Smartphones have spoiled us
Three young engineers that happen to be photo enthusiasts and photographers set out to solve the expensive problem of adding functions to a camera in the form of a remote. The Trigger Happy Camera Remote is a patent-pending camera remote to control your DSLR or high-end point-and-shoot camera with an iOS or Android device and comes with a one meter cable to connect your smartphone to your camera, and also comes with the app (both iOS and Android).
The remote offers a simple camera trigger which takes one click of a giant red button on your smartphone screen, as well as the ability to hold down that same button for longer exposures. It offers an intervalometer that anyone can understand, even beginners. HDR mode is offered through the app, as is bramping (bulb ramping) for time-lapses from day to night.
The team mentions other features in development:
- A way to trigger the camera when the accelerometer data of the phone changes.
- Face detection. When a face enters the phone’s view, the camera can fire.
- Lightning detection.
- Audio waveform detection.
- Supported Devices
Trigger Happy solves so many problems beginner photographers face by making things so simple, but also tackles professional problems, particularly with time lapse video. The features currently offered are a game changer because they’re affordable, streamlined, and insanely simple to use and understand.
Making it to market
Kickstarter.com is “the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects,” wherein projects are posted to the site and anyone with a credit card can pledge money to fund the projects, but the twist is that a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands because “creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.” The site also allows project creators to keep 100 percent ownership over their work and offer products and incentives in return for pledges.
Trigger Happy has accomplished a quarter of their fundraising goal on Kickstarter and have under two months to go, so they will need the support to achieve funding in order to make it to production. The project is open for backers, starting at $5, and pledges of $50 and over get in on the remote for less than it will retail, plus they help the company reach their goals – win/win.