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Help us engage students and inspire the next generation of scientists. Our new Focus Microscope Camera connects iPads and microscopes.

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Stretch Goals!

ACHIEVED! $34,000: TIME LAPSE VIDEO. Hitting this level will allow us to free up enough resources to fast-track our next big feature, Time Lapse Videos. Getting to this point will help us get this to every camera much faster than we would have otherwise!

$39,000: At this level we will be able to roll out a super-resolution feature for images taken with our camera! The extra $5,000 we will receive by reaching this stretch goal will give us the ability to license the Cortex Camera App and integrate it with the Focus Camera.

New Reward: Telescope Lens!

At the second $575 level you receive a Focus Camera and a telescope lens & adapter.
At the second $575 level you receive a Focus Camera and a telescope lens & adapter.

New Reward: Variable Focus Lens!

At the $575 level you receive the Focus Camera, a variable-focus lens, and a high-quality tripod.
At the $575 level you receive the Focus Camera, a variable-focus lens, and a high-quality tripod.

The Focus Microscope Camera plugs into virtually any microscope and streams the image to an iPad, where you can then take photos, make annotations, measurements, and more.

We're launching on Kickstarter to fund a co-development program to get 40 of our cameras into the hands of educators and students (at no cost to them) and get the input and feedback we need to take the Focus Camera and App to the next level.  

Now Accepting Applications!

Click the link above to apply to the co-development program. Applications accepted until July 2013.

We want to ignite curiosity in the next generation of scientists.  We hope backers who recognize the importance of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) will lend a hand and help us improve on this great tool that transforms the learning experience.  One key step is getting the Focus Camera out into classrooms and getting valuable first hand feedback from students and teachers.  Our backers can help make that happen.  We will give 40 cameras to schools and collaborate with them to improve our offering. 

Children in the US are falling behind in STEM education.  We believe the right technology tools can help. The Focus Camera sits at the intersection of STEM and iPad adoption by offering a great solution for teachers looking for new and exciting ways to engage and inspire students.   It breathes new life into existing compound and stereo microscopes, and can dramatically improve the learning experience. 

Now students can share and collaborate and use these powerful features to explore the unseen world.  Teachers are better able to convey information and confirm students aren't confusing an air bubble with a cell nucleus or an eyelash for a nematode.  

What does the Focus Camera do?

The Focus Camera seamlessly connects your iPad and microscope, then our free app (available at the App Store) enables all sorts of cool stuff:
  • Take videos, pictures & share via email
  • Make labels/annotations with color-coded markers right on the image
  • Accurately measure point-to-point with your fingertips
  • Digitally pinch & zoom
  • Wirelessly project the image to a screen or projector using the iPad’s Apple AirPlay feature.

These powerful features help teachers take what was once an isolated experience and transform it into a shared one. 

This is an example of the measurement and annotation tools available in the current app.
This is an example of the measurement and annotation tools available in the current app.

STRETCH GOALS

$34,000 Time Lapse Video: STRETCH GOAL MET! Hitting this level will allow us to free up enough resources to fast-track our next big feature, Time Lapse Videos. Getting to this point will help us get this to every camera much faster than we would have otherwise!

$39,000 Super-Resolution Images: At this level we will be able to roll out a super-resolution feature for images taken with our camera! The extra $5,000 we will receive by reaching this stretch goal will give us the ability to license the Cortex Camera App and integrate it with the Focus Camera.

SPECIAL THANKS

A huge thank you to Stefan Bucher of dailymonster.com and 344lovesyou.com, who has generously donated his limited-edition monster print as a reward for Kickstarter backers. Be sure to check out his other artwork!

Check out the monster here!

Would you like to learn more? 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and visit our press kit. Feel free to contact us directly as well.

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Can I receive more than one camera?

Sorry, no, due to Kickstarter's "Single Serving rule" for rewards in the Product Design category. If you're interested in getting a set of cameras, please contact us directly. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

With final licensing approval from Apple and cameras being sold through our website, we are ready to rock. The first version of our app is up and running. We have a phenomenal team and a solid plan in place to get the Focus Camera in the hands of teachers and students.

Placing cameras, monitoring, and receiving feedback from the schools in the pilot program will take time, effort, and resources, but we already have several organizations on board to provide useful feedback. The biggest risk right now is that even if schools get into the pilot program, they may not ever actually help us improve the camera or give any feedback. We will avoid that through stellar support service and developing strong relationships with the participating organizations.

We are confident that we have a solid plan in place and the right team to execute it.

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    THANK YOU POSTCARD + SPECIAL PHOTO ACCESS: We're making a bunch of postcards with different pictures taken with the Focus Camera. Receive one of these postcards signed by the Exo Labs team! You will also get access to our special content folder that contains the best photos we've taken with the camera. All backers who pledge higher than this amount get access as well!

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    EARLY BIRD FOCUS MICROSCOPE CAMERA: To help us get started, the first 10 customers at this level receive a Focus Microscope Camera at an amazing price. The camera retails at $599. This is limited to 10 cameras, so get it quick!

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    FOCUS MICROSCOPE CAMERA: Receive a Focus Microscope Camera at the Kickstarter backer price. This is perfect for anyone who uses a microscope! Retails for $599.

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    FOCUS MICROSCOPE CAMERA + MONSTER CALIBRATION SLIDE: The first 20 people who pledge at this level receive a FREE limited edition calibration slide ($50 value) featuring a "micro-monster" created by Stefan Bucher specially for this Kickstarter. The monster is only visible through a microscope! We only have 20 slides, so get them while they last!

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    FOCUS MICROSCOPE CAMERA + SIGNED LIMITED EDITION MONSTER PRINT: As an added bonus, receive a Focus Microscope Camera and a limited-edition signed and numbered 12"x16" print of the Exo Labs monster, created by Stefan Bucher of the Daily Monster (with embossed logo). This is limited to 10 people, so get them while they last!

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    FOCUS MICROSCOPE CAMERA + TELESCOPE LENS: Receive a Focus Microscope Camera and a special telescope lens. This allows the Focus Camera to be used with most telescopes. Great for exploring the night sky! Limited to 10, this is the only place to get it!

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    FOCUS MICROSCOPE CAMERA + VARIABLE FOCUS LENS + CAMERA STAND: Receive a Focus Microscope Camera, a special variable-focus lens, and a high-quality tripod/stand. This allows the Focus Camera to be used as a stand-alone scope. Perfect for looking at bugs, leaves, money, stamps, coins, or even doing dissections. This retail solution is still in development, so Kickstarter is the first and only place you can get it!

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    YOU PICK THE SCHOOL: The K-12 school of your choice will be welcomed into our co-development program and receive a set of 5 Focus Microscope Cameras. (School should have microscopes and iPads). You get a Monster poster, large photo, and set of postcards. Free shipping within the U.S.

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