About this project
What if you could capture life’s moments in their entirety? What if you could be immersed within those memories and share them across space and time? What if your flat, stale selfies and videos stopped letting you down and instead you could relive the experiences as they were unfolding all around you?
Introducing: LyfieEye™. The first truly affordable camcorder that plugs straight into your Android Phone to allow you to preview, record and playback live-like spherical 360 degree videos and photos. All from an object no larger than Harry Potter’s Golden Snitch.
Built to capture and share moments the way they actually happened, The LyfieEye™ uploads instantly to Facebook 360, YouTube 360, and syncs flawlessly to any VR headset without any technical lag. Preview, record, and share the entire moment.
*Shot using Actual LyfieEye™ Prototype
Watch a video example in true HD of LyfieEye by reviewer Lorenz Keller of Blick:
*NEW COLOUR JUST LAUNCHED!
For a limited time only, each LyfieEye™ also comes with a FREE LyfieLink™ cable that gives you even more options to record. LyfieLink™ will extend your reach by almost 7 inches or allow you to place your phone down while you record, hands-free. The options are endless and we’re excited to see how you will use it to get above, under, and all around the action. The package will also come with LyfieU2C™: a USB 2.0 to Type-C converter to work with your smartphone.
Your life is constantly moving. New experiences are always right around the corner. LyfieEye™ makes sure you’re getting the best recording of those moments you possibly can, instantly. Video stitching software? Expensive, time consuming, and now… irrelevant.
Our patented technology allows one computer chip inside LyfieEye™ to simultaneously handle several high-power functions for HD capture, with a high frame rate. Combined with a dual-lens design, we're able to simultaneously capture two 180-degree videos and combine them together in real-time.
We passionately believe that immersive technology will drive the next digital revolution in our generation. We see new and exciting ways to consume VR and Spherical 360° content coming onto the market: Facebook™ 360, YouTube™ 360, Google Cardboard™, Oculus Rift™, HTC's VIVE™, to name a few. But when we looked at the options for content creation, we were hard-pressed to find something that we were satisfied with. We thus set out to design and create the best possible product that we could put in the hands of users all over the world.
As we looked at the current solutions in the market, we realised that the majority of them lacked a "live" preview capability: you can't see how you look like in your selfie until after you have taken it. At the same time, they can be prohibitively expensive, standalone solutions that require tedious pairing and sharing with your computer or smartphone.
Some of the features include:
Compatibility with Android OS 5.0 or higher. *if you are running an older version of Android on your smartphone, please get in touch with us so we can test it's compatibility with our hardware and software
Recording videos at up to 30 frames per seconds
Support for Gyro and Cardboard mode to view the videos in VR
A light small form factor and can easily fit in a pocket. Support for USB 2.0, 3.0 and Type-C interfaces
Seamless built-in video stitching that happens automatically
Support for multiple video length durations (playback performance may be affected by length of video, and your phone’s CPU speed and available memory)
Efficiency in intelligently using the phone's battery and processing system, without depleting the phone of its battery
We've worked hard to develop our own proprietary technologies that empower LyfieEye™. These include an innovative, seamless LyfieSense™ architecture which optimizes several specialist technologies: optical lenses, semiconductor image sensors, an image processing IC chip that we created specifically for synchronizing LyfieEye’s two lenses, the USB connector for USB 2.0/3.0 and Type-C, and software integration with smartphones. Once plugged in your smartphone, LyfieEye™ works via USB connection in tandem with your phone’s processors, and is optimised for Android™. By tapping your smartphone's existing capabilities like display, battery and external connectivity we’ve eliminated redundant features (and unnecessary cost) for our users.
Let us demonstrate what LyfieEye™ actually does. Here we have a Flat 360° video that we shot in a car showroom. You can see how the sides line up with each other to give you a full view of the room, but the image is distorted and you can't see the details that you want to.
Next, we see the same video but in Spherical 360° mode (filmed using a LyfieEye™ pre-production prototype) - you can control your point of view within the video using your cursor (desktop), moving your phone (mobile), swiping your touchscreen, or through your VR goggles. Now you can truly immerse yourself and be in full control of your point of view: it's like you are actually there!
*If you view this as an embedded video, the Spherical 360° capability might be limited: we recommend you open this video in YouTube™ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWbj3Lj2li8 and remember to select HD mode when you view it!
We believe that we are at the cusp of a huge technological revolution: Immersive Technology will change the way we record and share our experiences forever. We are excited to be part of this wave of innovation and we want you to walk this journey with us!
LyfieView™, our proprietary app will be available for download on Google Play™ to allow you to record and share your Lyfies seamlessly with your friends and family.
* Some of LyfieEye's features include:
Recording videos at up to 30 frames per seconds ; Support for Gyro and Cardboard mode to view the videos in VR ; it weighs 18 gm (about the weight of 7 pennies) and is the about the same size as a ping-pong ball. LyfieEye supports USB 2.0, 3.0 and Type-C and has been built for Android™.
Here's a Demonstration of How To Use LyfieEye
We took LyfieEye for a short spin along the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge last weekend! We did not do any post-production work on our footage and we hope you are delighted with the quality of our video. (Remember to watch it in Full 1080HD Resolution to get the best immersive experience!)
*If you view this as an embedded video, the Spherical 360° capability might be limited: we recommend you open this video in YouTube™ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFGsx8Ys25U and remember to select HD mode when you view it!
Dedicated to bringing the best technology to you, Team Lyfie is based around the world with teams in the United States and Singapore.
You believed in our vision, and we want to thank you! Check out our rewards below!
Queue the drum roll, we are announcing a NEW color to ring in the new year: Polished Black, in addition to our original two colours. It will be identical in performance and supported on LyfieView albeit with a slight aesthetic update. We will be shipping our Polished Black LyfieEyes in December just in time for the holiday festivities.
Please note: If you are buying multiple LyfieEyes, simply double the amount (make sure to add additional shipping if it will be going to different locations) and shoot us a message with your color preferences!
Happy shopping, friends! :)
We've already shipped our final pre-production samples out for all the requisite safety and user certification, and while there remain a few minor aesthetic refinements to be made to our product and accompanying accessories, the bulk of development work is finished and we are ready to move on to mass production immediately.
We are so excited to get LyfieEye™ into your hands. Rest assured, we will continue to work day and night until the very last LyfieEye has shipped.
Together we can make this dream a reality and grow our Lyfie™ community! Just click any of the icons below and tag a friend who loves taking selfies!
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VIVE is trademark of HTC Corporation.
iPhone is trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Risks and challenges
Embarking on such an ambitious project can seem challenging for a small outfit such as ours, but we've established tight working relationships with our manufacturers to ensure that we can deliver LyfieEye according to schedule.
We are confident that we will deliver LyfieEye on time to you.
In the event that things don't go as planned, whether it's a delay in the manufacturing timeline, shipping date, or something else, we promise to communicate honestly with you and work around the clock until we correct the issue.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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