Creating a Technology-Rich Classroom on a Budget, Part 3


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, Wishpool, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-14

Our final entry in the back to school series features a device synonymous with IPEVO: the document camera. If you’re not familiar, IPEVO doc cams capture documents, artwork, 3D objects and devices with screens. Real-time video can then be shared and/or projected for the class. It’s an effective (and affordable) way to present teaching material.

Doc Cams under $100

Even when your budget is tight, you can still nab a great doc cam. The first option is Ziggi-HD at $94. Like all IPEVO doc cams, Ziggi-HD features a versatile swing-arm that allows you to place the camera at most any height and angle, quickly and easily. Ziggi-HD features a 5.0 Megapixel camera for amazing high-def images, and it can be positioned high enough to capture an entire sheet of paper. You get professional-level capture for a fraction of the price of conventional doc cams.

For just a taste of what Ziggi-HD can do, here’s educator Jessica Pilgreen from Wesclin High School in Trenton, Illinois:

I was so excited when my Ziggi arrived in the mail! I began using it right away. I even set up a document camera station in my classroom where I can project images from my iPad, share student work samples, demonstrate/guide students through activities, and take videos and photos. This week, I used the Ziggi to screencast lesson plans for my substitute teacher and my students absolutely loved being able to hear my voice as I went through the day’s assignments.”

A second option for you at this price range is the Point 2 View USB Doc Cam. At only $69, it’s an amazing value. This camera is 2.0 Megapixels which still delivers a nice, crisp image. It can even be taken off the stand and operated by hand for hard-to-reach places. The possibilities are endless, but here’s a fresh idea from Allison Teeter in Mooresville, North Carolina:

“I have loved my document camera! I have been using it to show my Teen Living students up close several sewing techniques and parts of the sewing machine!”

Mrs. Teeter uses the Point 2 View to capture her sewing techniques.

And here’s Jean Benassi from Roscoe, Illinois with some other cool uses:

“I love my IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera! I have used this inside my second grade classroom displaying documents, maps, books and other paper type images. I have also used it when we started our ant farm. This enabled the whole class to watch the ants building their tunnels. No one was complaining about not being able to see! I also used my camera the day our chicks begin to hatch.”

Science projects are a great fit for the Point 2 View.

Also keep in mind that the Point 2 View has a number of accessories to add even more utility. Examples include the Magnifying Lens and the Scan Kit, an integrated scanning station.

VZ-1 – The Dual-Mode Doc Cam

Finally, the VZ-1 Dual Mode Document Camera at $139 gives you the added ability to connect to a monitor or projector to share your material. No computer is required, though you can always elect to connect to a computer via USB.

Educator Zachary C. Kindt wrote up an excellent and thorough review of the VZ-1 on Amazon, so we’ll let him do most of the talking on this one:

“The direct to LCD projector capability is absolutely necessary! If your computer goes down for the day, no worries–your document camera is not connected through your computer. If you are looking for technology that is “disaster proof” in your lesson planning, this is about as sure of a thing as there is.”

And here’s more from Zachary:

“It makes for great instruction. Anything can go under–textbooks, novels, 3-D models, artwork. When a student asks a question about solving an equation, just grab their paper and put it under the camera for the whole class to see–everyone can be engaged in the discussion instead of just the two of you. […] Teaching students how to measure an angle on a chalkboard with a big clunky protractor: difficult. Grabbing the same paper your students have, and the same protractor your students have, and showing them EXACTLY what to do in real time on the big screen: effective and efficient.”

Questions on any products we’ve discussed? Head on over to the IPEVO How-To page for tips, videos, real stories and more. And of course, friendly IPEVO folks are always ready to help. Just email

The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to try new things, and we hope we’ve inspired you to try out a little tech to make your lessons faster, easier, more interactive, and more fun. Have a great year and remember: IPEVO is here to help teachers!

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How to Set Up Your Own Online Classroom in 3 Easy Steps


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT, Staff Picks) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-06-03

What is an online Classroom? At its heart, it’s a cooperation between teachers, schools and students. Online classrooms help educators and their classrooms connect with one another in a way that enriches learning for everyone – despite geographical distances, and despite traditional learning boundaries.


In three steps, you can set up your own online classroom quickly and easily.

What you’ll need:

1. Connect your Doc Cam to the computer
This includes the Point 2 View or Ziggi-HD USB Document Cameras. Both cameras are adept at capturing fine details (like text) and capturing people like a web camera. It’s simply plug-and-play; you won’t need a device driver.


