My goal with
Zcapture is to provide a low-cost, high-quality product that can be modified,
hacked or customized to fit individual needs. We believe this product should be
shared with the world in a manner that is disruptive to this emerging industry
of 360 driven content creation, shows a better way of doing things, and
provides information in a user centric medium.
I have been deeply
involved in web development for 15 years and a great majority of that time has
been focused on eCommerce development and design. In that time I have always
found that the lack of meaningful product information is a killer when presenting a product in a meaningful way to have them purchase. Couple this experience with being a hard core
maker that has been publishing articles for the last decade and there was bound to be a merging of ideas.
The humble beginnings of Zcapture came from my own personal interest in
experimentation about 8 years ago with Basic Stamp programming. Roughly 4 years
ago I discovered the Arduino NG and fell in love with the Arduino platform from
the point of view that anyone could learn it and use it. Immediately I set to
work to build and refine the Zcapture system based on this robust platform.
As a maker I have
always been challenged with providing enough detail for a project guide while
being able to see a project through to completion and publication. As the web
has evolved the expectation of the user for better and better content has
increased with the capability of browsers and web coding technologies.
Coupling this concept with ecommerce and
product information sites is a potent mix that is becoming more and more
common. Leading the pack is Google and Wal-Mart venturing into the 360 product
visualization sphere because of one simple reason, it sells. With the ability
to see the product online and virtually handle it, people are more confident in their purchase and more likely to buy from a vendor with rich media.
We’ve been able to produce the perfect system that rivals
emerging competing products in the marketplace by coupling open source hardware design with
the innovative application of technology, software, engineering, and above
This KickStarter is
step one on a journey for us that ultimately leads to a boxed product that we
would like to see be at a price point and availability that would enable anyone
to be able purchase one. In our ideal situation we would like to see people using
this to list products on auction sites, classifieds ads, and especially in the
maker community to showcase their projects.
The Zcapture system
consists of three tightly integrated components: Hardware, Software, and HTML.
These three systems allow you to easily go from item to website in as little as
15 minutes. The design and functionality of each system has been designed to be
as easy to implement as possible with intuitive controls so that just about
anyone can setup, connect, and shoot amazing 360 shots.
While developing the
Zcapture hardware platform, we went through several revisions. We wanted to
produce something that was strong and robust while still staying cost-effective
and reliable. This refining process has often been tumultuous because we are constantly
adding new capabilities, features, and functionality to the system. At the same
time, we are focused on producing something that will meet most people’s
platform has been designed to work 100% autonomously without the need to be
connected or controlled from a computer or can be connected for a more seamless
user experience within the Zcaptue software suite. It also has features like
optical isolation from your camera equipment and active cooling to ensure cool
and stable operation. We have created a more powerful and enjoyable product to
use through changes. With the refining process including multiple versions and
predecessors we were ultimately led to a refined, simple, and powerful hardware design that is user-friendly and both easy to use and maintain.
software suite has been designed as a professional tool to give everyone the
ability to create exceptional 360° product photography for the web. This suite of tools allows you to rapidly edit, crop, re-size, customize, preview, export, and upload your images in the least amount of time possible. If you
have any experience using products like Adobe Photoshop or Light Room, then the
Zcapture software suit will be intuitive and easy-to-use. We have worked very
hard to remove all the hard work from the process for you.
The Zcapture image
processing suite version 1.0 is a powerful toolset for producing 360
rotating product imagery designed for use and display on the web. With both
advanced features for advanced users and easy editing tools for the novice,
anyone can start creating 360
content for the web without wasting precious time
Most important of
all, Every supporter on KickStarter will get access to LIFETIME FREE UPDATES.
Yep, that’s in all caps because it's so cool. Each time we release a new version
your license key will allow you to activate the latest version for free. This is
critical for supporting the next browser version, technology or device platform
The Zcapture system
is stunningly easy to use. With 6 simple steps you can go from product to
website in as little as 15 minuets per item. If you have even basic photography
skills you will be able to produce excellent quality imagery to embed on your
website. Simply connect power, the controller, and your camera to start shooting right away without messing around with complicated settings.
