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Give your mobile devices the ability to see and capture the world in total darkness and reveal hidden thinks not visible at light.

What is Snooperscope ?

Snooperscope is a special wireless device that, using your mobile device as a screen and the infrared light as a source, enables to see in no light conditions and in total darkness, and under visible light reveals hidden parts that normally cannot be seen by human eyes.

Snooperscope is small and lightSnooperscope is small and light

By employing a special optics, the user can see in the area covered by the light, although to the naked eye total darkness still prevails.
A number of more practical applications have been developed with the Snooperscope because of its ability to peer through any opaque material that passes infrared rays.

Snooperscope is perfect for professional and personal applications, like:

  • night vision
  • to see in dark places
  • to see through objects like liquids, inks and textiles
  • to see dust and motes in environments
  • for 1001 experimental uses
  • ...and for fun.

The retail launch price of the Snooperscope is currently planned as $99 and the Early Bird as only $39, so you can make some great savings by backing us here!

Snooperscope can be can be attached to any smartphone or tablet with a special magnetSnooperscope can be can be attached to any smartphone or tablet with a special magnet

How does it work ?

Snooperscope is primarily a Night Vision Device and whether by biological or technological means, night vision is made possible by a combination of two approaches: sufficient spectral range, and sufficient intensity range. Humans have poor night vision compared to many animals, in part because the human eye lacks a tapetum lucidum.

Spectrum of visible and invisible lightSpectrum of visible and invisible light

Human vision is confined to a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum called visible light.
Snooperscope enables the user to see objects in the dark by illuminating the object with infrared radiation and converting the reflected radiation to a visual image.
The resulting scene, which is apparently dark to a human observer, appears as a visible image to the Snooperscope, and this image and video are sent wireless to your smartphone or tablet.

Applications and experimentals uses

Snooperscope has virtually unlimited applications in experimental projects.

SnooperscopeLabs: some experiments made with the Snooperscope

Here are some applications you can have with your Snooperscope:

NIGHT VISION

Snooperscope can maximize your smartphone and tablet in the dark! and improve the visibility in low light conditions.

Use Snooperscope if you are frequently alone at home and you feel uneasy when you hear strange sounds outside at home. If it is a cat or a dog, you can relax; if it is a two-legged prowler, you can call the police who can cope with the insuspecting intruder!

The Snooperscope infrared light not visible by the human eyeThe Snooperscope infrared light not visible by the human eye

If you live in an area where it is wise to check the identity of a night visitor before opening the door, use the Snoopescope as an invisible security guard through your home windows, or positioning it where it can illuminate the doorway, and you can secretaly observe the location. You can thus identify the visitor without turning on outside lights.

A more pleasant theatre application of the Snooperscope, in both professional and amateur productions, is to study audience reactions in the dark as the play or other performance progresses. These observations may provide clues for smoothing the production.

Create eerie scenes inside a family household ! With Snooperscope you can see the infrared tracking dots, a feature of the Kinect, like seen in the the movie Paranormal Activity 4. Test it out to see how it really works and how it would look on Snooperscope. Turn off all the lights, turn on the Kinect and aim Snooperscope away from the Kinect and you will see there's this stuff going on in the house that you can't see.

Theatre application for audience reactions and Kinect tracking dotsTheatre application for audience reactions and Kinect tracking dots

And with Snooperscope right at home you can perform some starling theatrics. Hide the device in a convenient closet or cupboard before your guests arrive. When all present, seat them at one end of the room and turn out all the lights. In the pitch dark, you can describe every little action of each individual on the far end of the room. Most people are unfamiliar with the Snooperscope and the night vision, and will be dumbfounded by your ability to see in the dark!

PAINT

Since the infrared reflection of pigments in paints and inks is different from that of white light, it is possible to detect forged paintings and checks by the way the color appears.
Snooperscope is able to create revealing images using reflected infrared light, internal defects that are not evident in visible light, the use of different materials and sometimes the artist's pencil.