2. Connect your X1-N6 Conference Station to the computer
This provides high-quality audio to get both sides talking and listening. The X1-N6 receives and transmits clear audio in 360 degrees, meaning teachers and students can be anywhere around the Station (up to 5 meters away) and still be heard. Like the doc cam, it’s plug-and-play and you won’t need a driver.


3. Tell Skype to Use Your Devices
Start up Skype and log in. You’ll first need to tell Skype to use your IPEVO devices for audio and video.


FOR MAC: Click on “Skype” in the top menu, and select “Preferences.” In the window that pops up, choose “Audio/Video.” For both Microphone and Speakers, make sure to select X1-N6 from the drop-down options. Near the bottom of the same page, make sure to choose the name of your IPEVO doc camera under “Camera.” You’ll see the real-time video capture from your camera


FOR PC: Click on “Tools” in the top menu, and select “Options.” In the window that pops up, choose “Audio Settings.” For both Microphone and Speakers, make sure to select X1-N6 from the drop-down options. Next, choose “Video Settings.” If you have a webcam connected, you may need to select your IPEVO doc camera by name. Otherwise, Skype often identifies and starts using your doc cam automatically. When correctly selected, you’ll see the real-time video capture from your camera.
Finally, hit Save to save your changes.



That’s it! Connect with teachers and students by placing a call to their Skype username. You’ll transmit high-res video and high-quality audio in real time. Whether it’s delivering a webinar, conducting a cross-cultural exchange between classrooms in different countries, or holding a meeting between colleagues, you have the tools (and may we say, the talent) to host your own online classroom with Skype. Class is in session!


IPEVO’s Back to School Special, Part 1


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, Ziggi-HD/Ziggi-HD Plus Document Cameras, VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera, Point 2 View (P2V) USB Document Camera, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2013-08-26

Back to School

Summer’s about over, and that means school’s ready to begin. If you’re a parent or a teacher, you probably have lots of items on your back-to-school list, and we’d like to remind you that IPEVO has a choice selection of highly useful, highly affordable tech products and accessories that will help start the year off right. Here are some of the highlights:

Save hundreds of dollars — literally
Before you buy that $600 document camera or $1000 interactive whiteboard on another website, check out our home page and see if you can accomplish most or all of the same things at just a fraction of the price. We know money can be tight this time of year, and IPEVO is all about stretching your dollar and making your school budget work harder.

New items, just in time for school!
We have three new products slated for September release that we’re excited to share. The IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System turns any screen or blank wall into an interactive whiteboard.


IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System

The VZ-1 HD VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera continues the IPEVO doc cam tradition of sharing documents quickly and easily, and comes with the ability to directly connect to your VGA projector.


VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera

And the Height Extension Stand for Ziggi-HD gives the Ziggi doc cam a height boost so you can capture larger documents easier than ever before. Please, check them out! We know you’ll find multiple uses for each of them in your classroom.

Height Extension Stand for Ziggi

Height Extension Stand for Ziggi USB Document Cam

Point 2 View is the king of back to school
One particularly hot seller continues to be our iconic Point 2 View USB Document Camera. There are literally hundreds of uses for this document camera in the classroom, and that’s not an exaggeration. Several accessories have been developed around the Point 2 View for even more versatility.

Point 2 View

Point 2 View USB Document Camera

This includes the Magnifying Lens as well as the Microscope Adapter Set, both of which are quite popular with science teachers.

P2V accessories

Part 2 of our Back to School Special is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned for even more.

How to Setup USB Doc Cam with Zoomtext 10


Filed Under (All Products, All Applications, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2013-02-15

Zoomtext is a great software which integrates multiple features for visually impaired population. With the new Zoomtext 10, you can now setup an USB web cam as an inexpensive CCTV alternative. Here is an example of how to setup an IPEVO Ziggi USB doc cam with Zoomtext.

Step 1 – Prepare a computer that meets the system requirement of both Zoomtext 10 and IPEVO Ziggi USB cam, and the material you wish to shoot.

Step 2 – Plug in IPEVO Ziggi into a free USB port. Wait till the prompt tells you the doc cam is installed and ready to use, then launch Zoomtext 10.

Step 3 – On Zoomtext, click “Tools” then select “Camera…” as shown in the picture.