The Zcapture is
compatible with most SLR cameras that support a external shutter control.
However, it works natively with all Cannon and Nikon Camera models out of the
box. When you place your order we will have a survey at the end of the KickStarter to find out what model of camera you will need to support. For the base
KickStarter we will only be supporting Canon and Nikon Cameras. We will set
some stretch goals with more camera support and even adding in a IR header to
support most point and shoot cameras. For a full list of supported cameras
check out our compatibility list.
With the optional 20.00 funding level your iphone, ipod and ipad can be used as the camera for the Zcapture system. This cable will support all apple devices with cameras iphone, ipad, ipad mini, iphone.
Check out our portfolio for some inspirational ideas and
great looking examples of what the Zcapture system is capable of at our Websites Examples.
Makers will love how
easy Zcapture is to use. Gone are the days of a project build with static
photos. Now instructions can be step-by-step in 360, allowing the reader to see all the intricacies of your project. Even better is the ability to
show off your project complete and polished.
your item in 360 and listing it in an auction or classifieds site. Or building
something out of Legos that you want to save and share? Perhaps you want to
show off something new you just purchased on Facebook? There are millions of
uses for Zcapture for anyone from hobbies, artists and even the stay at home
mom and is only limited by your imagination.
One of the ideal
situations for the Zcapture system to fill a daily business need will be in
eCommerce. eCommerce is constantly evolving and changing to engage customers
and help them feel confident with making purchases online. With the growth in
the eCommerce sector exploding there is a greater need to show a product online
in a way that leads to a conversion and differentiates a site or seller within
a market place from there competitors.
The Zcapture system
has been designed with the ability to upgrade it as new capabilities and needs
evolve. Whether you need to upgrade your micro-controller to newer version or
compatible variant or replace the motor with a more powerful one, there are several
options to increase the capability of your system.
We have a lot of
future functionality in mind for the Zcapture system. As part of this vision we
have added several headers and ports on the actual circuit board to allow for
all sorts of functional upgrades to the system that anyone can tinker with. And
with an Arduino at its heart modifying code and tinkering is super easy!
As part of the
launch of the Zcapture system we will be introducing community forums to share,
teach, and support each other as we launch this product line. We will regularly
be publishing articles with information on many associated topics from lighting
and camera setup to evaluation of third party apps and platform support. Our
goal is to share and contribute all our experience and encourage the same.
$25 - You will get one of our snazzy Tee Shirts in your size. The front has the Zcapture logo and the back has "the revolution has begun". This is a great way to show your support! When the Kickstarter Ends you will be sent a survey so we can make sure to get you the right size.
$100 - You will get a KickStarter Edition of our Zcapture Software suite at a
discounted price. This suite of tools allows you to import, edit, and export your
360 content with ease. This will be a life time license, so all future upgrades
will be included. This will be delivered as a digital download, and the
activation key will be emailed to you after the KickStarter ends. Note: This does
not include any hardware. You will need to find your own solution for shooting
your 360 content.
Zcapture Mini System
$150 - You will get you
a miniature version of the Zcapture system. This light weight system is 100% USB powered and
includes an Arduino and is ready to run with no tinkering required. It is ideal
for small light weight items 8oz or less. In
addition to the hardware platform you will also receive a life time software
license and all updates for free! This system is not included in our stretch
$350 - You will get
you a complete DIY Kit for you to assemble in the comfort of your own home, or
evil photographic genius lair, or other similarly geeky soldering and gluing
station. (arduino not included). In addition to the hardware platform you will
also receive a life time software license and all updates for free!
$480 - You will get
an assembled, tested, tweaked, tuned and totally complete, ready to run out of
the box Zcapture system for you. In addition to the hardware platform you will
also receive a life time software license and all updates for free!
$690 - You will get
an build, test, tweak, tune and create a totally complete ready to run out of
the box Zcapture system for you., include a nice custom hard aluminum
photography style case and include a 2 Softbox lighting kit. *international
shipping will cost a bit more on a case by case basis. In addition to the
hardware platform you will also receive a life time software license and all
updates for free!
