About this project
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!
New Reward: Variable Focus Lens!
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.
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?
- 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.
$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.
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?
See articles on us:
- Lab Out Loud
- MicrobeHunter Microscopy Magazine
- The EdTech Times
- Science Education Partnership
- Kickstarter Conversations
Can I receive more than one camera?
Risks and challenges
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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