V2 Sample Pictures
Today's post features a bunch of sample images from our prototype Podos. Enjoy!
That's last year's gen 1 Podo on the left, this year's gen 2 on the right. You notice it's a bit...naked. We're updating firmware and image tuning on it every day, so that's why we leave it out of the plastics. The factory is making integrated (combined) prototypes and sending them to us next week, but for now this is the Podo as we know and love it! Ignore the red LEDs, they should be white but we grabbed these just for now (Though they would make for a cool Halloween Podo...) There will be 8 white lights in a circle in the final version.
This is the setup I used for the following pictures. Two Podos, two phones, stuck together at one angle (on a battery pack). In the following pictures, Podo gen 2 means this year's Podo (that you are receiving from this campaign). Podo gen 1 is last year's Podo. Here we go!
Here I'm about 1.5 feet away from the camera. Gen 1 isn't quite in focus and not fitting everything in at this range. Gen 2 shows good sharpness but my ISO setting was a bit low, though the scene looks true-to-life. This is easily tweaked in software.
In this photo I'm standing directly facing the setting sun, so the light is harsh from the side. Gen 1 colors got affected as it compensated for this glare. Gen 2 is looking good, though I would ask the sensor techs to up the saturation a little bit.
Taking a double selfie! It's much easier to take a nice selfie with the wide angle lens. Please excuse the crazy hair. It's windy up there.
This image is a challenge because it's directly facing light; backlighting your subject is never a great idea. But it was a great view and I wanted to take a "candid" photo!
Heading back inside, I took a photo in the relatively dimly lit hallway by our door. You can see the drastic difference in lowlight performance between Gen 2 and last year's Gen 1!
Here is another #candid shot in our conference room. Gen 2 would be much better when out eating with friends and fitting in everyone around the table together. Gen 1 still takes a nice solo shot in the dim room with no lights on.
And just for fun, a selfie gif taken by the pool table! I used LAPSE mode at the 3 second interval and let Podo do its thing while I made silly faces. (Images downscaled to make the gif)
30 Hours to go!
Thank you for all the warm comments and messages you are sending our way! The team is really appreciative of it. Please check out the prior update if you have any questions about accessories or stretch goals, and let's hit the next one today and the rest tomorrow ;)
The Podo Labs Team