Step 4 – Select “IPEVO Ziggi” using the drop down menu in the newly prompt window and click OK. (Note: IPEVO Ziggi may not appear if Zoomtext is launched BEFORE the cam is correctly installed. Close Zoomtext, install the camera, then launch Zoomtext again if this happens.)

Step 5 – Back to Zoomtext main window, again click “Tools”, then select “Launch Camera”. There are 5 options to launch the camera, feel free to choose one that suits you the best.

Step 6 – Place the reading material under IPEVO Ziggi.

Step 7 – A Zoomtext Camera bar will appear if camera is launched successfully. You can now adjust the live image using the icons on the tool bar to help improve reading experience.

Step 8 – If the preset rotation degrees does not satisfy your need, you can also rotate the swivel head of IPEVO Ziggi camera for more options.

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Zoom In with IPEVO Doc Cams and ZoomText


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, Software and App, All Products, APPLICATION) by ipevoblog on 2013-01-07

We recently heard from a customer named Pat who told us about her experience with the Ziggi USB Document Camera. Pat let us in on a new way to use Ziggi — as an aid for the visually impaired. It’s a nifty story that might help others, and we’d like to share it with you. Pat told us about a program called ZoomText which, when used with a webcam, allows significant zoom-in and other visual enhancements of images in order to display text or objects nice and big on the computer screen.

“I love this camera,” Pat wrote to us. “I am visually impaired and I use this to read documents, mail, notes, credit card numbers, etc. I also use it with Skype and ZoomText 10. It adjusts easily to almost any position you might need and the auto focus is fairly quick.” We had never heard of ZoomText before, so we did a little investigation and experimentation using both Ziggi and the Point 2 View doc cam. Pat is definitely on to something— both Ziggi and the Point 2 View work great with the ZoomText software.

Both of IPEVO’s cameras feature high-res image quality and a Macro mode to capture close-ups and fine details. On top of these features, ZoomText offers multiple high-contrast color schemes, an up to 36x digital zoom, and clarity controls to make the image even sharper. So, it appears ZoomText and IPEVO doc cams are a great match for visually-impaired individuals in need of accessibility features on their computer. Capture a document with Ziggi or the Point 2 View, then blow it up and make it even more readable with ZoomText. Sounds like a winning combination to us! We’ll let Pat sum up her feelings on the subject: “The resolution beats all other webcams I’ve seen. My husband bought several webcams recently and all were inferior to this product. Ziggi is a wonderful camera for a great price.”

We are really excited that Ziggi and the Point 2 View have the potential to make documents more accessible for the visually impaired. We invite you to check out ZoomText. And as always, feel free to share your own story about our document cameras by writing to Customer Service at

Here’s wishing you a great 2013!

Get Even Closer with the Point 2 View’s New Magnifying Lens


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, All Products, APPLICATION, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2012-06-04

If you’re an educator who has used the Point 2 View USB Document Camera, you know about the camera’s crystal-clear images, thanks to a 2-Megapixel CMOS sensor. And you might have taken advantage of the camera’s macro mode for capturing fine details and text from as close as 2 inches (5 cm) away. Now with the Magnifying Lens — P2V’s newest accessory — you can bring your teaching materials even closer to your students.

The Magnifying Lens is designed to fit snugly right over the front of the Point 2 View camera body — no clips or bolts or anything like that — and taking the lens off is just as easy. All you need to do after that is flip a switch to turn on the Lens’ built-in LED light to illuminate your subject. Then, lay the P2V and Magnifying Lens directly onto your subject. The Lens provides 2x magnification to make tiny details large and clear for projection and for sharing with the whole class. If you thought the Point 2 View alone could capture some stunning images, wait until you use the Magnifying Lens.

What type of things can the Magnifying Lens be used for in the classroom? Science stuff like leaves, wood grain, fabric, metals or electronic parts. Math stuff like diagrams and measuring instruments. Fine details from reproduced or original artwork. Money. Maps. A chart or timeline from the history textbook. And that’s just scratching the surface. As with all of our products, I’m sure we’ll get new ideas from customers about other great uses for the Magnifying Lens (send us a message at if you have an idea to share!).

Please visit the Magnifying Lens page if you’d like more information and more pictures. And consider purchasing the Magnifying Lens for your classroom or school. We’re sure it will prove its value by offering new and better perspectives for your students.