INFRARED TRANSPARENCY

Some objects that at the daylight appear opaque, with Snooperscope they are transparent!

a jar of jam nuts appears transparenta jar of jam nuts appears transparent

 

a coke with an inscription hidden in the back of the bottle not visible at daylight as appears with the Snooperscopea coke with an inscription hidden in the back of the bottle not visible at daylight as appears with the Snooperscope

 

jam and coke at the darkness are completely transparent!jam and coke at the darkness are completely transparent!

 

With Snooperscope, Marco's glasses appear transparent and he has white hair bleached: nice effect!With Snooperscope, Marco's glasses appear transparent and he has white hair bleached: nice effect!

CRIME AND FORGERIES

Crime detection laboratories are now using similar equipment for reading through certain types of material. You can attach Snooperscope to a microscope and greatly broaden your observation because many substances react very different to infrared light than they do to visible light. Snooperscope infrareds can penetrate deeper into some materials (e.g. animal tissues) and permit examination below the surface. Document forgeries can often be detected with infrared and many colored objects react strangely to the invisible light.

With Snooperscope you can see what is written under inksWith Snooperscope you can see what is written under inks

In this example we have spotted some india ink on a page over some writings. Your eyes will only see the blackened spot but the snooperscope will peer through the top layer of ink and reveal the writing just as clearly as if there were no top coating. This method permits instantaneous examination which often is a great convenience.

NOCTURNAL AND WILD ANIMALS

Use Snooperscope to study the behaviour of small nocturnal animals in total darkness. Naturalists and campers will find the Snooperscope an ideal instrument with which to study the habits of nocturnasl wildlife. Unlike an ordinary flashlight, the invisible infrared beam of the Snooperscope will not frighten away the animals under observation. Another useful application is in photography of wild animals. SnooperScope can be used as part of your mobile device and it can be a valuable observation device. Many wildlife pictures can now be made observing the animal from a distance and trip the shutter when the creature is in the best possible position. Even a video can be a good one. Farmers and ranchers may find Snooperscope a practical device for observing predators that harass livestock, chickens, etc. Ordinary lights will scare off such pests before they are properly identified, whereas their movements can be easily observed with the Snooperscope and more effective countermeasure can be taken.

BOTANICAL

Use it with a micro-len to study bacteriological and botanicalspeciments under infrared rays. Certain large molecules may now be examinated in a different way, since they become transparent using Snooperscope.

ENVIRONMENT

Snooperscope can be an infrared optical air quality sensor, designed to sense dust particles. Snooperscope is especially effective in detecting very fine particles like cigarette smoke, dust, pollution and other particles in the air, and can be used as an air purifier system.

TEXTILE

Many colored textiles will appear in different color, for example, some black or red textiles will appear white when viewed with the Snooperscope, while others appear very dark. The difference is due to the use of different types of dyes in coloring the materials. Uneven, poor-quality dyeing of fabrics can often be spotted.

 

colored textiles and fruits-vegetables as appear with the Snopperscope.colored textiles and fruits-vegetables as appear with the Snopperscope.

COMMUNICATION

With two sets of Snooperscope you can blink invisible morse code signals over a distance of a mile or more. Momentary cover each Snooperscope with your hand and while you blink the invisible signals, your distant partner can detect them.

Snooperscope has standard threads for installation on tripod, car mount and universal standSnooperscope has standard threads for installation on tripod, car mount and universal stand

The story and the evolution of Snooperscope

The Snooperscope were designed originally for military use to enable infantrymen to secretly observe the enemy and to aim rifles accursately in total darkness.
When the infrared light source is turned on, the user, by employing a special eyepiece, can see in the area covered by the light, although to the naked eye total darkness still prevails.
But these same devices have countless peacetime applications having nothing whatever to do with guerilla warfare.

The Snooperscope has a lot of practical applications:  night vision, communications, botanical, environment, paint, observation and lot others.

And with this project, we are reinventing the Snooperscope for the 21st century using your mobile device or tablet.

Evolution of Snooperscope, infrared and camera sensor, battery and power supplyEvolution of Snooperscope, infrared and camera sensor, battery and power supply

The Snooperscope App

The Snooperscope App is available for iOS and Android.
The App is really easy to setup and use:

  • download it free from the App Store or Google Play
  • pair Snooperscope with a direct wifi connection to your smartphone or tablet (no router needed)
  • open the App and you have done !

