Presenting IPEVO’s affordable and portable ”desktop magnifier” for the visually impaired — VZ-R!

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, VZ-R HDMI/USB Dual Mode 8MP Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, Uncategorized) by emily on 2018-01-22

Presenting IPEVO’s affordable and portable ”desktop magnifier” for the visually impaired — VZ-R!

Looking for not just an affordable but also portable desktop magnifier for your loved ones who have vision impairments and need help reading books, letters, notes, or even digital screens like tablet or cellphone? IPEVO has the solution — VZ-R — an 8 megapixel HDMI/USB dual mode document camera with a small footprint that can double up as a “desktop magnifier”. Here’s how it can be done:

Attaching VZ-R’s base

The first thing you’ll notice when you unbox VZ-R is that its base is not attached to its body. You’ll need to secure the base to the body by using the included screws and screwdriver. You can refer to this video for a step-by-step demonstration.

Attaching VZ-R’s base

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Hooking VZ-R to your TV via HDMI

After the base has been attached, you can then connect VZ-R to your TV using an HDMI cable (not included). Do note that as VZ-R needs to be powered on when it is being used in the HDMI mode, you’ll need to connect it to the powered USB port of your TV. You can use the included Micro-USB cable to do so. If your TV does not have a powered USB port, you can plug VZ-R into a wall outlet by using any of your phone or tablet 5V/1A USB power adapter. Or, you can simply plug it into a power bank.

Three ways to provide power for VZ-R

Three ways to provide power for VZ-R

Tips Tips

  • If your TV only comes with VGA ports, you can connect VZ-R to it by using an HDMI to VGA converter, such as the one from IPEVO. You can also use this method to connect VZ-R to any monitor display that only has VGA ports.

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Turning on VZ-R

Turn on VZ-R using the Power Switch placed on the bottom-most of VZ-R’s body. A live image from VZ-R should appear on your TV with the best resolution automatically selected. VZ-R is now ready to use.

Turning on VZ-R

Tips Tips

  • If the live image does not appear on your TV, do check that you have the correct video input source selected. Some TVs come with more than one HDMI port, and you’ll have to select the corresponding HDMI input for VZ-R. If you’re still not getting any live image, please try a different HDMI cable.

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Reading with VZ-R

Place your reading material under VZ-R. Find the best height, angle and orientation for capturing it by adjusting VZ-R’s swiveling head and multi-jointed stand. Next, choose a video filter that best suits your needs by pressing the Filter button on VZ-R. If you find the exposure to be too bright/dark, you can lower/increase it. Then, zoom into the particular section you’re interested to read by pressing the Zoom In button, and should you wish to refocus the live image, simply press the Focus button. That’s it! Now you have an affordable and portable “desktop magnifier”. And be amazed by the crystal clear text that appears on your TV as VZ-R features outstanding imaging performance with its 8MP Sony CMOS image sensor and Ambarella chip! What’s more, VZ-R comes with built-in LED light that gives you additional illumination when you need it.

Tips Tips

  • Use a TV or monitor with aspect ratio of 4:3 if you wish to capture A3 sized document (11.7”x16.5”). Or, press the Zoom Out button when the live image is unzoomed to unlock a 4:3 displaying mode for a TV or monitor with 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • Should the live image flickers continuously, please check the electrical frequency of your country (50/60Hz). Then, change VZ-R’s frequency to match it using the Frequency Switch placed at the back of VZ-R’s body.
  • Each of the buttons placed on VZ-R’s body has a unique set of tactile indicator that allows you to differentiate them easily with just a touch.

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Any questions or feedback about this setup? We’d love to know!

Handy tips for using VZ-R in HDMI mode

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, VZ-R HDMI/USB Dual Mode 8MP Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, Uncategorized, VZ-R) by emily on 2018-01-17

New to VZ-R and still trying to figure out ways of utilizing it in the HDMI mode? Now read on for three handy tips that we’ve gathered from the VZ-R experts at IPEVO!