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A World of Difference for Students – The Point 2 View in Art Class


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, IPEVO, Staff Picks) by ipevoblog on 2012-03-19

Recently we had the pleasure of checking in with Tricia Fuglestad, a K-5 Visual Art Teacher in Arlington Heights, IL. She’s the current recipient of the NAEA 2012 Illinois Art Teacher of the Year. And she had plenty to teach us about using IPEVO’s Point 2 View USB Document Camera in her art class.

Tricia originally became interested in the Point 2 View after attending an education tech conference in her area. Many educators were praising the Point 2 View for its high quality and low price, and she decided to try it out.

Thus far, Tricia has developed 6 ways to use the Point 2 View in art class. We’ll let Tricia tell you more in her own words:

  1. Animation: “The Point 2 View was a perfect tool for explaining and demonstrating the stop motion animation process to my students. Just move an object, click the snapshot button to take a still image, and move the object again.”
  2. Augmented Reality: “We printed out an Augmented Reality marker in order to view a 3-D model of the Parthenon on the projection screen during our study of Greek art. Students could hold the marker at a comfortable level to view the model from all angles.”Augmented Reality
  3. iPads and iPods: “I connect the Point 2 View to the computer and project these devices for demos. This use is perfect for the Point 2 View.”
  4. Photo Booth: “Apple’s Photo Booth allows the Point 2 View to record video. I can aim the Point 2 View at my students who are too small to reach the desktop camera or who can’t position themselves because of a disability. We recorded students’ lips for artwork we created.” (At the top of the page is their amazing video presentation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax using this method!)
  5. Sharing sketches: “The Point 2 View gives my students a way to share their sketches or writings with the class quickly. It’s perfect for playing guessing games or sharing with the class to see if artwork has communicated ideas clearly.”
  6. Fine Art Techniques: “The Point 2 View is great for demonstrating small detailed techniques. Instead of calling all the students out of their seats to stand over me as I demonstrate, I use the camera to make art along with them.” (See picture below for the setup Tricia used to demonstrate in real time how to create the illusion of a curved 3D apple.)P2V Apple Setup

Tricia sums up the Point 2 View this way: “The Point 2 View has amazing clarity and great weight balance, and I like that it uses USB as opposed to other document cameras that use VGA, which requires more fiddling with the projector. $69 is a very affordable price for a teaching tool that can make a world of difference for students.”

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and your images, Tricia, we really appreciate it. Please check out Tricia’s school website for even more great artwork. And for any readers interested in learning more, head on over to our Point 2 View page for more info and ideas.

The Lamb Cam – North Country School and Camp Treetops


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, IPEVO, P2V Educators, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2011-04-21

We know the Point 2 View USB Document Camera is versatile, but some stories from our customers still make us say, “Wow!” This is the case with Joel, the technology director at North Country School and Camp Treetops in Lake Placid, New York.

North Country School and Camp Treetops

The school (grades 4-9 boarding and day) and overnight summer camp (ages 7-14) have shared 200 beautiful acres, complete with working farm, since 1938. Students learn a traditional curriculum with hands-on projects and live in family-style housing. Children all year long participate in daily work jobs, a plethora of wilderness activities and extensive arts offerings. In springtime, lambs are born on site-yes, this really is a working farm! Joel had the idea to share this amazing event with alumni, parents, and the world through live image streaming on UStream. He conducted a thorough search, even buying a couple of $300 doc cams, before finally choosing IPEVO’s Point 2 View Camera, which became the school’s official “Lamb Cam” (love the name).

Joel shared his experience with other doc cams and his first impressions of the Point 2 View: “We started off with doc cams five or six times the price of the Point 2 View. These doc cams could work without a computer, but they were bulky and had nowhere near the versatility of the Point 2 View. IPEVO’s camera is much smaller and lighter than a conventional doc cam, so it was perfect to mount in the barn. Plus, it works effortlessly with Macs, which we use almost exclusively. At the price, I could give one to every one of our teachers and not put a dent in the budget.”

North Country School and Camp Treetops

Joel and Mike, the farm manager, mounted the camera vertically for maximum maneuverability, drilling through the Point 2 View’s base and attaching it to a beam in the barn. Our customers’ ingenuity never ceases to amaze us. Joel described how the Point 2 View passed a tough test with flying colors:

“We asked a lot from the Point 2 View: mounted in only a semi-heated area, capturing lambs from 30 feet away, and sending its signal through three six-foot USB extension cables. It performed great, and the image quality through the live stream is quite good. Other document cams wouldn’t have the depth of field capability of the Point 2 View, and web cams wouldn’t be able to achieve the kind of image quality we needed. I’ve used the Point 2 View for documents, 3D objects, and now as a Lamb Cam, and it’s just an easy, quality device to use.”