Want to capture what you're seeing on your smartphone?
Simply click the snapshot icon on the App to take still pictures or click the record icon to record actual video and save it.
The snapshots will come up so it's easy to save as a JPEG in your smartphone.
The recorded video will automatically save as an MPEG.

Development Process

Sketches and 3D renderingSketches and 3D rendering

 

molding prototypesmolding prototypes

 

camera sensor, lens, infrared leds: work in progress!camera sensor, lens, infrared leds: work in progress!

 

antenna prototypes, camera sensor testings with Arduino, the wifi chipsetantenna prototypes, camera sensor testings with Arduino, the wifi chipset

 

first and second version hardware prototypesfirst and second version hardware prototypes

Snooperscope technical specifications

SnooperScope runs through a wifi peer-to-peer connection, meaning it's protected with a secure video feed.

SnooperScope uses H.264 video compression. This is a standard for video compression that allows for a better frame rate and smoother, enhanced, top quality video from the camera sensor.

SnooperScope has its own onboard power battery that provides up to 4 hours of active use. That means you don’t have to limit where you go or what you do because of a cord tethering you to one place – and it also won’t drain the battery in your mobile device.

  • Camera sensor: 1/5” CMOS 0.3 Megapixels
  • Lens type: IR len vision glass filter
  • Resolution: 640*480(VGA) / 320*240(QVGA)
  • WIFI: 802.11b/g/n
  • Basic protocol: TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP, DHC
  • Channel: 1~11, 1~13, 1~14
  • Image compression mode: JPEG
  • Video codec: H.264
  • Image Frame Rate: 30fps (VGA)
  • Low light level: <=0.5 lux
  • NIR: 6 infrared led, 940nm
  • Night vision distance: 10 meters (nearly 33 feet) away
  • Power: Built-in 1000mAh Lithium battery
  • Working time: 3-4 hours
  • Charging time: 2-3 hours
  • Standby time: about 720 days
  • Charging voltage: 5V
  • Port charging: standard Micro-B USB 5pin
  • Operating distance: 100mt. in open area, 30mt. in normal area
  • Weight: 80gr. (2.8 oz.)
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
  • Operating Humidity: 20% ~ 80% RH (non-condensing)
  • Mobile App: for iOS iPhone / iPad / Android smartphone and tablets
  • Dimensions: diameter 42mm, lenght 75mm

Snooperscope has different mounts to become a versatile solution in various situations.

Standard thread to use with different mounts: car, wall, bike, tripodStandard thread to use with different mounts: car, wall, bike, tripod

 

Double magnet, rear and bottom, to attach to: metallic surfaces, helmets, dressesDouble magnet, rear and bottom, to attach to: metallic surfaces, helmets, dresses

The Team

We [Marco and Eros] have designed, redesigned and reimagined Snooperscope many times during the past months, pouring countless hours into thinking about the user experience, the technical aspects of the project and how to deliver the world's smallest, lightest and smartestnight vision device using a smartphone at an affordable price point.

You can help bring Snooperscope to the world by being the very first to own it and experiment with it!

We've spent many months designing and developing Snooperscope and it's App.
We've built our prototypes and we need your help to take Snooperscope the next level-one push to get it in production.
We want to put the first series of Snooperscope into your hands so that you can use it and experiment it with your friends.
We want to build a stronger relationship with our early adopters, and use feedback to make Snooperscope as amazing as possible.
With the valuable feedback we receive from supporters like yourselves, projects like Snooperscope will be given the opportunity to evolve and grow in a way we simply couldn't achieve by ourselves.
Now we’re excited to build a product that can radically change the way people see what their eyes can't see.

The Snooperscope T-shirtsThe Snooperscope T-shirts

Why do we need your support

We've built our working prototypes.
We need your help to take the next step.
We’re looking for funds to put Snooperscope into production.
With your contribution you will help us do:

  • Finalise the development.
  • Set up tooling and manufacturing.
  • Get all the regulatory approvals (CE, UL, FCC to ship our products worldwide).
  • Achive production of the first 1000 units.

