HoverCam T3


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HoverCam T3

Like No Other Teaching Tool.  HoverCam T3 started a technology revolution in education as the world’s first high-resolution USB document camera. Not just the first, it remains the best. We engineered the T3 to leverage the processing power of the computer so it no longer needs the large and expensive optical parts found in traditional document cameras. This resulted in a new form factor that’s compact, portable and affordable. Moreover, with our strength as a software developer, we gave the T3 and all our products HoverCam Flex software to scan, record voice & video, remote conference and manage files which is why the T3 is so much more than just a “document camera."

Cutting Edge Software

The HoverCam T3 includes HoverCam Flex software, recognized as the best software of any “document camera” and a reason why more than 100,000 T3s are used in classrooms and offices today. Whether you are recording a lesson or dropping a scanned image into interactive whiteboard software or a PowerPoint presentation, HoverCam Flex makes it easy.

Since the HoverCam T3 document camera has a telescoping neck, as opposed to a goose-neck design, when lowering the camera, you do not need to reposition the item beneath it. With a goose-neck design, the lower the camera moves, the further away from the camera’s base it goes. With the HoverCam T3, there is no need to adjust the document under the camera when using its mechanical zoom.

HoverCam Flex Software Features Include

Integration with leading interactive whiteboards
Audio and Video Recording
Screen Recording / Screen Capture
Picture-in-Picture using a 2nd camera
360 degree Image Rotation
Auto White Balance, Brightness Control, Contrast, Saturation
Freeze Frame
16X SmoothZoom™ digital zoom
Scroll and Pan
Archive Manager to manage files
OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
Drag-and-Drop images or videos
Straightening and Auto Straightening
Time-Lapse Photography
Motion Trigger Scanning
HoverCam Connect™ Video Conferencing
SlingShot™ to insert live camera images into other programs without leaving the program
Upload to Evernote, Dropbox, YouTube, Facebook
MSI Installation, and more

Our software license allows HoverCam Flex to be installed on every computer at the location where the HoverCam is used, so that the T3 may be shared (although we feel the price is right for everyone to have their own). The software is embedded in flash memory inside the product, so it’s not necessary to download it from the Internet nor install with CD. In addition, for school customers, each T3 includes a one year license of our GradeCentral™grading and assessment software, free to try for one year.

Superb Image Quality

The HoverCam T3 incorporates a 3 megapixel high-resolution sensor that produces digitally enhanced, crisp, clear images typically found in document cameras three times the price. The depth of field of the T3 is large and the focus is fixed, which means T3 images remain in focus even with hand movement under the camera and when the camera arm is lowered.

Many other document cameras send your images out of focus every time there is movement under the camera. The focus ring allows for constant focus that does not need to be adjusted every time an object moves under the camera.

The T3 includes our patent pending video LiveZoom™ technology that allows users to smoothly and rapidly zoom in and out in real-time with the spin of a mouse wheel. Combined with the ability to click and drag the displayed image as needed, users have maximum versatility to move images and zoom when presenting or teaching.

Record Audio and Video -- Upload to the Cloud

The HoverCam T3 includes a built-in microphone and our software allows users to record video with audio directly to the computer’s hard drive. In a flipped classroom, the T3 allows any instructor to easily and quickly create instructional videos. After recording, our software allows videos to be uploaded directly to Evernote, Dropbox, YouTube, Facebook and Picasa, or instructors may upload files to their website for student review at any time.

Save Desk Space

The T3’s compact design and small foot-print takes up very little desk space when compared to traditional document cameras. As such, the T3 can remain on a teacher’s desk at all times and is always available to use to make a quick scan, record a video or use for instruction. The T3 is designed with a telescoping body, so that it can be compressed into a narrow shape about one foot long making it easy to move from room to room, store in a drawer or put in a carry bag to use at a remote location. It includes a Kensington-style lock slot to deter theft.

Built-in LED Lights

The T3 incorporates inexpensive, long-lasting LED lights so it can be used in a dark classroom for years. For the price of a replacement lamp of “traditional document cameras,” you could simply buy a new T3.

See the Finest Details

Did you know there’s hidden text on the back of a $5 bill? See it with the T3 using our 16X LiveZoom™ and 3X mechanical zoom. Although you’ll save money with the T3 compared to other document cameras, you’ll get the highest quality instructional technology for your school

Anti-Theft Feature

Since the HoverCam is so portable – one of its key advantages -- we engineered a Kensington-compatible security slot into the unit so the T3 can be secured with an optional Kensington-style lock. Each HoverCam T3 Includes: T3 camera, 1.3 meter USB cable, positioning mat, carrying pouch, Quick Start Guide. One year standard warranty. Two year warranty with registration for schools.