*We will be adding
photos as we go with what is included with each package.
This is not our
first KickStarter project and we have learned a good amount from our other
successful KickStarter projects about project management, sourcing, and
We have a team of
specialists that are helping to insure we have the ability to see this project
through to success for our KickStarter customers.
For simplicity, we have broken fulfillment for this KickStarter into a series of phases so we can share our estimated timelines
1 The KickStarter's funding period will last for 60 days.
2 Survey will be sent out as Funds become available to us 15 days after the completion of the funding period.
3 Sourcing Parts will
require 30 days once the KickStarter funds are available.
4 Unassembled Kits
will be shipped 20 days after Phase 3 is completed. Assembled Units will
be shipped 30-40 days after Phase 3 is completed.
*These dates will be refined throughout the KickStarter.
We have set a series of stretch goals with the hope that the Kick Starter community can help us evolve the project to a more feature-rich and capable platform for everyone.
MORE POWER! We will upgrade every unit to a more powerful motor and a larger chassis to hold it. This will enable the unit to work with larger loads and allow a higher degree of accuracy.
We will develop a library of IR codes for the Zcapture system, allowing it to control your camera's shutter via an infrared header. PLEASE NOTE: This will be an evolution over time as we add to our library of IR codes. This feature will only support cameras that accept IR input.
We will add the capability to control the Zcapture system via a wireless keychain controller. You will be able to start, stop, and preview just like the current configuration, but without the wires! This is a great feature to help speed setup, composition, and shooting time. Plus, it's just a cool little feature.
CUSTOM EXTRUDED CHASSIS FOR ALL!!! This is our holy grail. This is the last major step towards a product that is retail ready. Our current chassis are laser cut and highly durable but we will upgrade every chassis to a custom sleek extrusion molded chassis to house all the components. PLEASE NOTE: This will add 30-45 days to our delivery dates. If you want to receive your system faster, you can choose to forgo this upgrade in the post-KickStarter survey.
What does the future hold for Zcapture? We are already working to develop a handful of complementary services and features to assist the creative process and distribution of the Zcapture system.
Cloud based content hosting One of our goals is to create a system where Zcapture system users can upload their shots directly to our own content delivery cloud. This will make things like integration, embedding and hosting of content a breeze to work with. Our goal is to have this service launched in Q2 of 2014
The retail push
One of our biggest goals is to create a version of the Zcapture system that is affordable enough that it can be distributed and sold as a boxed product. Making this type of software and hardware solution available to everyone will help us with our goals of adoption and creating a solution that is disruptive to this emerging industry.
A little about the inventor
Jared Bouck is the inventor, designer and creator of the Zcapture system and related Rotate 360 Studios that offers 360 photography services utilizing Zcapture technology. Jared has been involved as an active contributor in the maker / hacker / Tech oriented art communities for over a decade. He is an entrepreneur, multiple business owner, father and inventor.
He is the author of several geek and tech oriented website like InventGeek.com, Algaegeek.com, Armorgeek.com, Zcapture.com, and has been published in many blogs and magazines the world over like MAKE magazine, PC magazine, Popular Science Big Book of Hacks, Hardcore Gamer, Toms Hardware, Makezine.com and, Hackaday.com to name a few. This is Jared's second KickStarter after successfully completing his last one. He is an avid inventor and creator, designing products, kits and projects for the DIY community to share and invites others to participate in all his projects.
All of our manufacturing
will be done in house using our own
manufacturing equipment that we already own. Our large laser cutter will
be put to work to produce the chassis and disks for the system. We have an
injection molding company on standby if we hit our stretch goals.
boards are sourced from overseas with backup manufactures here in the US. Component
parts are sourced from Newark and mouser with motors and power supplies
directly from the manufacturers. We have 4 dedicated staff members to help handle
assembly and shipping. We have 100 complete systems already sourced and we are
front loading already.