Project Timeline

We currently have working prototypes in our hands and we are adding new features to the App.

Here is our timeline for putting Snooperscope into your hands:

JANUARY 2014

  • Finalise our hardware and software
  • Our App development is end and we have to finalize it with new features.

FEBRUARY 2014

  • App submission to Apple Store for approval.
  • Setup QC and an assembly line in China.
  • Product testing

MARCH 2014

  • Volumemanufacturing of Snooperscope
  • Quality Control

APRIL 2014

  • First Distribution! - EARLY BIRDs get their Snooperscopes

MAY 2014

  • Distribution! - all backers get their Snooperscopes


Join us

in the movement to take Snooperscope to the next level!

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Can I choose what colour I want for my Snooperscope?
    At the moment the only color is dark Green, but we are planning new stretch goals where you have the ability to choose what color you desire for the Snooperscope. This includes Silver and Black.
    Last updated: 2013-11-23 11:05:19
  • Will you be shipping internationally?
    Yes, we will be able to ship orders all over the world.
    Last updated: 2013-11-23 11:06:04
  • Can I use it in the day light, too?
    Yes, Snooperscope under visible light reveals hidden things that normally cannot be seen by the human eye. It uses a camera and a len specially designed for working in low light condition, and in the some day light conditions the images could be different in color.
    Last updated: 2013-11-23 11:06:24
  • Is the Snooperscope water-resistant/waterproof?
    No, the camera out of the box will not be considered water-resistant or waterproof. The camera will require a special housing that we will be developing. We have spec’d out some case designs for making waterproof housings for the Snooperscope which we will be sharing in the months to come.
    Last updated: 2013-11-23 11:06:45
  • Do the IR lights also emit any visible light?
    No visible light from the Snooperscope IR leds. Human vision is confined to a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum called visible light. Snooperscope enables the user to see objects in the dark by illuminating the object with infrared radiation and converting the reflected radiation to a visual image. Take a look at the picture in our product description.
    Last updated: 2013-11-23 11:07:37
  • Will the Snooperscope magnet damage my smartphone?
    Absolutely no, Snooperscope has a double magnet and will not damage the interior components of the smartphone. Many smartphone and iPhone iPad accessories are designed with and use magnets including Apple's cases and covers. The magnetic field of almost all magnetic devices available to consumers will not hurt magnetically stored mediums. LCDs, LEDs & Plasma screens are quite invulnerable to small magnets. Mobiles & cameras have LCD screens, so no effect of magnets. They have flash memory, so no damage from magnets even here.
    Last updated: 2013-11-25 23:57:00
  • The Snooperscope campaign here on HWTrek has come to end.
    To buy your Snooperscope please move to Kickstarter at: http://http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1150486273/snooperscope-night-vision-for-your-smartphone-ipho
    Last updated: 2013-12-21 18:08:50
Dec 20,2013#6
Snooperscope is Funded with Kickstarter! Goal Reached!

Snooperscope is Funded with Kickstarter!
Goal Reached!

Move your HWTrek perks to Kickstarter and get your Snooperscope!

 

New Stretch Goals reached to all our Backers on Kickstarter

 


Dec 15,2013#5
Extended offer to move your perks to Kickstarter and CES 2014

Hi Backers,

by popular demand, we have extended in time the possibility to cancel your Snooperscope perk on HWTrek and pledge your Snooperscope on Kickstarter, where we have add a new Special CES Pledge Reward, as well.

Now you have time to move till Dec. 24, but please rush, you have 9 days ahead only.

(See Update #4 on how to move your perk from HWTrek to Kickstarter.)

And we are proud to announce that Snooperscope is going to the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas! 

CES is the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace, and we couldn't be more excited to be part of it.

Although we won't have a booth at CES, you will be able to find us with our Snooperscope prototypes!