Hardware Specifications

Sensors: 3 Megapixel HD CMOS Active Pixels Digital Image Sensor
Optical Format: 1/2.5 inch
Image Resolution: 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 1024, 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, 640 x 480
Frame Rate: Max 30 FPS
Video Compression: MJPG, YUY2
Power Requirements: 12 volt DC
Communication Interface: USB Powered, No External Power Required
System Requirements: CPU 1.0GHz Minimum, 1.6GHz Recommended, RAM 512MB Minimum, 1GB Recommended
Zoom: 16X Digital, 2.5X Mechanical
Scan Size: A4 or US Letter Size
Lighting: 6 Built-in LED Lights
Height and Weight: 21” Extended, 13” Collapsed, 1.8 lb
Dimesions (W x D x H): 5“ x 4” x 13“ - 21”
Connections Required: 1 USB 2.0 Cable to the computer
Warranty: 2 year with registration, optional 5 year extended warranty
Microphone: Included
Accessories: 5 ft USB Cable, Scanning Mat, Velvet Carrying Pouch
Certifications: FCC, CE, RoH

Software Specifications

Audio and Video Recording: Unlimited AVI files saved directly to hard drive, Picture-in-Picture
Sensor Recording: Select region on any screen to record
Annotation: Freehand, Text, Highlighter, Answer Mask, Shapes
Picture-in-Picture: Display and/or record PIP from a second video camera
Interactive White Board Integration: Share live video on SmartBoard, Promethean, eBeam, Mimio into IWB Included through easy Drag-and-Drop• Twain Driver
Image Rotation: 360 degrees
Controls: Auto White Balance, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Freeze Frame
Zoom and Scroll: Patent Pending 16X Smooth Digital
Operating Systems: -Windows XP/Vista/7 -Mac Intel/PPC OS X 10.5+
MSI: Included
Archive Manager: - Full file management, importing and exporting of files -Stacking/Collating multiple files into PDF or TIFF
OCR: Included with Text-to-Speech
Drag-and-Drop Images or Video Files Patent Pending Fast-Action Drag-and-Drop of any video or image files
Auto-Straightening: Included
Auto-Cropping: Automatic trimming enables quick batch scanning
Time Lapse Photography: Take Ssapshots at user specified time intervals and save as PDF of TIFF
HoverCam Connect: 1) Enables user to share a common virtual whiteboard; 2) Annotation from multiple users over shared video feed: 3) Highly interactive distance learning; 4) 3rd Party Collaborative Work Environment Integration with Skype, WebEx, GoToMeeting, through screen sharing with Picture-in-Picture

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HoverCam Saves Teachers’ Precious Time: HoverCam saves teachers time allowing them to scan at their desk without going to the office. It allows them to quickly record flipped classroom videos directly to the computer, saving time compared to recording with a smartphone or video camera then downloading to a computer to edit. Because HoverCam is USB powered, teachers save time setting it up. And, using HoverCam’s GradeCentral software (or another grading program) teachers save time grading multiple choice tests using the same HoverCam. 
Save Desk Space: HoverCam’s base--just 4” in diameter-- is significantly smaller than traditional document cameras saving space on a teacher’s desk. Using the HoverCam’s scanning and file management capability to digitize paper can help reduce desk clutter. 
HoverCam Helps Teachers Teach Better and Students Learn Faster: Using a HoverCam helps teachers visually communicate concepts in ways that allow students to comprehend information more quickly. 
Advanced Technology from an Innovative, Reliable Company: HoverCam is the technology leader in USB document cameras for schools. Many of the company’s innovations are patented or patent pending. The company’s accomplishments include: First high quality USB document camera. First document camera incorporating two cameras. World’s Fastest 5-megapixel USB document camera. World’s Smallest Document Camera. Over 100,000 HoverCams are in use at schools across North America, and new users are added every day. 


Scan Right At Your Desk: HoverCam includes software for scanning and managing scanned images. Save time scanning pages from a book, newspaper, magazine and students’ homework right at your desk. 
Easily Create Instructional Videos for Flipped Learning: The HoverCam includes a built-in microphone. Use the HoverCam to conveniently record HD quality video with audio directly to your computer’s hard drive. With the HoverCam, it’s easy to create your own instructional videos for the flipped classroom and flipped learning. 
Clear Pictures 2X HD 1080p Resolution: Expect superb image clarity from the HoverCam when compared to document cameras three times the cost. The HoverCam allows you to zoom in and out in real time with the spin of the mouse wheel. Combined with the ability to click and drag an image, you have maximum versatility when presenting and teaching. It’s a great way to show worksheets, book pages, rocks and even your iPad or tablet screen. HoverCam’s 5-megapixel camera sensors are twice the resolution of HD 1080p. 
Industry Leading HoverCam Flex Software: HoverCam Flex software is regarded as the best software of any document camera. It allows you to scan, record video, manage and share files, and more. It even works with interactive whiteboards, allowing you to easily show captured images and live video on your interactive board. And, the software is embedded inside the unit, making it easy to install anywhere without having to download from the Internet or find a misplaced CD. 
Distance Learning & Remote Conferencing: The HoverCam image appears in a window on your computer screen, which means high resolution images of documents and objects can easily be viewed during remote conferences and distance learning sessions with Skype, GoToMeeting, Zoom, WebEx and other web conferencing programs in “screen sharing” mode. In addition, the HoverCam includes HoverCam Connect, a beta software feature that allows two HoverCam users at remote locations to share each other’s viewing screens and images over the Internet. The HoverCam provides sharper, clearer images in distance learning sessions than a typical low-res webcam. 
LED Lighting That Never Needs Changing:Have a dark room? No problem. The HoverCam camera works well in low light, and if your room is completely dark, the unit incorporates long-lasting LED lights. For the price of the replacement bulb of some older traditional document cameras, you can buy a HoverCam. 
Engineering Masterpiece: The HoverCam is designed to leverage the processing power of the computer to zoom and control most functions, so the HoverCam doesn’t incorporate the large and expensive optical parts found in traditional document cameras. The result is a patented, new form factor that’s compact, portable, durable and affordable. In summary, the HoverCam does more and costs schools less.

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