Worth Its Weight in Gold – Perch S at the Jewelry Store

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Filed Under (iPad in Business, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2012-01-29

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Continuing our survey of worthwhile uses for the Perch, this entry takes a peek inside a popular year-round destination: the jewelry store. Jewelers, gemologists, and gemstone merchants have a fascinating and complex product, to the point that the finer points of their merchandise are sometimes a challenge to properly communicate to customers. How do you best inform customers on the ins and outs of choosing the jewelry piece that’s right for them? Our answer is Perch S.

Perch S is the smallest member of our Perch family of iPad and iPad 2 stands, and it’s the perfect size for tabletops and countertops. That would include the jewelry countertop, where an iPad can function as a prominent interactive kiosk right alongside the merchandise.

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As an impressive, interactive, and multimedia companion piece to traditional hands-on service, the iPad/iPad 2 and Perch S could really help deliver what jewelry store customers need to make an informed decision on their important purchase.

Here’s just a few ideas we had for what Perch S and the iPad could visually present to customers, either through website content, interactive apps, videos, or slideshows:

  • Diamond certification — what’s the difference between GIA, IGI, HRD, and EGL? Why is a certificate important? Scan an actual certificate to show customers what exactly to look for.
  • Clarity, color, carat, cut — how can customers best understand and choose between the 4 C’s of diamond evaluation? Customers could be exposed to images of different diamond cuts or a graph indicating the range of clarities, for just two examples.
  • Gemstones — beyond diamonds, what other gemstones are available? How would gemstones look paired with other gemstones?
  • Jewelry pieces — give customers an idea of what jewelry pieces work best with what gemstones through an interactive app or slideshow. How would the same diamond look in a necklace versus a bracelet, et cetera?
  • Inventory — a natural use for the Perch S and iPad is as an interactive inventory where customers can browse your full range of products, view close-ups of jewelry, and consider specifications and price.
  • Additional services — do you offer ring re-sizing? Custom engraving? Pearl restringing? Timepiece repair? Tell your customers about it with an iPad kiosk.What other uses can you think of for the Perch S iPad/iPad 2 Stand ? Let us know!

Have any other ideas to share? We’d love to hear from you.

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Three Sizes Fit All – Perch iPad Stands and Fashion Boutiques

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Filed Under (iPad in Business, APPLICATION, All Applications, IPEVO, Perch) by ipevoblog on 2012-01-20

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No doubt you’re back into the swing of things after the holidays. Inspired by the retail therapy we did ourselves during the holidays — and some of the malls and boutique stores we visited — we have a great idea to share that caught our attention.

Clothing stores, iPads and IPEVO’s Perch family of stands.

Sound far-fetched? We don’t think so, especially for retailers and shop owners (particularly high-end boutique owners) looking to gain an edge over the competition and add a whole lot of “wow” to their visitors’ experience.

If you’re not familiar with Perch, Perch comes in three sizesS for tabletops, M for seated users, and L for standing users. It securely and easily holds either iPad or iPad 2 (depending on which version you select) so users can enjoy hands-free operation at the perfect height.

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Clothing and accessories are one type of product that could really benefit from increased customer knowledge and awareness. With Perch and the iPad, you have a fully interactive information center and kiosk — as customers step into the store, at the checkout desk, outside the fitting room, or while shopping among racks or displays. What value can you add to the shopping experience with iPad and Perch? We asked ourselves that same question, and here are just a few possibilities we came up with for what customers could do:

  • Interact with a presentation/app giving them a “crash course” in determining their body type and what kinds of clothing look best on them in general
  • Get exposed to style tips, including tips to accessorize based on what accessories are available in-store
  • Take a look at the specifications, fabric type, or other distinguishing qualities of clothing and accessories they’re considering, along with price
  • Watch interviews with designers or style consultants, runway footage, or other multimedia
    content that could help them make a selection
  • Discover clothing and color combinations that would work well together via an image gallery or slideshow, or via an interactive mix-and-match style app.
  • Become aware of specials, discounts, new arrivals, and other in-store promotions

And one final thought: Perch’s thin profile and light weight make it a versatile, portable addition that won’t get in the way of the real star of the show: the clothing!

Have any other ideas to share? We’d love to hear from you.

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Using Picasa to Record Video with the Point 2 View USB Document Camera

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Business, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2011-01-10

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We’re often asked about using the Point 2 View USB Document Camera to not only capture images in real-time, but to record video. Note that the Point 2 View does not have its own ability to capture video. However, there are many third-party programs available—many at no cost—that make it easy to record video from images captured with the Point 2 View.