We are 95% to reach our Kickstarter goal, so we have an awesome story and group of backers to talk about! 
In this spirit, we've decided to offer a new Special CES Pledge Reward:

$750 SPECIAL CES SNOOPERSCOPE!
Be a part of our first trip to CES! You and a guest will join us as part of the Snooperscope Team at CES 2014 - Las Vegas. 
We'll pick you up from your hotel and take you to dinner at one of Las Vegas' finest restaurants, where we will take you through Snooperscope's development and future plans, and show you how the prototype was built firsthand. 
You will also receive 1 of the 3 work well 3D printed Snooperscope prototype, with a very distinctive look and color (Flight and Hotel not included).

We still have 9 days ahead of us so please continue spreading the word about Snooperscope.

See you at CES!

The Snooperscope Team


Dec 12,2013#4
HWTrek campaign is going to end and moving to Kickstarter

Dear HWTrek Backers,

The Snooperscope HWTrek campaign has not been as successful as hoped and is going to end.
On HWTrek we have been made minimal funding progress, while on Kickstarter is nearly funded and we have already reached 85% of our goal in only 15 days.
On Kickstarter we still have 14 days ahead and the possibility to add new amazing strech goals, but first we need to reach the home goal as fast as possible.

Move your perks from HWTrek to Kickstarter

On Kickstarter the EARLY BIRDs are all gone, but we want to ensure the best possible benefit and price to everyone who pledged the EARLY BIRD on HWTrek, offering 2 Snooperscope at the same price of the EARLY BIRD.
The 2nd Snooperscope is the very best gift idea of this 2013 holiday season for your friends and relatives!

How to pledge on Kickstarter

If you are an EARLY BIRD HWTrek backer INSIDE UK:

  • On Kickstarter pledge £48 (instead of £43) from the FIRST PRODUCTION, and we will get you 2 Snooperscope.

If you are an EARLY BIRD HWTrek backer OUTSIDE UK:

  • On Kickstarter pledge £68 (instead of £43) from the FIRST PRODUCTION, and we will get you 2 Snooperscope, including shipments outside UK.

If you are a FIRST PRODUCTION HWTrek backer:

  • On Kickstarter pledge £43 from the FIRST PRODUCTION (include £10 for shipment if outside UK).

Hurry up and get this thing going!!!

This offer is valid only till Sunday Dec. 15th


How to cancel perks on HWTrek

To cancel your perks on HWTrek you have to cancel the preapproved payments plan on PayPal.
To do this:

  • log in on the PayPal homepage, go to your Profile, go to My Money, and click Update on My preapproved payments. Then find the Details page for HWTrek
  • cancel this preapproved payments plan to HWTrek (TMIH CORPORATION)


Everyone on HWTrek, we need your support to make Snooperscope a reality,
so please move your pledge to Kickstarter and help push us on to the home stretch!

Our links are:

Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1fPZLyx
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Snooperscopes
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/snooperscope
Website: http://www.snooperscope.co.uk
Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/user/Snooperscope/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/snooperscopeTM/kickstarter-campaign/
Tumblr: http://snooperscopes.tumblr.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/snooperscope
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzz2Vcz4grvdrGFhvi3ivdA
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/snooperscope and http://vimeo.com/77995165

The Snoooperscope Team

 


Dec 12,2013#3
HWTrek campaign is going to end and moving to Kickstarter

Dear HWTrek Backers,

The Snooperscope HWTrek campaign has not been as successful as hoped and is going to end.
On HWTrek we have been made minimal funding progress, while on Kickstarter is nearly funded and we have already reached 85% of our goal in only 15 days.
On Kickstarter we still have 14 days ahead and the possibility to add new amazing strech goals, but first we need to reach the home goal as fast as possible.

Move your perks from HWTrek to Kickstarter

On Kickstarter the EARLY BIRDs are all gone, but we want to ensure the best possible benefit and price to everyone who pledged the EARLY BIRD on HWTrek, offering 2 Snooperscope at the same price of the EARLY BIRD.
The 2nd Snooperscope is the very best gift idea of this 2013 holiday season for your friends and relatives!

How to pledge on Kickstarter

If you are an EARLY BIRD HWTrek backer INSIDE UK:

  • On Kickstarter pledge £48 (instead of £43) from the FIRST PRODUCTION, and we will get you 2 Snooperscope.

