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ZumBot - a macro-photo studio for your iPad and smartphone

Your personal macro-photo studio for smartphones and tablet devices. Get precise macro-shots at home with your favorite smartphone.

ZumBot - a macro-photo studio for your iPad and smartphone

Your personal macro-photo studio for smartphones and tablet devices. Get precise macro-shots at home with your favorite smartphone.

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About

ZumBot main function is providing you with high-quality photos of small scale objects just with the help of your smartphone or tablet. It works for tablets up to 10” wide; with the camera located anywhere on the device. It also allows you to shoot macro-video, to use your gadget as "an electronic magnifier " with high magnification level or to digitize paper documents very quickly. Another optional function is digitizing 35mm film and slides. You can achieve great results using any Apple iPhone or iPad and most other camera Phones or Tablets.

We recommend ZumBot for devices with 5+ megapixels. Acceptable shots can be taken even with three-megapixel cameras though. We recommend using devices with auto-focus. However, if your device has no auto focus it is possible to use ZumBot by carefully regulating distance from the camera lens to the object itself. We will describe this later.

In the mode of "electronic magnifier" it is possible to use high-quality WEB cameras, for example Logitech C920, while the video can be observed in real-time on your monitor.

To begin with tablet or mobile phone is placed on the top surface of the device so that its camera matches with the center of the opening where the magnifying lenses are installed.

The large area of the platform and special design of it's legs allows ZumBot to work with up to 10 inch tablets with any camera location.

 For those who want to see and share small details!

A plant-louse on a nettle leaf and a match-head.
A plant-louse on a nettle leaf and a match-head.

 Our device will be undoubtedly very useful for collectors.

 Or maybe your dream is to put the fruits of your hobby on Etsy or Ebay?

 This device will be useful for electronics engineers, modelists, jewelers and other people working with small objects.

 Those who still have 35 mm films or slides will also appreciate our device!

All that you need to use the device is to choose the right lens zoom, set the appropriate length of the legs, put the gadget on the upper surface of the device and switch on the lighting. Finally switch your gadget into photo or video mode, focus on the right place and just push the button!

ZumBot includes 3 lenses of various magnification levels.

There is an optional triplet magnifier which reduces distortions at high magnification.

We are hoping to create a separate update related to using various 3rd party magnifiers in our device.

If we look at the device from above we will see that his legs are moved apart to increases its steadiness.

The upper surface is covered with rubberized material, which firmly fix your smartphone and helps to avoid sliding.

For greater magnification, the lens will be closer to the object. You can quickly adjust the distance by changing the height of the legs.

To increase the accuracy of changing height there are groves in the legs. The legs are fixed with a single screw and move along linear quides. When at the highest height, photography is carried out without lenses. In this mode, you can shoot printed documents up to A5+ format or other relatively large objects. Circular lamps located around the objective provides shadowless lightening.

Lateral illumination is used for photographic volume/depth. It is also possible to install light-filters which regulate shape, intensity and color of light streams.

The bottom of the device is covered with a layer of magnetic material where the lamps are installed to change their position to optimize lighting for your situation.

The film scanning module provides equal illumination of the slide. The module allows slides, reels, or cut film can be quickly scanned in succession.

Digitizing of shots with the help of our film scanning module is much quicker than scanning. The resolution of the photographs is higher than of those made by scanner with an optical resolution of 1200dpi.

In development of our device, we were aiming at simplify its construction as well as making it as reliable as possible and at the same time filling each detail with sense. We will include more information concerning the construction of the device in later updates.

Our project began when I got tired of headband and simple magnifiers while soldering printed-circuit boards and controlling their quality. I got the idea of creating a small platform I could use my table with to create an electronic magnifier. I managed to fulfill my dream in a few weeks and was very happy with the achieved result.

Details for the first embodiment of the device were made by milling sheet material.

