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.

Ziggi-HD Doc Cam — A Race Car Engineer’s Best Friend

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, Staff Picks, Ziggi) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-05-14

Azizi Tucker from California has a dream job: he designs and engineers race cars. But don’t be fooled: it takes endless hours of hard work to create custom-designed pieces of art on four wheels. Recently, Azizi shared the behind-the-scenes secrets of bringing one of his race cars to life. And it involves the Ziggi-HD Document Camera — another fine-tuned piece of art, if we do say so ourselves.

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Azizi often deals with one-of-a-kind models, leading to a real scavenger hunt of car parts from multiple manufacturers. The time and money involved in buying dozens of similar parts and seeing if they fit was an investment Azizi couldn’t afford to make. Instead, he used Ziggi-HD in a way we never anticipated.

Using Ziggi-HD’s high-def camera, swing-arm and swiveling head, Azizi captured every aspect of the potential part he needed. He then exported that image into Solidworks, a 3D design program. This allowed him to calculate, resize and create the piece — cheaply and quickly — with a 3D printer. After some trial and error installing these prototypes, he knew exactly what he needed, and he ordered the precise part from the manufacturer. Pretty cool, huh?

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But the fun doesn’t stop there. Azizi also needed a clutch alignment tool. This small tool is only needed once every couple of years, so it tends to get lost in the garage. Azizi could have ordered it, but he had a better idea. He used Ziggi-HD to capture the clutch —going so far as to use a mirror to ensure the camera was perfectly square to the tabletop. How’s that for ingenuity? He then 3D-printed the tool from the image.

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Last but not least, Ziggi-HD was used a bit like a microscope when it came time to solder two tubes for the chassis of the car. Such soldering needs to be very precise. By focusing in to the soldering “scar,” Azizi and his workers could ensure the work was up to their high standards.

What a ride. Azizi’s clever use of Ziggi-HD proves that doc cams are perfectly at home in the garage. So what do you say — care to take the Ziggi-HD Document Camera out for a spin?

How to Project Teaching Material without a Computer

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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, Staff Picks, Ziggi, Ziggi-HD) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-03-02

Need a way to project text and other content in the classroom or conference room without a computer? Here are three setups you can try that don’t require a computer.

1. Using Just a VGA/USB Document Camera

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What you’ll need:

Steps:

  1. Connect the VZ-1 HD to your VGA display device using a VGA cable.
  2. Plug in the power adapter for both VZ-1 HD and your VGA display device and turn them on.
  3. Use the Resolution Selector to find an optimal resolution if it did not automatically switched to one.

2. Using a Document Camera With an iPad and Apple TV

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What you’ll need:

Steps:

  1. Power on the WS-01 Wireless Station.
  2. Connect Ziggi-HD’s USB cable to the WS-01’s USB port. The WS-01 will power the camera.
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  3. Connect the HDMI to VGA Converter to Apple TV using the Converter’s built-in HDMI connector.IPEVO_How_to_Project_Teaching_Material_without_a_Computer_08
  4. Connect your VGA display device to the Converter with a VGA cable.
  5. Click on “Settings” on your iPad and browse your available WiFi networks. Select the network with the phrase “IPEVO WS-01” in it. Now your iPad is connected to WS-01.
  6. Access the App Store on your iPad. Search for and download the free “IPEVO Whiteboard” app.
  7. Power up the Apple TV and your display device. Apple TV will help you find and connect to a wireless network. Select the network labeled with IPEVO WS-01. Now Apple TV is communicating with the WS-01.
  8. If using iOS 6 or earlier for iPad: Double tap the Home button on your iPad to bring up the Multitasking Bar. Swipe to move to the left of the Multitasking Bar, tap the Airplay button, and select Apple TV in the pop-up menu. Turn on the Mirror switch to enable Mirror mode. Content on iPad will now appear on Apple TV’s display device.
  9. If using iOS 7 for iPad: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center. Tap the Airplay button. In the resulting screen, select your Apple TV and then turn the Mirroring switch on to enable Mirror mode. Content on iPad will now appear on Apple TV’s display device.
  10. Start IPEVO Whiteboard on your iPad. A live image from the document camera should now appear within Whiteboard, and thus on your monitor or projection screen.

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Real-time Annotation: With this setup, not only can you wirelessly stream live image capture from your document camera (like textbooks, handwriting, math equations, 3D objects, artwork, or anything else). You can also annotate the image capture using the simple drawing tools in Whiteboard. These annotations will appear on the monitor or television in real time, allowing you to place proper emphasis on your material with shapes, lines, text boxes and more.

3. Using an iPad and Apple TV

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What you’ll need:

Steps:

  1. Connect the HDMI to VGA Converter to Apple TV using the Converter’s built-in HDMI connector.
  2. Connect your VGA display device to the Converter with a VGA cable.IPEVO_How_to_Project_Teaching_Material_without_a_Computer_05
  3. Ensure iPad is connected to your existing WiFi network. Access the App Store on your iPad. Search for and download the free “IPEVO Whiteboard” app from the App Store.
  4. Power up the Apple TV and your display device. Apple TV will help you find and connect to a wireless network. Select the same existing WiFi network.
  5. If using iOS 6 or earlier for iPad: Double tap the Home button on your iPad to bring up the Multitasking Bar. Swipe to move to the left of the Multitasking Bar, tap the Airplay button, and select Apple TV in the pop-up menu. Turn on the Mirror switch to enable Mirror mode. Content on iPad will now appear on Apple TV’s display device.
  6. If using iOS 7 for iPad: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center. Tap the Airplay button. In the resulting screen, select Apple TV and then turn the Mirroring switch on to enable Mirror mode. Content on iPad will now appear on Apple TV’s display device.
  7. Start IPEVO Whiteboard on your iPad. Tap the Camera icon near the top of the screen. Whiteboard will display real-time video from iPad’s built-in camera, which will be mirrored to your display device.