Risks and challenges
We have built several functional systems and have had them in a production studio for more than a year. Most, if not all, of the kinks are worked out of these systems. However, as with all hardware projects, there is always a risk when it comes down to manufacturing and sourcing parts in a timely manner.
We are serious about keeping to our schedule but there there may be delays during material transport, manufacturing processes, sourcing parts, customs holdups, and then shipping. As we hit our stretch goals we will obviously be adding some time to source components for these options. We will always be upfront about any delays and plan an appropriate course of action and share it with all of you.
It is. While the first batch of boards do not have the logo on it our final version of the board will and will be posted at the end of the KickStarter. Personally it's something I deeply believe in and one of the major reasons we opted to use an Arduino as well on board.
Yes it can. In fact we are working with a gentlemen on this very thing right now. He has done some good diy laser scanner projects and we are working together to bring his software to the Zcapture platform as a dedicated item. The Zcapture system is capable of 10lbs+ in capacity, but for 3d it is about the optics and field of view of the scanner so this is being developed and will be over the next month or so.
That brings up a good point. You can still use the system to make sure you get the number of stop points you want in your rotation in the proper placement. All you have to do is press the button each time it stops. Once you are done with your shoot you can process the shots in the Zcapture software just the same. The only difference is for each pause you have to click the button on the camera.
This light weight compact version of the Zcapture technology is designed for small items and ease of use with maximum portability. Powered and controlled by USB its ideal as an on the go 360 solution.
• Easy to use
• Up to 8 oz capacity
• 100% USB Powered
• Compatible with many DSLR Cameras
• Small Compact Design
• Simple connectivity
• Controlled via Zcapture Software
• Low Cost
• Use all of the Zcapture software suite features
This system is a very capable system for your every day shooting needs. With moderate capacity and the ability to run completely independent of any computer it is ideal for everyday use.
• Easy to use
• Up to 10 Lb capacity
• Use Stand alone or with computer connectivity
• Compatible with many DSLR Cameras
• Dedicated power supply
• Robust yet compact design
• Wired remote and software control
• Affordable and powerful solution
• Use all of the Zcapture software suite features
The Zcapture platform is best suited for modern computers. However the more power and resources you have the faster and more efficiently it will run. Minimum system requirements are below.
• Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor*
• .NET 4.0 and WPF Framework
• Microsoft® Windows® vista with Service Pack 2, Microsoft® Windows® vista 7 with Service Pack 1, or Windows 8
• 2GB of RAM (4-8GB recommended)
• 1GB of available hard-disk space
• 1024x768 display, 1920x1080 recommended
• Internet connection required for Internet-based services and initial activation
• Zcapture system required for Zcapture control and settings feature
• Modern Browser required to view final output
• Jedi Powers Optional...
With this level your iphone, ipod and ipad can be used as the camera for the Zcapture system. This cable will support all apple devices with cameras iphone, ipad, ipad mini, iphone. This is an add-on to one of the Zcapture kits or sets.
You will get a KickStarter Edition of our Zcapture Software suite at a discounted price. This suite of tools allows you to import, edit, and export your 360 content with ease. This will be a life time license, so all future upgrades will be included. This will be delivered as a digital download, and the activation key will be emailed to you after the KickStarter ends.
You will get you a mini Zcapture system. This lightweight system is 100% USB powered and includes an Arduino and is ready to run with no tinkering required. It is ideal for small lightweight items. In addition to the hardware platform you will also receive a lifetime software license and all updates for free! This system is not included in our stretch goal levels.
You will get a complete DIY Kit for you to assemble in the comfort of your home. (Arduino not included). In addition to the hardware platform you will also receive a lifetime software license and all updates for free!
You will get a fully assembled, tested, tweaked, tuned and completely ready to run out of the box Zcapture system for you. In addition to the hardware platform you will also receive a lifetime software license and all updates for free!
You will get a fully built, tested, tweaked, tuned and ready to run out of the box Zcapture system for you. Includes a nice custom hard aluminum photography style case and 2 Softbox lighting kit. *International shipping will cost a bit more on a case by case basis. In addition to the hardware platform you will also receive a lifetime software license and all updates for free!