After a while I realized that the device could be useful for other people. I shared the idea with my friends, many were interested and soon we formed a small team of so-called fellow-thinkers from different fields. At first we just developed the easy to use gadget to take good photos or video snapshots of small objects, using as a camera your smartphone or tablet. Then, at the request of a friend we added the film scanning module for quick digitization of 35mm film and slides.

When we started taking pictures for our advertising campaign, we realized that for good results in difficult conditions one shadow-less lamp wasn't enough. It was hard to take good shots of objects with sparkling areas, such as printed-circuit boards if lighting is located around the objective. We made our circular lamp removable and added additional lamps, to work as pinhole and linear light sources.

 This has greatly improved the pictures – providing more depth.

 Next we tackled perhaps the most difficult thing for a macro/micro photographer - jewelry. Formerly it was possible only in the studio. During these experiments we came to the conclusion that the use of additional filters brings the shots close to artistic studio ones.

 As a result, today, our device has overstepped the level of a simple gadget. In fact it is a home mini photo lab which can be packed into a box, put in your laptop bag and taken to the photo shoot with friends, to work or to the meeting with the customer...

Using the battery, you can shoot outside!

 This is our team.

 And this is WeiBang lighting co., LTD in Shenzhen, the place where our ZumBot will be produced.

Take note: in the price of our devices we have to include the price of die molds needed for the production. In addition, considerable sum makes up carriage. In case if the number of ordered units exceed 1,000 samples the die mold part in the price of the product will be reduced, and we will be able to optimize logistics. The savings we are intending to invest in improving the functionality of ZumBot:

  • $ 150,000 - the device will be modified so that it will work with inexpensive cameras having small objectives and weak zoom (Point and Shoot cameras).
  • $ 250,000 – a collection of light-filters for lightening lamps will be included in the standard set for $85

ZumBot has a large basic equipment set. Three lenses allow to regulate step by step additional magnification up to 8x. It also includes one circular and two linear light sources, power supply and two wire holders. You can adjust the level of lightening with the help of separate dimmer channel for each source of light. Besides LED lamps has a possibility of installing light filters which can change the shape and the colour of the light flux. (we'll give you directions how to make them).

In case you need more options, we have prepared advanced versions of our mini photo-lab . Among those options are battery module, film scanning module, which can be also used for studying translucent objects, magnifiers with high magnification and image quality, filter sets and even carrying bag.  

For those who already has appropriate lenses or macroobjective for their gadjets we have a special suggestion: the first 100 beckers can get our device without additional lense set but with a reduction.  

Anyone will be able to choose equipment set according to his own needs.

The production plan is designed for production a lot of 500 devices. If you study it carefully, it will become clear that quite a large part of the product cost makes up die molds and delivery to the buyer. We have worked hard trying to optimize these expenses, but as our device has relatively large weight and dimensions it is impossible to reduce these sums without risking the successful and timely completion of the project.

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Risks and challenges

Our second generation prototype is assembled and tested. It works completely as we planned to get it working. This prototype was used to prepare all those videos and photos you see here in this page, so everything you see here is exactly how it looks like and how it works. And it works great! But we are still working on design and functionality improvement.
So right now we are almost ready to start production, if we get enough of funding. If you would ask for certain improvements of ZumBot - we will be happy to make it better, more suiting for your wants and needs, but it can stretch the current timing. I hope you will accept it and appreciate our will to make ZumBot as good as we can, so that you will be totally happy with it.
One of our team member, Artur Makauskas, has been placing orders for sophisticated electronic equipment with Chinese manufacturers for 5 years. His experience gives us hope that we will meet the deadline both with production and sending of the goods.
We are taking full responsibility of delivering ZumBot to you, no matter what unexpected barriers we will have to face. We sincerely believe we can avoid unexpected problems or at least be fully prepared for them if they eventually occur.

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    EXCLUSIVE VERSION WITH WIDE RANGE OF FEATURES: PORTABLE VERSION with a high quality triplet magnifier for high magnification + light filters for side lamps. Excellent choice for those of you, who are going to use the device in their daily activities, perhaps even professional one! Exclusive version with wide range of functions.

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