Perhaps one of the easiest and most popular programs for recording video—and the subject of this tutorial—is Google’s Picasa. Picasa is an application that organizes your digital photos, and it also happens to have a very handy way to record video from a camera such as the Point 2 View.

Picasa is available for both PC and Mac. Please note, however, that the camera capture function is presently only available for PC, and so this tutorial is geared toward PC users. We are working on a tutorial for Mac users.

Here are the steps involved in going from capturing an image with the Point 2 View to having a video file (in the form of .wmv) that you can share, post to YouTube, and more.

  1. If you haven’t already, download the latest version of Picasa for free at picasa.google.com.
  2. In the upper-left of Picasa’s main screen, there is a button with a web camera icon (See Figure 1). Note that if you do not have the Point 2 View plugged in and active, this button will be grayed out. Plug in the Point 2 View, and click on this button to start the video capture mode.Figure 1
  3. A capture screen will appear. “IPEVO Point 2 View” should appear in the upper left-hand corner of this window, and the window will display what the Point 2 View is seeing.
  4. Click on “Settings” (See Figure 2 and Figure 3), where you can adjust the resolution of the video. The higher the resolution, the larger the final video file will be, so use your best judgement to strike the right balance between image quality and file size.Figure 2/Figure 3
  5. Once you’ve chosen your resolution and have your subject on camera, click on the “Record” button to record (See Figure 4).Figure 4
  6. The Record button will change to a Stop button once you’re recording. Simply click the button again to stop recording. To the left of the button (See Figure 5), you’ll see the duration of your video, and to the right, you’ll see how large the file is currently.Figure 5
  7. After you stop recording, you’ll be taken to another screen, where your new captured video will play. Picasa will automatically create a video (in .wmv format) of what you recorded, saving it to My Pictures–>Picasa–>Captured Videos. From there you may wish to simply retrieve that file, rename it, and share it however you wish, within or outside of Picasa.
  8. However, you may wish to refine the video a bit by setting a new starting point for the video, or a new end point, or both. For example, say the first few seconds of footage are shaky, or not pointed at the subject. Or say that for the last few seconds of the video, you veered the camera away from the subject. You can get rid of these bad portions by setting start and end points using the buttons circled in Figure 6. Scrub through the video using the green timeline bar below the video image, and set points accordingly.Figure 6
  9. Once you have good start and end points and are ready to make your video, again you have a couple of options. The crucial buttons are those circled in Figure 7. As you can see, you can upload the video directly to YouTube (you need to have a YouTube account for this option). You can take a snapshot of whatever frame of the video is currently showing on screen—scrub using the green timeline to find the frame you want to photograph. Finally, you can export your video. Exporting creates a .wmv video—with the image resolution you selected—which is saved to My Pictures–>Picasa–>Exported Videos. Only the video between your selected start and end points will be exported.Figure 7
  10. When you go back to your library, you’ll see that a new folder, “Exported Videos,” has been created, which contains your new video (See Figure 8). Click on your video within the folder, and from there you can hit the “Share” button (Also see Figure 8), to email your video. A Google account/email is required for this option.Figure 8

Pretty easy, right? Picasa makes video capture—and then sharing that video—a breeze. We hope this tutorial has helped you get on the right track. Have fun!

* Prices are subject to change, please visit www.ipevo.com for the latest price infomation.
* Find more tips and stories about P2V at www.ipevo.com/p2v.

iPad and Tubular Wireless Speakers – A Match Made in Heaven #4

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Filed Under (All Products, All Applications, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2010-05-16

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Are you ready for our fourth installment about iPad and Tubular Wireless Speakers working in perfect harmony? Of course you are.

This entry is all about videos. With its 9.7 inch (and quite gorgeous) LCD screen, the iPad seems to scream, “Watch me! Use me for videos!” But especially if you purchased the 16GB model, there’s not an awful lot of space to put videos on the iPad itself. And beyond that, there’s the trouble of transferring all your large video files from your home computer over to the iPad.

The solution is video streaming, and there’s a cool app called Air Video that allows you to stream videos from your computer and then play them on-the-fly on your iPad, no matter the format your videos happen to be in.

And, while sometimes it’s fine to listen to the soundtrack on earphones, at other times it’d be nice to share videos with friends, coworkers at a meeting, or anyone else. Enter Tubular Wireless Speakers! Use Air Video to stream all your computer’s videos to your iPad, and then use Tubular to play stereo sound out loud so everyone can enjoy.

