Lumera: transform your camera into the smartest one
Lumera: transform your camera into the smartest one
Imagine one-click experiences like sharing, wireless camera control and backing up your photos on the go
Imagine one-click experiences like sharing, wireless camera control and backing up your photos on the go Read more
About this project
Taking photos is part of everyone’s life, it brings joy, excitement and motivation. However, we noticed that there is still a gap between high quality cameras and today's internet technologies and social environments.
Today’s camera manufacturers create products with amazing sensors and stunning lenses which give users high quality images, but most of them don't provide a connection to the cloud and social networks. On the other side, cellphone manufacturers create amazing devices completely immersed in the cloud but with poor optics which give users low quality images.
Through years of working with experts on the field, we deeply understood photography as the art and science that it is. So we came up with the idea of building a device to make this experience even more exciting and friendly with new technologies and social trends. This is how Lumera idea came to life, to connect camera and phones through WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and bring a new world of possibilities...
"Lumera, a clever little device that connects your DSLR to your phone to give it connectivity and better features" -- PetaPixel
"It feels like an EyeFi with a bit more brains" -- Boing Boing
"This is a clever project that deserves your support! And you won’t belive it, it’s open source!" -- Open Electronics
"While the brands' wireless attachments typically cost around $600 to $800 each, you can get the Lumera for only $125" -- Engadget
Lumera comparative table
Lumera says hi from our drone:
With Lumera's one-click share you broadcast your photos directly from your camera to your preferred social networks. You don't even need to pull your phone out of your pocket.
With Lumera one-click share mode possibilities are endless, at any time and any place you can forget about the complex process of sharing your high quality photos.
Lumera comes with a built-in dual wireless connection using Bluetooth low energy to remotely control camera parameters and saving battery mode, and WiFi for video live view and fast image/video transfer.
With Lumera Android-iOS App, some of things you will be able to:
- Wirelessly capture images and videos.
- Remotely view and edit camera parameters like shutter speed, ISO, focus and zoom area, white balance, drive mode, aperture, image quality and format and more features to come.
- Wirelessly stream live view to your iOS or Android device.
- Setup timelapses from your smartphone.
- Tag GPS location to your photos, when you need to.
Some Lumera applications:
Wirelessly stream live view to your iOS or Android device.
Tag GPS location to your photos, when you need to.
Currently you can chose between 2 options, Lumera with built-in GPS and Lumera with GPS tethering. Below is a comparison chart between both options and some other popular products
Create High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos using Lumera image processing algorithms.
With the help of Lumera image processing software you can make amazing stereoscopic pictures and anaglyphs.
Setup timelapses from your smartphone
Lumera integrates with your camera body by attaching it with a tripod thumb screw and connecting it through USB port without affecting your experience.
As a complement of our mechanics designs we did a FEA(Finite element analysis) of Lumera screw to make sure it can support and hold any kind of camera with any type of lens. According to this analysis Lumera can support up to 15 kg.
Hot shoe preliminary version
Thanks to our backers feedback. here is a preliminary version of mechanical design with hot shoe adapter.
User experience is augmented with a professional OLED UI design that allows:
- Visualization of preferred social networks and cloud storage services ready for one-click mode, previously configured from mobile app.
Visualization of camera parameters and image-processing algorithms previously chosen from mobile app.
- Progress bar of image-video current transfer status.
- Lumera and phone status dashboard.
Lumera comes with a second USB port to save your photos and videos directly to your drive.
Lumera main technology is based on open source PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) software to communicate with most popular cameras and reverse engineered open source libraries to communicate with some closed protocol cameras. According to this our future goal is to support a lot more cameras.
Identify your camera
Step 1. Search the model of your camera in the below list. These are only some of the models we are supporting at these moment.
Step 2. If your camera isn’t listed here, please fill in this survey for us to confirm if we can currently support it (and thus include it here), or to investigate about it and support it in the future. So stay tuned, we will continue updating this list.
Lumera camera support survey: http://lumera.co/survey
Lumera will be open source and open hardware, it will come with Linux based OS. We can't wait to see what hacks you can build on top of Lumera. We are glad to invite you to help us grow our community through our wiki and forums websites.
Lumera was born with the help of our friends from hackbo.co
Risks and challenges
Lumera labs is a solid professional team with a lot of experience in hardware and software development focused on embedded Linux, mobile applications development, and image processing.
Our main challenge and goal is to support the biggest amount of cameras. Help us filling our camera brands and models survey at “How it works” section, to create a bigger Lumera cameras scope.
We consider main risks are supply and production: we have worked before with well known manufacturers and our designs are ready for production, we will do our best to make it happen according to proposed timeline. Shipping: we'll work very close to our shipping providers to make sure all of our backers receive their Lumeras according to schedule. We'll also keep our backers up-to-date and well informed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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