Tip #1: Present A3 documents (11.7”x16.5”)

When VZ-R is connected to a TV or projector via HDMI, the output display would most likely be in the aspect ratio of 16:9. To present A3 documents, press the Zoom Out button when the live image is unzoomed, and congrats! You’ve successfully unlocked the 4:3 aspect ratio displaying mode for showing A3 documents. In this ratio mode, any A3 document will fit perfectly on your screen.

Tip #2: Use AutoFocus-Single (AF-S) for static subjects

By default, VZ-R’s focus is set to AutoFocus-Continuous (AF-C). This changes the focus continuously which keeps the live image clear when you’re showing moving subjects. However, you might find it unnecessary if you are only showing static subjects. Have the focus locked throughout your session by pressing and holding the Focus button to change it to AF-S mode.

Tip #3: Choose from a range of video filters

VZ-R comes with built-in video filters that make it friendlier for individuals with visual impairments or low vision. And we understand that different people have different needs, that’s why VZ-R features not only one but five video filters  —  Inverted Color, Yellow on Black, Black & White, Inverted Black & White, and Sepia. Simply choose one that best fits your needs by pressing the Filter button and cycling through them.

We have all of the aforementioned tips highlighted in the following video, do check it out.

Do you enjoy the tips? Having any feedback or suggestions for VZ-R? Let us know!

Available now! VZ-R HDMI/USB Dual Mode 8MP Document Camera

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, VZ-R HDMI/USB Dual Mode 8MP Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, Uncategorized, VZ-R) by emily on 2018-01-05

Introducing the latest addition to IPEVO’s family of document cameras – VZ-R HDMI/USB Dual Mode 8MP Document Camera! With VZ-R, you can stream live images directly to your TV or projector without the need for a computer via HDMI, and simply adjust the images by using the buttons conveniently placed on its body. You can also connect it to a computer via USB to take advantage of IPEVO’s free Visualizer software or other third-party software. Be surprised at what you see as VZ-R features an 8 megapixel Sony CMOS sensor and Ambarella chip that deliver incredible detail with fast focus, low noise and excellent color reproduction. A built-in LED light is also included for capturing material in dimly lit environments. And, not forgetting to mention VZ-R’s flexibility and durability – its small footprint, multi-jointed stand, swiveling head allow you to capture images from different heights, angles and orientations even in limited space, while its glass fiber reinforced stand gives you increased durability for daily use without adding extra weight. For a highlight of VZ-R’s features, do check out the following video:

Keeping Your Book Pages Opened with IPEVO PageStay!

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION) by tracy_ipevo on 2017-07-19

Have you always found it irritating and annoying with book pages not staying opened while you’re showing and teaching its contents using a document camera? Check out PageStay — a simple and sweet solution that we came up with to stop your book pages from flipping! With it, your hands are kept free so you can focus entirely on teaching and not getting interrupted by flipping pages. Here’s a short introductory video of PageStay:

PageStay is ready for use right out of the box — just open it, place your book under a document camera, turn to the page you wish to show, insert the flipped pages into PageStay’s clip and voila! The book pages will stay firmly opened throughout your lesson for large-screen projection. Oh, not forgetting to mention, PageStay works for both sides of your book too!

Keeping your hands free for teaching while using a document camera

PageStay works for both sides of your book

In addition, we’ve included three extra rubber bands in the package for you to replace the original when its elasticity has worn out. Replacing the rubber band is simply intuitive — there’s no complicated steps involved and it will probably only take you a few seconds.

Extra rubber bands are included for replacement

The best part? PageStay is absolutely free! We’ll be handing them out at EdTech conferences and Edcamps that we’re attending. So come visit our booth and get your PageStay!

Live Broadcasting with IPEVO Doc Cams and IPEVO Presenter

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Software and App, All Products) by tracy_ipevo on 2017-06-28

Introducing the latest feature of IPEVO Presenter — Live Broadcast! It’s one feature that we are really excited about as it allows users to broadcast Presenter’s live stream in real-time and share the broadcast with anyone you want. We’ve spent quite some time exploring the different possibilities of using this newly added feature, and now, we’d like to present you with a list of some of our favorite uses!