Plus, kids seem to love the iPad, and they love sharing it with friends. You can use Air Video to restrict streaming to specified “family-friendly” folders, and the kids or the whole family can enjoy videos. And for places where Wi-Fi might be difficult to get, download a few favorite videos directly to the iPad. Picture this: kids in the backseat with the iPad, and Tubular in the cupholder so everyone can hear. Yep, it’s that compact; check out ideas for having Tubular Wireless Speakers in the car. Now that’s a road trip everyone can agree on.

So, if you’re an iPad user hungry for videos, consider Air Video, and definitely consider Tubular Wireless Speakers. Don’t settle for “just okay” audio: a beautiful image deserves great speakers.

For more information about Tubular Wireless Speakers, please visit: http://www.ipevo.com/Tubular-Wireless-Speakers.html.

iPad and Tubular Wireless Speakers – A Match Made in Heaven #2

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Filed Under (All Products, All Applications, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2010-04-19

Welcome to the second installment of our blog series on the beautiful possibilities of pairing Apple’s iPad with IPEVO’s Tubular Wireless Speakers.

This entry focuses on a subject that will definitely interest you: food! Cooks come in two types: naturals, who create great dishes with a little instruction and a lot of instinct; and the rest of us, who need plenty of guidance and hand-holding. But no matter which culinary category you’re in, it’s always fun to try new recipes and learn a few techniques from professionals and amateurs alike. And sometimes pulling it all off is a little tough.

The iPad, along with Tubular Wireless Speakers, would be a great addition to the kitchen. Think about it: load up a cooking show from iTunes, or explore YouTube to find a cooking tutorial for a dish you’d like to try. Set up the iPad on the counter, then use Tubular to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth with the iPad. Now you’ve got a complete video as well as audio solution for discovering that amazing new recipe. iPad will give you a compact view screen—ideal for counters often cramped with appliances or cooking items—and equally compact Tubular will provide stereo sound for all the steps and ingredients. Tubular is loud and clear enough to be heard from across the kitchen, a feature that iPad’s built-in speakers just won’t be able to match.

Also consider that Tubular can be easily moved around (remember, no wires) for your convenience, while keeping the iPad in place. Move Tubular from the sink, where you’ve been chopping vegetables, to the countertop across the room to mix ingredients. You’ll never miss a moment of the soundtrack. And if you’re a restaurant chef operating in a larger kitchen, Tubular’s portability makes even more sense.

We hope we’ve provided a little “food for thought.” Be sure to check back soon for more ideas for using Tubular and iPad.

To visit the Tubular Wireless Speakers’ Product Page: http://www.ipevo.com/Tubular-Wireless-Speakers_p_75.html

IPEVO YouTube Channel – Now Playing the Best in IPEVO Tech!

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Filed Under (Document Cameras in Education, APPLICATION, All Applications, IPEVO, P2V Others, PRODUCT) by ipevoblog on 2009-11-17

Just wanted to give you a quick “Web 2.0” update. You know about the blog (obviously!), and you probably know about IPEVO’s Twitter account, which is updated by none other than the big boss himself, CEO Royce Hong. See the blue Twitter bird on the right sidebar there? Click to the right of that happy bird to visit Royce’s Twitter page.

Right above the Twitter link is a relatively new feature, an embedded YouTube video. We definitely appreciate the many vloggers and tech enthusiasts who have decided to review and showcase IPEVO products by posting a video to YouTube, and recently we decided that IPEVO should carve out its own little slice of the YouTube universe in order to highlight some of our favorite videos and supply a few of our own. So (fanfare, please), I’m proud to announce the YouTube IPEVO channel!

Like I said, we hope to grow the IPEVOINC channel into a convenient little storehouse of the best and most insightful reviews of our products, the kind of videos that inform, entertain, and provide some wisdom about all the cool things our gear is capable of. If you’ve done an IPEVO-related video, we’d love to see it, and maybe we can add it to our favorites: just drop us a line, here or on YouTube.

One of the first videos we uploaded is an unboxing of our newest release, the Point 2 View USB Camera (P2V)! (More fanfare, please.) The P2V has an amazing little stand that gives you a ton of options as far as camera perspective, and that’s just the proverbial tip of the iceberg as far as what this camera can do. Visit the IPEVOINC channel to check out the brief unboxing video and see the P2V in all its YouTube glory.

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* Prices are subject to change, please visit www.ipevo.com for the latest price infomation.
* Find more tips and stories about P2V at www.ipevo.com/p2v.