Sunday, September 26, 2010
The IPEVO Document Camera at $69.00!!
In full disclosure, I want to tell you that I often get offers to try out new products if I will do a write up on my blog in exchange. Most times I ignore the offers, sometimes I consider them, but this is the first time I agreed, after a few back and forth emails with me asking, "What's the catch?" Over the summer, Pauline Peng, a representative from IPEVO, Inc. offered me an IPEVO document camera for free to keep and try out. She asked me to provide her some feedback and blog about it if I liked it, but said she understood if I did not have time. Either way, she wanted me to try it out. This struck me as sincere. I also checked out the document camera online and it looked interesting.
After it arrived, it was ironic that my classroom document camera's lens broke. So, out came that IPEVO from it's very small box. I liked how the only connection was via USB to the computer and truly the best part was the clarity of the images. I zoomed onto my finger and you could see my fingerprints. The camera transmits directly to my computer, just like any USB camera; no splitters, no power cords, no changing inputs. If your computer is hooked to a projector, then so will your image be projected.
You can zoom and flip easily so the camera can be placed where ever is most comfortable for you. I love the auto-focus option that's perfect for moving objects. Great way to spotlight students in the class!
I can see this being perfect for science experiment demonstrations, any dangerous demonstrations or where supplies are limited. This really would be perfect for not only classrooms but conference presentations where you are traveling, need a document camera and have very limited space.
At $69.00, I would highly recommend these!