quality that is vastly superior to any other existing bird cam on the market.
5.) Using a smart phone gives you the ability to instantly edit and share bird photos with others online. Other bird cams and cameras require many more steps to edit and share images.
6.) Use and experiment with all the apps available on iOS and android which can do everything from motion activated shutters, sound activated shutter, time lapse, etc....
7.) Bird cams and technology in general become quickly obsolete, Bird Photo Booth uses interchangeable foam inserts to embrace future technologies and devices.
Yes! A universal Android foam insert is in the works, and it will fit virtually any smart phone inside Bird Photo Booth.
No need for two devices. Simply launch the Wireless Camera app. on your iPhone, and images are automatically captured via motion detection!
Use apple's FaceTime app.
Launch the FaceTime app on your selected iOS device that you will use as the remote viewer. Call your iPhone™ using the FaceTime app. Make sure the rear facing camera is selected on your iPhone or iPod touch. Reduce screen brightness to conserve battery. Place your iPhone™ or iPod touch™ into Bird Photo Booth and now you can watch,listen to, and even TALK to backyard birds face to face in real time!
NO applications needed! You can use your bluetooth keyboard or headset to remotely control and take photos with your iPhone or iPod touch in Bird Photo Booth.
Yes, Bird Photo Booth's soft protective foam interior is designed to fit iPhone's 3,4 and the iPhone 5.
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