Bridging the learning distance

At the top of our list is using Presenter’s Live Broadcast with any IPEVO doc cam to bridge the distance of learning by bringing lessons to students who can’t be physically present! Be it demonstrating science experiments, modeling students’ work, walking students through music scores, teaching craftwork or others, you can bring your lessons live to any student without compromising on the details. Simply position your IPEVO doc cam, start your lesson, and broadcast it instantly!

Bring lessons to students who can’t be physically present

Live streaming projects

We’d also recommend using Presenter’s Live Broadcast to do live streaming projects as it is much more convenient and less complicated to set up than most conventional ways. You can set up a broadcast session and share the live stream in real-time within a few minutes by selecting a few settings within Presenter. So, set up an egg incubator, position your IPEVO doc cam, incubate the eggs and watch them hatch. Or, build an ant farm and observe their amazing tunnel building skills. You can even monitor the growth of baby owls in an owl house! Now start capturing and sharing natural wonders with IPEVO doc cams and Presenter’s Live Broadcast!

Monitoring the hatching process

Exploring the microscopic world

While you can use Presenter’s Live Broadcast with any IPEVO doc cam, there’s a very unique use that is only achievable if you’re having an IPEVO P2V doc cam — broadcasting and sharing the microscopic images of organisms! By attaching your P2V to a microscope’s eyepiece using the Microscope Adapter Set, you can pull stunning images right from the microscope, project and then share them to anyone through Presenter’s Live Broadcast. From plant cells to animal cells, and from fungi to bacteria, have fun exploring the microscopic world!

Explore the microscopic world

The list we’d mention above is by no means exhaustive, and if you’ve other wonderful or ingenious ways of using Presenter’s Live Broadcast, we welcome you to share it with us!

Easy Scanning with Ziggi-HD Plus

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2017-06-04

All of us here at IPEVO are excited to announce Auto-Crop, a new feature available now for IPEVO Presenter. Together with our Ziggi-HD Plus document camera, Auto-Crop makes scanning documents, receipts, business cards or anything else you’d like, easier and more convenient!
How does Auto-Crop work? Simply place the object you would like to scan on a contrasting surface and Presenter will automatically determine the scanning area. With the click of a button, the image’s perspective will be corrected, its dimensions cropped, and then saved for viewing. You can save the file as a JPEG image or a PDF!
The Ziggi-HD Plus is perfect for scanning images. Equipped with an 8 Megapixel camera, the Ziggi-HD Plus can produce images with astonishing high-definition clarity, which is ideal for archiving various types of documents.
Check out this video demonstration of Auto-Crop:

Scanning has never been easier with Presenter and Ziggi-HD Plus. Try it out today!

A Smart and Intuitive Way to Scanning — IPEVO Presenter’s Auto-Crop

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Software and App, All Products) by tracy_ipevo on 2017-05-09

Having piles of handouts, documents, photos, business cards or books that you need to digitize yet finding it highly inconvenient and time-consuming to do all the scanning? Not to worry, IPEVO is here to help. Presenting IPEVO Presenter’s Auto-Crop function — a smart and intuitive way to scan it all! With Auto-Crop, all it takes is just a click to auto-detect your document, straighten and auto-crop it, and then saving it as a jpg image. You can even export it as a PDF file for further archiving! See how easily it can be done.

So wait no longer and come try out IPEVO Presenter’s Auto-Crop. We bet you’ll love it. Happy scanning!

Explore photogrammetry and create 3D images with Ziggi-HD Plus

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2017-05-04

Wanting to create your own 3D images? Here’s great news for all! With high quality image inputs from IPEVO Ziggi-HD Plus and a little help from 3D reconstruction software such as VirtualSFM and CMVS, you can easily and conveniently create unique 3D images to your liking!
Check out how much fun we had while creating ours!

