OLHO SmartReader: The reading aid for the 21st century (Canceled) project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
€232 pledged of €4,000 goal
backers
By BNO Technology Solutions
€232 pledged of €4,000 goal
backers

About


IMPORTANT: READ OUR LATEST UPDATE

OUR CAMPAIGN CONTINUES HERE

Since his birth Bastian, the founder of our company, is visually handicapped. Since the early 2000s he uses mobile phones that incorporate cameras to find his way. Throughout the years the cameras in mobile phones have dramatically improved and on modern smartphones there is a huge number of magnifying apps to choose from.

The only time he had to rely on proprietary solutions provided through the medical aid industry was at home when he wanted to read long-form content like books, newspapers and magazines. The reason was that using the phone for reading long text is incommodious.

Sample image of reading with a magnifying glass
Sample image of reading with a magnifying glass

To find a solution for using a smartphone to read long-form content he teamed-up with his father, who is a mechanical engineer, and together they came up with the concept for the SmartReader.

Featured & Supportd by

The SmartReader

Obviously the primary problem was to keep the phones camera in a proper distance from the text you want to read without having to hold the phone yourself.

Sketch of the acrylic bracket
Sketch of the acrylic bracket

The solution was a bracket made from transparent acrylic that supports a phone mount. You can see a sketch of the original acrylic bracket above.

The next problem was how to mount the phone to the bracket. The solution was not hard to find, since the problem has been solved in modern selfie-sticks.

ball head used for SmartReader
ball head used for SmartReader

So we combined the acrylic bracket with a ball head and a holding bracket from a selfie-stick. The result was our first prototype:

First prototype of SmartReader
First prototype of SmartReader

We tested this prototype quite thoroughly and found that the SmartReaders value could be greatly improved by making it more adjustable and easier to take apart for transport.

Grip screw used for SmartReader
Grip screw used for SmartReader

We changed the screw securing the ball head and the smartphone bracket to a grip screw. This was not only a change of parts, the acrylic bracket had to be modified as well. The result was exactly how we envisioned it: The final version of SmartReader.

The final version of SmartReader
The final version of SmartReader

The current version of SmartReader supports smartphones up to 5 inches. This for example includes all iPhones except the Plus models.

SmartReader with a Jolla Phone (4.5")
SmartReader with a Jolla Phone (4.5")

 

SmartReader with a iPhone 6 (4.7")
SmartReader with a iPhone 6 (4.7")

Companion App

Since we are a technology company and have developer resources at hand we also provide our own Magnifier App that is already available on the Apple App Store.

SmartReader with iPhone 6 running Magnifier App
SmartReader with iPhone 6 running Magnifier App

 

A version for Android is planned. We hope to exceed our funding goal, which would enable us to direct developer resources to developing the Android version. Perhaps even one for the open source Sailfish OS.

The Magnifier App is not required for using SmartReader. You can use the magnifying App you like best.

SmartReader with iPhone 6 running Magnifier App
SmartReader with iPhone 6 running Magnifier App

Feel free to discuss the App and its features in the 'Community' section, reach out to us on social media or visit our support forums. You can find more information about the free Magnifier App on our homepage.

How it works

Describing the usage of SmartReader is hard. Therefore we created a tutorail video that shows you how SmartReader and the Magnifier App work together.

Usage scenarios are limitless! Here is one exmple: Bastian's father is using SmartReader and the Magnifier App to read and comment a blue print.

Reading blue prints with SmartReader + Magnifier
Reading blue prints with SmartReader + Magnifier

Or you can use SmartReader like any otherr smartphone holder for things like Video calls ...

Using SmartReader for having a Video Call
Using SmartReader for having a Video Call

... or watch movies while on the go.

iPhone playing Big Buck Bunny by the Peach open movie project
iPhone playing Big Buck Bunny by the Peach open movie project

Quality

SmartReader is a quality build. It is designed and assembled in Germany. The components, except for the acrylic bracket, are sourced in Asia. The acrylic bracket is manufactured and refined in Germany.

The packaging is eco friendly, because we are just using a simple carton box for shipping SmartReader without any glossy color finish.

Each SmartReader is assembled and checked by hand before it is placed in its box and shipped to you, our backers.

What we need

We are posting this project to Kickstarter, because we want to make SmartReader and the Magnifier App available to a broad audience and to achieve this nothing is better than a crowdfunding campaign.

As mentioned above we are also looking for funds to expand the free Magnifier App and bring it to more platforms like Android and Sailfish OS.

What you get

You get a tool that helps both handicapped and elderly people to read longer texts without effort. Our retail price for SmartReader is 59 Euro, but for this Kickstarter you can get it for 44 Euro. On the higher rewards you also get higher discounts per piece.

SmartReader package contents
SmartReader package contents

We'll also mark everyone who contributes to this campaign and joins our support forums with the rank of 'Contributor'. That way we want to honor and encourage everyone to join the community and help the future development of SmartReader and the Magnifier App.

Timeline

This campaign started mid January and will conclude mid February. We expect all backer surveys to be completed till the end of February. Afterwards the sourcing of components with shipping to our assembly location will take 2-3 weeks. Therefore we expect deliveries to start at the end of March or early April at the latest.


We appreciate all of your support and want to encourage you again to communicate with us via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, the Kickstarter Community or our support forums.

Risks and challenges

The risks are minimal. We already sourced the components for a small test run and SmartReader has been in use by friends, family and ourself for a couple of months. The concept works, the components are good quality and assembly is quick and easy. As a result the only true risks are delays caused by sourcing the components. Everything else is totally manageable.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge €1 or more About $1.06

    Supporter

    Pledge what ever you want and receive:

    Includes:
    • 'Thank You' E-Mail and continuous project updates
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge €33 or more About $35

    EARLY BIRD

    This perk has limited quantity, because these are left overs from our sample run. They are identical in look and quality to the ones produced for this Kickstarter.

    Insured shipping with DHL worldwide.

    Includes:
    • OLHO SmartReader
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge €44 or more About $47

    Personal

    You get a SmartReader for personal use and continuous project updates

    Insured shipping with DHL worldwide.

    Includes:
    • OLHO SmartReader
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge €84 or more About $89

    Twosome Pack

    You get two SmartReader and continuous project updates

    Insured shipping with DHL worldwide.

    Includes:
    • OLHO SmartReader
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge €119 or more About $126

    Family Pack

    You get three SmartReader and continuous project updates

    Insured shipping with DHL worldwide.

    Includes:
    • OLHO SmartReader
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge €190 or more About $202

    Value Pack

    You get five SmartReader and continuous project updates

    Insured shipping with DHL worldwide.

    Includes:
    • OLHO SmartReader
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)