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This project was successfully funded on August 21, 2014.

Selfies made easy: This iPhone flip-out mirror kickstand helps you take photos remotely

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The Basics:

  • CaseCam is the world's most compact mobile device tripod.
  • The app lets you take pictures remotely and preview your picture on a another mobile device before you take it.
  • You can then look at the shot you just took with the second device and retake it remotely if you didn't like it.
  • The app has an adjustable timer for taking pictures on your own.
  • You can also edit and share the photo with your favorite social media service directly from the CaseCam app.

CaseCam is the world’s most compact iPhone tripod and paired with the CaseCam app, it allows users to take pictures and video remotely using other IOS devices! 

The wifi viewfinder feature of the app even allows you to see what your CaseCam is seeing on the screen of another IOS device, enabling you to frame the picture you are taking while you are in it! This eliminates the need to have a separate photographer to take the picture for you so that everyone in your group can get #inthepicture.

Hello Kickstarter!

We are excited to be here with our first project. We invented CaseCam to enable users to get the very most out of their mobile devices.

The case and app were born out of a desire to be included in group photos of friends and family and to enhance the phone’s capacity for capturing hands-free pictures and videos. CaseCam solves a problem faced by students, moms, dads, travelers, video bloggers, and anyone who uses their phone to snap group photos or take video.

The scenario is very familiar. You are with a bunch of friends or family, in a special, memorable place and you want to capture that moment, but no one is around to ask, “Hey, can you take our photo?” So you, the photographer, get left out of the photo. CaseCam puts everyone back #inthepicture by eliminating the need for a photographer.

CaseCam also makes taking video much simpler, allowing you to set your phone on any surface and just press record. This allows users to record the moment without having to hold up their phone and watch it through their phone’s screen.

“I have a tripod with an iPhone attachment but never use it because it takes forever to set up and it’s a lot to carry around. CaseCam is a quick and easy solution to this problem. Now I can film my swing whenever and wherever.”

- Ryan Young, Golf Professional

-“It is a versatile and innovative product that helps capture images in so many practical situations. Taking Pictures with friends has never been easier.”

- Nick Schonewald, College Student

-Whenever I travel, it's almost impossible to take group photos without leaving someone out - usually myself. CaseCam makes it easy to take photos of my friends no matter where I go.

- Allie, Mullen, Student/Traveler

CaseCam uses a flip-out mirror kickstand to allow you to take pictures and video without having to hold up your phone. The mirror reflects the light into the iPhone camera and the kickstand clicks into the case when you don’t need it. It also works as a horizontal kickstand to prop up your phone for viewing videos.

The CaseCam App inverts the images and video that you capture so that they appear right-side-up again after being reflected off of the mirror. (And yes, it’s free.)

The app saves your pictures and video to your iphone’s camera roll so that your can edit them and share them like you normally would or you can share them directly from the CaseCam App!

The CaseCam App allows users to take group photos like never before, you can use it to:

  • Take pictures with an adjustable timer
  • Take pictures remotely by syncing with your friend’s IOS device, or your iPad.
  • The app’s innovative WiFi-viewfinder feature lets you use your friend’s iPhone to see what your CaseCam sees, so you can frame the photo while you are in it
Adjustable Timer.
Adjustable Timer.
Controlling CaseCam remotely.
Controlling CaseCam remotely.
Framing the picture while you are in it!
Framing the picture while you are in it!

CaseCam is designed to be extremely low profile, but robust enough to protect your phone from wear and tear just like any other high quality protective cell phone case. It is made from impact-resistant injection-molded Polycarbonate — the same material used to make bullet-proof glass!

The case is also designed to look and feel great in your hand and your pocket, the slim design leaves lots of room for other items in your pocket, you may even forget that it’s there. The case leaves the buttons, audio port, and the thunderbolt port unobstructed so that any headphones or thunderbolt cable can plug in without needing to remove the case.

The mirror is made of optical quality Soda Lime glass with an extremely tight surface flatness tolerance so that your images will not be distorted at all and there is no perceivable loss in image quality. The mirror now stows toward the phone when it is not in use protecting the mirror from scratches

 Vote on additional CaseCam colors and phone models (please note that the images below were taken of a previous prototype):

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KQP3VLZ

Pink, Navy Blue, Deep Red, Teal-Gray
Pink, Navy Blue, Deep Red, Teal-Gray

As you can see the CaseCam produces crisp, clear, undistorted images.

 *Note: KS lowers the quality of the images we have uploaded.

Every dollar helps as we try to bring CaseCam to life, thank you for your support!

Welcome earlybirds! Never be left out of the picture again with your very own CaseCam! This case is compatible with both the iPhone 5 and 5S. 

[Retail Value - $40] Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.

Never be left out of the picture again with your very own CaseCam! This case is compatible with both the iPhone 5 and 5S. 

[Retail Value - $40] Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.

Get a CaseCam for you and three of your friends! This is the best value we will ever offer, so get you and your friends #inthepicture with CaseCam. Compatible with both the iPhone 5 and 5s. 

[Retail value - $160] Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.