Joel added one more thing to emphasize that the Point 2 View can perform a variety of functions: “The farm manager lives in a building not far from the barn, and he has used the Point 2 View as a surveillance camera to help keep an eye on the farm animals.”

Whew, that’s one busy camera! Many thanks to Joel and North Country School and Camp Treetops for sharing their story. Visit their web site, and also consider checking out the Lamb Cam.

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Point 2 View Super Tips: Prepping for Projection


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, P2V, P2V Tips) by ipevoblog on 2011-01-24

This Super Tips entry is designed as a general guide to help you get the image from your Point 2 View USB Document Camera onto the projection screen. Unfortunately, given the huge amount of projector models, not to mention possible audiovisual configurations in your classroom or conference room, we’ll have to stay on a general level. Hopefully this guide will give you a good feel for what’s involved, and if you can’t quite get it working, you may need to tap your IT department or resident techie person for additional advice.

At its most basic, projecting onto a large screen takes three devices: computer or laptop (PC or Mac), the Point 2 View camera, and a projector. You can see the setup in the diagram below. The Point 2 View plugs into your computer via USB, and the computer plugs into your projector. There are a variety of hookups possible between the projector and the computer – VGA, HDMI, DVI, USB – so if you’re supplying your own laptop into this equation, check with your IT department to make sure you have a compatible connection.

Prepping P2V for projection

There may be a permanently installed computer or control console in your space that controls the room’s AV devices, like the ceiling-mounted projector, DVD player, etc. Or, you may be the one supplying the laptop to act as the interface between the projector and Point 2 View.

In any case, you’ll need to install the Point 2 View software onto the computer prior to projection. Just slip the CD into the drive and follow the directions. After a successful installation, plug the Point 2 View Camera into the computer via USB, and start up the software. Once you’ve got a real-time image on your computer screen, it’s time to tackle getting it to the projector.

Setting the video output to the projector is probably the trickiest part of your journey. If you’re using a dedicated computer console, it may be as easy as selecting “Projector” or “Auxiliary” on the AV interface of the console. But if you brought your own laptop, the steps to output to external video are largely dependent on operating system as well as model of laptop. These settings are similar to what you would need to output to a separate monitor. There could be a special function key on your keyboard that toggles the video output, or you may need to go through a few menus. Let’s quickly step through the basic operations needed for each major operating system:

Mac OS – setting up simultaneous displays is called mirroring. Plug in the external monitor, and open “System Preferences.” Then click “Display.” Set both displays to the same resolution. You can then click the “Arrangement” tab to click mirroring mode on or off. On MacBooks and some other Macs, mirroring mode can be toggled simply with the F7 key.


Windows XP – many laptops and computers with Windows XP support multiple monitors with a feature called Dualview. Right-click the desktop, and click “Properties.” In the dialog box, click the “Settings” tab. Click the “Display” list, and you should see the Projector model listed as an alternate display option. Select the projector, then click the option to “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor.” Your desktop should now appear on the projector screen.


Windows Vista – Windows Vista will often automatically detect the projector and default into mirroring mode, which mirrors the desktop. But if Windows can’t identify the monitor, you can use Windows Mobility Center (available on mobile PCs) to connect the display. Click the “Start” button, click “Control Panel,” click “Mobile PC,” and then click “Windows Mobility Center.” On the “External Display” tile, you can click “Connect display.” There will be a “New Display Detected” dialog box. Since the default is mirroring mode, which you want, simply press “OK” to connect the display.


Windows 7 – Windows 7 makes things a little easier than its predecessors, generally speaking. Windows 7 will pop up a display dialog box when you plug in the projector, with the title “Change the appearance of your displays.” The second set of options from the bottom is called “Multiple displays,” and you can select “Duplicate these displays” to make the projector show your desktop.


NOTE: For many PCs with Windows operating systems, the FN+F5 keyboard shortcut is the way to toggle display modes. However, it can vary by manufacturer, and you may need to consult your user manual or manufacturer’s website for more information.

Once you’ve a) got the Point 2 View up and running and capturing an image, and b) the computer outputting to the projector (which is, in turn, projecting onto the screen), you’re almost there. You want to do two final things. First, set the optimal resolution of the Point 2 View. Generally, you’ll want to set it as high as the projector can handle; the Point 2 View’s highest resolution is 1600 x 1200. If you don’t know the maximum resolution your projector can handle, do some trial and error to see what looks best, which is easy enough. In the upper right-hand corner of the Point 2 View interface, you can change resolution through a simple pull-down menu.

