IPEVO’s RMA Journey Part One: Leveling the Education Playing Field for Rural Schools in Taiwan

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, PRODUCT, Point 2 View USB Camera, education) by emilyhuang on 2019-04-16

Have you ever wondered what happened to those RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) products that were returned to their manufacturers? More often than not they will be refurbished and resold if they are still in good working condition. Otherwise, they will be sent straight to the recycling bin. This is how we usually deal with our returned document cameras too, however, we feel strongly that we ought to do something more meaningful. So with this in mind, our Taiwan office piloted an RMA giveaway program last November.

The giveaway program is only opened to rural schools in Taiwan, and for those eligible schools that had their applications approved, we’d send them free refurbished document cameras. By doing so, we hope their education playing field could be leveled as they gained free access to educational tools that are normally beyond their reach due to the lack of fundings.

So, instead of sending these returned document cameras down the usual path, we took them on a whole new journey. Come check it out!

1. Testing and sorting

To begin, our RMA team started out by pooling the returned document cameras (from different countries) to our centralized warehouse in Taiwan.

Pooled returned document cameras stacked up in our warehouse.

Pooled returned document cameras stacked up in our warehouse.

They were then passed on to the QC (Quality Control) team for testing and sorting. A rigorous and stringent testing process had been put in place for the inspection so as to ensure that they met the same functional standards as new IPEVO products. And those returned document cameras that passed this test were then certified as refurbished.

Checking the focal distance of a returned Ziggi-HD Plus document camera.

Checking the focal distance of a returned Ziggi-HD Plus document camera.

Making sure the buttons on Ziggi-HD Plus work as normal.

Making sure the buttons on Ziggi-HD Plus work as normal.

Positioning a returned P2V document camera for an image clarity test.

Positioning a returned P2V document camera for an image clarity test.

Checking out the image clarity of P2V.

Checking out the image clarity of P2V.

Next, the refurbished document cameras are passed on to the logistics team for repackaging.

2. Repackaging

Upon receiving the refurbished document cameras, the first thing the logistics team did was entering their serial numbers to our system for record-keeping.

Entering the serial number of a refurbished Ziggi-HD Plus to our system.

Entering the serial number of a refurbished Ziggi-HD Plus to our system.

After that, the team attached a simple note, expressing our wishes and hopes that this simple gesture from us would help level their education playing field in one way or the other, on each box of the refurbished document cameras.

A simple note was attached on each box.

A simple note was attached on each box.

And before the refurbished document cameras were ready to be sent out, the team had to tie up a few loose ends. They had to make sure that each refurbished document camera was packed into an IPEVO postal bag with a correct shipping label pasted on it.

3. Dispatching

While packing the refurbished document cameras into bags and sticking the correct shipping labels on them might sound simple and straightforward, things started to get complicated when the quantity was in hundreds.

Hundreds and hundreds of refurbished document cameras waiting to be packed.

Hundreds and hundreds of refurbished document cameras waiting to be packed.

Packing them into postal bags and sticking shipping labels.

Packing them into postal bags and sticking shipping labels.

But thanks to the meticulous members and collective effort of the logistics team, everything was ready in just a few days.

Hooray! It’s all done!

Hooray! It’s all done!

And finally, they were all heading to the rural schools!

On their way to the rural schools.

On their way to the rural schools.

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In the next blog of IPEVO’s RMA Journey, we’re going to follow the refurbished document cameras on their journey into their “new found life”. So stay tuned to know more.

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!

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!

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!

Save time & effort when digitalizing materials with “Split Image”

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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 2017-02-14

Using IPEVO doc cams for digitalizing/archiving books or other materials? IPEVO Presenter now includes a newly added “Split Image” feature that makes the process much more time and effort saving! With this new feature, you can split 2-pages-in-1 images into two pages respectively and then save all of them into a neat, single PDF file all at once! So, watch this video and start digitalizing now.

Adding an Interactive Element to Your Lessons with IPEVO

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2017-01-12

2017 has just begun, and if you’re a teacher who is looking to add an interactive element to your lessons, this is the right place to start! Regardless of your budget, IPEVO has the right solution for you with our range of simple, powerful yet affordable classroom tech products.

