Saturday, September 7, 2013

IPEVO Products

As a 21st century educator who wants to meet the needs of the digital natives in my classrooms, I am always in search educational technology that can improve the experiences in my classroom. Last spring I found an amazing company called IPEVO. The focus of the IPEVO Company is to create simple, intuitive and flexible technology that is compact and affordable. I have been impressed with every aspect of the IPEVO Company from their products to the people I have communicated with.

The Point 2 View document camera is the latest IPEVO product I have used. Like the other document cameras in their line, the Point 2 View was designed with the educator in mind. It has a 2.0 megapixel camera with resolution that is adjustable up to 1600 x 1200. It has an amazing ability to zoom in on the smallest details (2 inches away). You are also able to easily snap pictures of the images with just a single click of button. 

Specifications for this document camera are as follows:
  • True 2.0 mega pixel CMOS sensor
  • Full autofocus lens
  • Up to 2” macro focus
  • Up to 20 FPS live video capture (at 640 x 480)
  •  USb 2.0 Video Class (UVC) interface
  • Mac, Windows $ Chrome OS compatible
  • Max shooting area with extension stand: 17.17” x 13.4”
  •  L x W x H: 3.8” x 0.9 x  1.1
  •  USB cable length: 4.9 ft
  •   Color: Silver camera, white stand

As you can see in the picture, the Point 2 View is well constructed. It consists of a weighted base with three moveable joints that allow you to position the camera exactly where it needs to be (as close as two inches away). The camera can be removed from the base and manually attached to other objects with a clip that is attached to the camera.

Users need to install the Point 2 View software (which is included in the purchase price) on their computer before attaching the camera. The software allows the users to change the zoom on the camera, change the exposure, set a timer (time delayed pictures), mirror, and change camera resolution.
This camera like the others in the IPEVO line would be a great addition to any classroom. The clean simple interface makes it easy to set up and use. It is a steal at $69.00.

The Point 2 View document camera also has some AMAZING accessories that I am happy to review.

Scan Kit - $29.00
 The IPEVO Scan Kit was designed to be used with any of the document cameras produced by IPEVO. It is a sturdy well designed stand and allows for easier upright displaying of items that are being displayed under the document camera so they can be quickly exchanged. It consists of three pieces that can be easily assembled or disassembled for storage. The scan kit scanning board has a wide base to allow a tablet computer to safely rest in the base. IPEVO also thought to include a magnetic paper stop so you can
easily place smaller items on the scanning board as well. Finally the scan kit stand was designed to perfectly fit the weighted bases of each of IPEVOs document cameras. I LOVE this stand. It makes using the Point 2 View so easy.

Microscope Adapter Set - $29.00
Do You remember the excitement you experienced the first time you saw something under a microscope? IPEVO has taken that experience to an entirely new dimension. Today’s students are able to experience that excitement supersized. The IPEVO Microscope Adapter Set allows teachers to display these images on the interactive white boards.

The Microscope Adapter set consists of two “S-Type” adapters designed for microscopes with straight eyepieces and two “L-Type” adapters designed for angled eyepieces. Each of the four adapters comes in a 28 mm and 33mm diameter because these are the sizes of the most common microscopes.

The appropriately sized adapter is placed over the eyepiece of the microscope and the Point 2 View camera is placed in the other end. The images I viewed were unbelievably clear and allowed me to obtain high quality pictures that I could use later with students.

Wow, Wow, Wow! This simply affordably accessory to the Point 2 View Document Camera could be a game changer is the educational setting. One of the most exciting things I have seen in while. Check it out.

IPEVO Magnifying Lens –  $19.00 
If you own a Point 2 View Document Camera and have the need to project fine details, this might be the accessory for you. It attaches to the end of your Point 2 View camera and then all you need to do is place the magnifying lens directly on top of the area you would like to magnify. It produces images in 2x magnification.

The IPEVO Magnifying Lens is constructed of heavy duty plastic
and contains an LED light that can be turned on and off. There are three extra batteries include with the purchase. If you own a Point 2 View camera and have the need to display fine details this might be a great investment for you. 

These are just a few of the “GEMS” in the IPEVO family. All of the items I was fortunate to review are amazing educational tools. The sky is the limit for educators when these types of tools are present in the classroom. If you are an educator interested in the Point 2 View Document Camera and Microscope Adapter Set, check out IPEVO’s website and click on Wish Pool. These items are the featured give away for the month of September.

If you are not familiar with Wish Pool it is IPEVO’s giveaway program for educator. They believe so strongly in educators and their products that each month they feature a different IPEVO product and educators are able to make a wish. You are required to complete three sections of information: 1) About You 2) Your School 3) Your Story (How many of the featured items you need and why.). Then you wait and find out if you have been selected to receive the gift. I am anxious to give Wish Pool a try as soon as they feature a product that one of my programs could benefit from. Thank you IPEVO for caring about education and providing such a great program.