The last step is to make your image full-screen, so your image is nice and large on the projection screen. This is easy, too, using the Point 2 View interface. On the left-hand side of the interface, there are three tabs that stick out. The bottom one reads “full screen.” Hit that tab to fill up the entire screen with the captured video. You can hit escape to exit full screen mode when you need to.

You’ve done it! You can now share your Point 2 View’s subject with the entire room on the big screen.

For your convenience, we’re going to repeat these steps in list form. The first list is for rooms that have their own dedicated console. The second list is for when you’re bringing a separate computer or laptop to the room.

Dedicated Console

  1. Power on the projector
  2. Power on the computer/control console
  3. Install the Point 2 View software from the included CD
  4. Plug in the Point 2 View via an available USB port
  5. Start the Point 2 View software. You should be getting the real-time capture on your computer screen
  6. Set the console to output to the projector, if it’s not already
  7. Set the optimal resolution of the Point 2 View. Resolution is located in the upper right-hand corner of the Point 2 View interface
  8. Go to full screen mode by clicking the bottom tab on the left-hand side of the Point 2 View interface

Separate Laptop

  1. Power on the projector
  2. Turn on your laptop
  3. Install the Point 2 View software from the included CD
  4. Plug in the Point 2 View via an available USB port
  5. Start the Point 2 View software. You should be getting the real-time capture on your computer screen
  6. Plug the projector cable into your laptop. This could be VGA, HDMI, or USB, depending on the projector and your laptop. Your IT department should be supplying this connection to the ceiling-mounted projector
  7. Configure your laptop to output to the external video source (that is to say, the projector). Consult your user’s manual
  8. Set the optimal resolution of the Point 2 View. Resolution is located in the upper right-hand corner of the Point 2 View interface
  9. Go to full screen mode by clicking the bottom tab on the left-hand side of the Point 2 View interface

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Where No Doc Cam Has Gone Before – The Point 2 View and Lutherie


Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, APPLICATION, All Applications, IPEVO, P2V Others, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2011-01-14

Where No Doc Cam Has Gone Before

What’s a luthier? I didn’t know until we chatted with luthier (and satisfied IPEVO customer) Wesley Brandt! A luthier is a maker or repairer of stringed instruments, such as guitars. Wesley uses hand tools, traditional techniques, and fine woods to craft guitars, viols, and mandolins. Please check out his website,, for a window into this very interesting world.

Anyhow, Wesley has been using the Point 2 View USB Document Camera in a truly creative way we never could have expected. Often, the nature of Wesley’s repair work requires him to do intricate work inside the instrument itself. Luthiers usually employ mirrors—much like the mirror wand a dentist uses—to see their work inside the instrument. However, sometimes Wesley has to put his entire hand (if not arm!) inside the sound-hole of the guitar, and the mirror is just not able to be used. In these cases, the Point 2 View has been hired for the job.

Wesley explained how he is able to utilize the Point 2 View to help in these extremely tight spaces: “To position the camera, I use the laptop clip and mount a rare earth disc magnet on it, and then slip it inside the sound-hole. I then use another magnet outside the guitar (both protected with adhesive felt so they don’t damage the guitar). This setup holds the camera securely while also allowing me to aim it.”

Wesley supplied a picture of his handiwork taken with the Point 2 View, below. This picture shows the bottom inside of a guitar. As you can see, Wesley had to glue a piece of cloth over a damaged area he repaired in order to reinforce it. The slim, compact camera body was a perfect size to insert into the sound-hole to allow Wesley to view the area while working. And the included universal laptop clip also came in handy, which Wesley further innovated with strong magnets.

Taken by Wesley Brandt with Point 2 View

Taken by Wesley Brandt with Point 2 View

There is even more that Wesley has planned for the Point 2 View. He intends to mount a small mirror on the camera body so that he can view angles of up to 90 degrees.

“I never could have done as clean of work as I did without the Point 2 View camera,” added Wesley. “The Point 2 View’s macro mode allowed me to focus on extremely fine details within the guitar body. I think this method will be of great interest to my fellow luthiers.”

Thanks very much, Wesley. This is another great idea for the Point 2 View that was developed by one of our enterprising customers.

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