IPEVO Notebook

First up is the latest offering from IPEVO — the IPEVO Notebook. At 5.83″ by 8.27″ (A5-sized), this notebook may seem pretty ordinary at first glance, but hey, “never judge a book by its cover”! Though small in size, we’ve managed to pack some impressive features into it.
Weighing 148 gsm and standing at 100 Ib, the PEFC certified paper we’ve chosen for this notebook is bleed-through and feathering resistant. It’s also been tested to perform flawlessly with a wide variety of different pen and ink combinations making it great for writing, note-taking, journaling, drawing, sketchnoting and more! And with its premium smyth-sewn binding, you can lay it flat completely for working on both sides of the pages. Take it a step further by pairing it with one of our doc cams and you’ll be able to instantly capture, share or present the contents of your notebook. It’s definitely a great and reliable way to create a two-way interactive learning process where you could share your notes/thoughts with your students, and having them share their notes/thoughts with you (and the rest of the class).

Capture, share or present your notes/thoughts with the class using IPEVO Notebook and IPEVO doc cam

IPEVO Document Cameras

As teachers (and students) all know, document cameras have been proven in one way or another to be a valuable asset to the classroom as they improve students’ learning by making the learning process interactive and engaging. At IPEVO, we offer a range of highly useful and highly affordable document cameras to help you start the learning process off right. Here are some of the highlights:

The hotcake — Ziggi-HD Plus

With its powerful 8 megapixels camera and versatility to capture fine details of your material, high performance under low lighting conditions, high frame rate, faster focusing time, and a price under $100, it’s no wonder that our Ziggi-HD Plus is flying off the shelves like hotcakes!

Wireless freedom — iZiggi-HD

Enjoy wireless freedom like you never had before with our iZiggi-HD. It can connect wirelessly to an iPad, Android Tablet, and even Apple TV to stream your material. And with its wireless capability, you’ll be able to bring the iZiggi-HD (and teaching material) directly to your students for a new level of interactive learning and collaboration.

Dual mode, double flexibility — VZ-1 HD

Our VGA/USB dual mode VZ-1 HD provides two connection options –a VGA connection to stream directly to your projector, or a USB connection to a computer. In either case, you’ll enjoy high-quality capture for your material. This flexibility definitely helps when you don’t have a computer on hand.

Best for the wallet — Point 2 View (P2V)

P2V doc cam is our most affordable doc cam. At just $69, this tiny, ultra-portable doc cam is a huge beast — 2 megapixels camera, excellent macro mode, three points of articulation and so forth — which makes it a perfect mobile solution for teaching, presentations, distance learning, and video communication of all types, all without burning a hole in your pocket.

Enjoy wireless freedom with our iZiggi-HD wireless doc cam

Exclusive deals

We understand that school budgets can get tight at times, therefore, we’re prepared to offer deals that help stretch your dollar. Look out for this exclusive deal on Amazon that features our P2V doc cam and IPEVO Notebook as a bundle. You’ll receive our extremely popular P2V doc cam and a pack of our IPEVO Notebook all at a price of $69. Plus, free standard shipping is provided! In addition, we’ve also prepared a IPEVO Notebook Giveaway. Just enter and stand a chance to win a pack of IPEVO notebook for free. So do catch the deals while they’re still available and charm your students with the beauty and interactivity of IPEVO products. What a way to begin 2017!

Enjoy this exclusive P2V doc cam and IPEVO Notebook deal on Amazon for $69

Turn your IPEVO doc cam into a TWAIN-compatible scanner with IPEVO Presenter (for Windows)

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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 2016-12-18

Wonder what’s TWAIN and what does it mean to have it included in IPEVO Presenter software (for Windows)? For those who are not familiar with “TWAIN”, it’s the universal interface standard for scanners, and with it included in Presenter, you can instantly turn any IPEVO doc cams connected to your computer into a TWAIN-compatible scanner. Meaning you can plug in your doc cam, launch Presenter, open any TWAIN-based OCR software of your choice, and start scanning just as you would with a conventional scanner! Check the following video to learn more!

Capitalize on the wireless freedom of IPEVO’s iZiggi-HD even further with IPEVO Presenter for Apple TV

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by tracy_ipevo on 2016-11-30

Capitalize on the wireless freedom of IPEVO’s iZiggi-HD even further by pairing it with a 4th generation Apple TV and the Presenter app for Apple TV. With this setup, you can skip the need for any tablet or computer and connect iZiggi-HD directly to an Apple TV via Wi-Fi for large-screen projection of live images. Zoom, pan, resolution and mirroring effect are also customizable. So watch the video, learn how to set it up, and start presenting in a whole new way.