If you are an EARLY BIRD HWTrek backer OUTSIDE UK:

  • On Kickstarter pledge £68 (instead of £43) from the FIRST PRODUCTION, and we will get you 2 Snooperscope, including shipments outside UK.

If you are a FIRST PRODUCTION HWTrek backer:

  • On Kickstarter pledge £43 from the FIRST PRODUCTION (include £10 for shipment if outside UK).

Hurry up and get this thing going!!!

This offer is valid only till Sunday Dec. 15th


How to cancel perks on HWTrek

To cancel your perks on HWTrek you have to cancel the preapproved payments plan on PayPal.
To do this:

  • log in on the PayPal homepage, go to your Profile, go to My Money, and click Update on My preapproved payments. Then find the Details page for HWTrek
  • cancel this preapproved payments plan to HWTrek (TMIH CORPORATION)


Everyone on HWTrek, we need your support to make Snooperscope a reality,
so please move your pledge to Kickstarter and help push us on to the home stretch!

Our links are:

Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1fPZLyx
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Snooperscopes
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/snooperscope
Website: http://www.snooperscope.co.uk
Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/user/Snooperscope/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/snooperscopeTM/kickstarter-campaign/
Tumblr: http://snooperscopes.tumblr.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/snooperscope
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzz2Vcz4grvdrGFhvi3ivdA
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/snooperscope and http://vimeo.com/77995165

The Snoooperscope Team

 


Nov 28,2013#2
EARLY BIRDs sold in few hours!

THANK YOU !

We sold all our EARLY BIRDs in few hours!

Again Thank you all for your support!

...and spread the word to your friends and relatives its the very best gift idea of this 2013 holiday season!

The Snooperscope Team


Nov 28,2013#1
EARLY BIRDs sold in few hours!

THANK YOU !

We sold all our EARLY BIRDs in few hours!

Again Thank you all for your support!

...and spread the word to your friends and relatives its the very best gift idea of this 2013 holiday season!

The Snooperscope Team


Top Expert Contributors
Customer Perk
39 USD
EARLY BIRD: Receive one Snooperscope device from the pre-production run at a special very, very low price. ($60 off expected retail price !)

Estimated delivery: 2014-04-30

96 out of 100 claimed
99 USD
RETAIL: Receive one Snooperscope device at the retail price.

Estimated delivery: 2014-05-31

2 out of Unlimited claimed
1,000 USD
3D PRINTED PROTOTYPES: Receive one of the 3D printed Snooperscope prototypes. All slightly different and unique in design and color. These are genuine one-offs that we created during the molding phase. To test the optics and camera.

Estimated delivery: 2014-04-30

0 out of 3 claimed
2,000 USD
THE ORIGINAL FACTORY PROTOTYPE: Receive the first original Snooperscope prototype hand-made. This is the very unit that you see in our videos and photos. We'll also send you a production version of the Snooperscope.

Estimated delivery: 2014-04-30

0 out of 1 claimed
69 USD
FIRST PRODUCTION: Receive one Snooperscope device from the first production run. ($30 off expected retail price !)

Estimated delivery: 2014-05-31

35 out of 1000 claimed
25 USD
SNOOPERSCOPE T-SHIRT: A limited edition T-shirt for the Snooperscope in one of three colors.

Estimated delivery: 2014-01-31

1 out of Unlimited claimed
Expert Perk
1,000 USD
3D PRINTED PROTOTYPES: Receive one of the 3D printed Snooperscope prototypes. All slightly different and unique in design and color. These are genuine one-offs that we created during the molding phase. To test the optics and camera.

Estimated delivery: 2014-04-30

1 out of Unlimited claimed
2,000 USD
THE ORIGINAL FACTORY PROTOTYPE: Receive the first original Snooperscope prototype hand-made. This is the very unit that you see in our videos and photos. We'll also send you a production version of the Snooperscope.

Estimated delivery: 2014-04-30

0 out of Unlimited claimed
39 USD
EARLY BIRD: Receive one Snooperscope device from the pre-production run at a special very, very low price. ($60 off expected retail price !)

Estimated delivery: 2014-04-30

23 out of Unlimited claimed