Real-time Annotation:
Like the first setup, you can use Whiteboard’s drawing toolkit to annotate on top of whatever’s being captured by the iPad’s camera. In Whiteboard, you can also choose to create a blank (white) board to draw on. Whatever you draw or capture will be displayed in real time on your VGA display device, whether it’s a monitor or a big-screen projection.

10 Great Classroom Activities Using iPad & Doc Cams

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, WS-01, education) by ipevoblog on 2013-05-09

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What Can Your Class Do with the Wireless Station? There are numerous options for teachers looking to invigorate their curriculum and get their students (re)engaged and inspired. Let’s take a look at what’s possible when you pair a document camera with multiple iPads.

For the uninitiated, doc cams capture printed documents and 3D objects. What you do with that video is where it starts to get interesting. Sure, you can project the image onto a large screen for teaching sessions, but what happens when you stream it to multiple iPads at the same time? Memorable, effective, and just plain fun activities, that’s what!

Here are ideas for some K-12 subjects to get your mind turning with all the possibilities:
Math
1. Word Problems: Position a word problem under the doc cam, and stream it to groups of students. Each group discusses and collaborates on the best way to solve the word problem. Groups then share and compare their answers. You can write out the best solution for everyone to see when each group has had a chance to share.

World problems

2. Pattern Blocks: A fun yet educational exercise for younger kids involves pattern blocks and tangrams. Show patterns with the doc cam. Groups must complete the patterns correctly with their blocks.

English
3. Fictionary: Why not have some word game fun as a reward or just as a break in between regular lessons? One of the most fun is Fictionary, which you can play in groups. Find an obscure word in the dictionary and write it under the doc cam. The groups must come up with definitions for that word. Write down each “fake” definition along with the real definition. The groups then have to guess which definition fits the word. Points are scored both for correct answers and for how many times groups guess your fake definition. It’s a lot of fun!

4. Picture Books: For the younger crowd, reading picture books to the class can really be enhanced when another copy of the book is placed under the doc cam. Students can follow along on several iPads mounted throughout the class. Kids will love being able to follow along and see the artwork as you read.

Picture books

Science
5. Dissection: Frog dissection is one of those iconic science class events. You can share your dissection with the class so they get a better understanding of how to conduct their own dissection (or when there aren’t enough specimens to go around). The same is true for labs and demonstrations of all kinds. Keep in mind there are a lot of great video tutorial apps for experiments and dissections.

Dissection

6. Electrical Circuits: Give groups the tools they need to make simple electrical circuits. Provide instructions and diagrams with your doc cam, and then have each group create their own circuit — to light a light bulb, for one example — using batteries, wire, circuit boards and switches.
History
7. Geography: Share blank maps with groups using the doc cam. Students must fill out the maps (country names, capital cities, names of rivers and other natural features, etc.). Share and compare the answers at the end. You can add a little competition to the mix with a “Geography Bee”-style elimination.

8. Mystery Object: Bring in one or more actual objects from the past — an arrowhead, a uniform patch from World War II, a newspaper article about a famous event — and stream it to everyone’s iPad so they get an up-close view. Ask students to guess the object’s period, function, importance, and more. This is a great visual lead-in to a lesson.

Mystery object

Art
9. Share Your Technique: Three to five iPads, when properly distributed, is the perfect amount to give smaller classes a “front row” view of your own artspace when you share brush techniques, drawing methods, collage construction, etc. A close-up tablet view can sometimes be better than a single large projection screen, particularly for fine detail work. Now everybody can see what you’re doing without physically crowding around.

Share your technique

10. Camera Tour: For lessons in digital photography, take students through a detailed walkthrough of the actual camera itself and all of its buttons, menus and functions. Students can learn by doing and follow the video stream of your camera tutorial with their own cameras.

To pull this setup off, consider pairing the iPads with two inexpensive products from IPEVO: the Ziggi-HD USB Document Camera and the WS-01 Wireless Station.The setup’s pretty straightforward, and with just one WS-01, you can stream 2 or 3 iPads simultaneously at 1600 x 1200 resolution, or up to 5 iPads at 1024 x 768 resolution (which is still very good).

The possibilities are endless, so “get your hands dirty” and give it a shot. Chances are you’ll develop a unique activity that works for you and your class.

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Gather up (and do more) with IPEVO Wireless Station and iPad

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, PRODUCT, WS-01) by ipevoblog on 2013-04-17

Brainstorming Sudoku with the whole family

Spending time with children is always the best way to encourage them to read, write, or learn. Traditionally, this would be done by sitting next to them and share the material as well as intimacy (which is good), but thanks to iPad and all the wireless technology, doing the work together can be easily joined by many more!

For example, brainstorming Sudoku with the whole family by projecting the Sudoku grid on to TV using IPEVO WS-01 and USB document cam (Ziggi or P2V). The fun always gets multiplied when the crowd joins.

With the help of Apple TV Airplay, the image feed and Whiteboard changes can be projected onto the big screen

Check out the WS-01 page for more information on how to unlock the true potential of your document cam and iPad with the Wireless Station.