You can do it too~ Wait no longer and grab an IPEVO Ziggi-HD Plus to get yourself started!

Optimize Your Scanning Experience with IPEVO

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION) by tracy_ipevo on 2017-04-05

When it comes to scanning documents, the first scanning device that comes to your mind would most probably be a scanner. Or perhaps, a cellphone with a scanning app installed. However, as we all know, conventional scanners tend to be bulky and slow in speed, while scanning with a cellphone usually involves awkwardly holding it for larger documents. In light of these, IPEVO is super excited to roll out a new “Auto-Crop” function (for Presenter software) that aims at powering up your IPEVO doc cam as a scanner and helps optimize your whole scanning experience! Let’s take a look at how you can benefit from using IPEVO products!

Note: “Auto-Crop” is only available for OS X 10.10 and above, or Windows 7 and above.

Small footprint

Unlike conventional scanners, IPEVO range of doc cams — P2V, VZ-1 HD and Ziggi-HD Plus — are space saving and portable as they have relatively small footprint. You can place them on a table or an AV cart and still enjoy plenty of working space, or, when required, you can swapped them easily between rooms. They are ideal for settings where space is at a premium and when they need to be used in different rooms.

Versatile and fast speed

All IPEVO doc cams feature multi-jointed stand that allows you to easily position them at different height for scanning documents. They also feature detachable (P2V) or swiveling (VZ-1 HD and Ziggi-HD Plus) camera head that enables you to capture documents at different angles. In addition, you can safely place them on a stack of books for scanning larger documents and not worrying about them toppling as they come with weighted base. Also, as there are no “real scanning” involved — IPEVO doc cams take snapshots of your documents at a chosen resolution and then saving them as jpg or pdf files — the time taken is greatly reduced.

Ability to change document ratio

You may be wondering, what’s document ratio? To put it simply, document ratio is the width to height ratio of a document, and changing the ratio will scale, stretch or shrink the scanned image. The document ratio can be changed by selecting a particular ratio under Presenter’s “Auto-Crop”. From there, the resultant image of the scanned document would be converted to that ratio. For example, you can scan an A4 document to an image with US Letter ratio by choosing “US Letter”. And if you were to print out this resultant image, it will fit perfectly onto a letter-sized paper. Choose “Auto” if you are good with the original document ratio and just need a quick scan. Or, choose “Custom Ratio” if you need a ratio that is not listed in the drop-down menu.

Auto-cropping and straightening

After you’ve chosen your preferred document ratio, everything else is simply intuitive. Just place the document under the IPEVO doc cam (no worries about getting the right angle or perspective), press the “Auto-Crop” button, and voila! You’ve the document scanned in your desired ratio, auto-cropped and straightened up. That’s it, sweet and simple.

Easy management and quick sharing

Presenter also offers a variety of options for you to manage, archive or share your scanned images. Go into Presenter’s Review Mode and right click on an image to rotate, rename or add it to an album. You can also split a double-page scanned image into half and save the split images as a single PDF with the “Split Image” function. This comes in handy for archiving double-paged books, magazines and more. There’s also a “Share” function that allows you to share your scanned images instantly to your favorite social media platforms. Saving and syncing the images directly to Google Drive or Dropbox is also achievable by using the “Custom File Saving Settings” function. Saving, managing and sharing have never been so easy!

Aren’t you tempted to use a IPEVO doc cam for scanning after looking at the list of benefits we’ve put together? Wait no more and grab a IPEVO doc cam and install the updated version of Presenter to start enjoying an optimized scanning experience!

Turn IPEVO doc cams visually impaired friendly with “Video Filters” of Presenter

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Software and App, All Products) by tracy_ipevo on 2017-03-13

We understand that most visually impaired people have found limited use for a normal doc cam as it doesn’t cater to their needs. That’s why we’ve added “Video Filters” to our Presenter software which then turns our doc cams visually impaired friendly and increase their usability. Now, take advantage of these filters and make your lessons, presentations or demonstrations friendly and engaging for all!