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

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, APPLICATION, All Applications, All Products, 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 zooming 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, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, All Applications, All Products, 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.
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  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.

Using UDL, and How the IPEVO Doc Cams Can Help

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, Software and App, APPLICATION, P2V Educators, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2012-10-24

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UDL is a term which has enjoyed a renewed focus in educational circles recently, and we wanted to tell you how the IPEVO Document Cameras — Ziggi and the Point 2 View — can help educators achieve this promising approach to learning.

What is UDL? It stands for Universal Design for Learning. It’s a concept that takes up after the universal design movement in architecture. In the same way that buildings can be designed to accommodate the most diverse range of people — like an entrance ramp that could serve bike riders, moms with strollers, and those in wheelchairs — UDL is a framework which encourages curriculum to be designed for the most diverse range of students. UDL acknowledges that no two students learn in quite the same way. As such, “more is more” when it comes to curriculum. By multiplying your methods and your media, you will reach more students and achieve better results overall.

UDL has three major elements:

Representation — Presenting material in many different ways and through multiple media

Expression — Allowing students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways

Engagement — Making sure there are multiple ways to engage learners and instill that very important “love of learning”

And this is where IPEVO ed tech comes in. Ziggi and the Point 2 View give you the ability to present material in new ways. Just check out our Top 50 ways that educators can use document cameras and 50 MORE ways for ideas. That’s a mind-boggling range of ways to both present material and get your students excited about learning. When you multiply the opportunities for students to engage the material, you’re fostering a more universal (and thus more effective) learning environment.

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Finding the right mix of teaching methods that “click” with your students is part of the challenge, but it’s also part of the fun. Ziggi and the Point 2 View can help you improve your teaching according to all three UDL elements — Representation, Expression and Engagement. It brings material closer to students than ever before, and it opens up a new level of interactivity that can really make a difference in your class.

Remember: We DO accept school purchase orders, and we DO have volume discount rates on both Ziggi and the Point 2 View. Contact sales-america@ipevo.com for more information. Try one of our affordable document cameras in your class: you won’t be disappointed!