I am very happily married to my beautiful wife, Miriam. We live in Kirkland and two kids Gia (6) and Rocco (4). I currently work as a Managing Real Estate Broker at a small real estate office in downtown Kirkland, WA. We have been thinking for years about how a product like CaseCam would improve the day-to-day lives of other parents like us.

Last year I was looking across the sea of parents sitting on bleachers watching their kids in the preschool holiday show. It seemed like every 3rd parent was, like me, unsuccessfully trying to control their wobbling iPhone camera in their hand while their elbow was uncomfortably propped up on their knee. CaseCam's retractable mobile stand would enable all those parents to shoot better, more stable videos while actually being able to watch firsthand and enjoy the show.

We love taking our kids on adventures and vacations. Looking back through the photo album there was only one parent, either my wife or myself, in every family photo. It's just too inconvenient to find a trustworthy impromptu photographer at the beach, zoo or Disneyland that has the patience to frame the shot the way you want. I'm excited to immeasurably improve the quality of the family photos for myself and others when out together having fun.

With CaseCam's Bluetooth pairing and screen sharing, our photos will always look the way we want and with everyone included in the picture. We want our kids and our grandkids to look back at these photos and see that we were all there together.

- Justin Cicero, CaseCam Co-Founder

Garett Ochs – Mechanical Engineer & Entrepreneur

Justin Cicero – Real Estate Professional & Entrepreneur

We would love to thank our family, friends, and everyone who has helped along the journey. Their  feedback, support, and positive encouragement has been incredibly inspiring!

Caitlin O’Keefe, Jennifer Ritchie, Shauna Nuckles, Jenny MacDougall, Peter Themelis, Andy Wen, Spencer Anunsen, Brandon Block, Kevin Stephens, Colton Anderson and everyone else who's helped out along the way.

Graphic Design:

Michael Hutton

Video

Arc Media Studios

Ali Mohsenian

Sean McGrath

Landon Salyer

Stills

Connor Surdi

Web Design

Rory Douglas

Music

Chris Coleman

Video Location

Ellie and Mike Kemmery

Photo Editing

Clayton Getsinger

Acting

Brady Douglas, Alex Carlson-Helo, Derek Woolsey, Chris Kiel, Zoey Dingle, Jonah Crollard, & Krista Garza.

Risks and challenges

Producing high quality products is never easy, but we are confident in our abilities to deliver this project on time and up to the stringent standards for quality that we demand at CaseCam. Our previous experience in manufacturing spacecraft, race cars, as well as the relationships that we have developed with our suppliers will help us mitigate unforeseen challenges that we may encounter during the production process.

Keep in mind there are always issues that can arise, such as having to run multiple iterations during the injection molding tooling process, or being out of key components that delay our schedule.

Despite all of this, our target delivery date is December, 2014. We would love to ship earlier and we will do everything we can to make this happen. We are committed to making Cases that are fantastic both in form and quality.

We have our suppliers ready to go and with your support we can make this dream come true.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • CaseCam’s mirror allows us to make the tripod feature of the case extremely compact, but it also mirrors the image, so it appears flipped and rotated by 180 degrees. The app reverses this. In addition, the app includes features such as:

    1) Take pictures with an adjustable timer
    2) Take pictures remotely by syncing with your friend’s IOS device, or your iPad.
    3) The app’s innovative WiFi-viewfinder feature lets you use your friend’s iPhone to see what your CaseCam sees, so you can frame the photo while you are in it

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  • CaseCam’s mirror is made out of optical quality glass which provides a highly reflective and flat surface that does not distort, resulting in very crisp images. However, glass of any type can be scratched if handled improperly. If damage occurs to the mirror, mirror replacements will be available for ~$7 and are extremely easy to replace yourself.

    Because the focal point is so far away from the mirror the scratches or damage to the mirror will need to be fairly significant in order to start noticeably affecting picture quality.

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  • Yes, the app will be free and it will be released on the app store with the delivery of our first shipment

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  • Once the Kickstarter reaches its $25,000 funding goal, we plan to expand our design to work with other popular mobile devices. These will be unveiled as stretch goals with your support!

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    53 backers

    You will receive: A Big Thank You! Every dollar helps bring these awesome cases to life. You will also be included in the first to know about all our updates including when CaseCam becomes available for android, ipad, etc.

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    230 backers Limited (1770 left of 2000)

    You will receive: One CaseCam! (Early Bird Special) Never get left out of the picture again with your very own CaseCam! This case is compatible with both the iPhone 5 and 5S.
    [Retail Value $40]

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    16 backers

    You will receive: One CaseCam! Never get left out of the picture again with your very own CaseCam! This case is compatible with both the iPhone 5 and 5S.
    [Retail Value $40]

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    25 backers

    You will receive: a four-pack of CaseCams! Get a CaseCam for you and three of your friends. This is the best value we will ever offer, so get both you and your friends #inthepicture with CaseCam. Compatible with both the iPhone 5 and 5s.
    Retail value - $160]

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    You will receive: a machined CaseCam! Get a completely custom-made CaseCam, machined out of solid billet aluminum, anodized your choice in color and engraved with your name! This is only for the elite.

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Funding period

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