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Device Cameras

A handheld device camera from Ovo Studios is the most flexible device camera you can purchase. It is incredibly lightweight at about 132g for the gantry and base and about 55g for the camera with an HD USB 2.0 camera. See what handheld device interactions look like from the perspective of our device camera.
Sample Video: Original .WMV | Low-res Flash.

Dimensions for all components are customizable and the armature system and base can be designed to support devices of any shape or size. Furthermore, the flat base can be tailored to the width of the slimmest of handheld devices, or it can be enlarged if you would like to support a tablet.

In the picture at right, an iPhone is mounted on the base of the gantry. Our custom gantry and device-attachment mechanism give you the flexibility to mount and capture any handheld device, even challenging ones like flip phones.

If you have a standard Ovo Studios fixed lab running Ovo Logger, an Ovo Studios Device Camera will integrate into your usability lab architecture and will be selectable as a video source via software just like any other camera in your lab. You can even use the webcam manufacturer's software to control Pan/Tilt/Zoom.

Custom Fabrication

One of our customers needed to usability test some point-of-sale hardware in London and they needed to capture the user's face too. They needed to test in a taxi where the only place to clamp the armature was the Plexiglas divider that separates the driver from the passenger. The picture at right is a custom armature we fabricated to support two cameras for their specific use case. Feel free to let us know of any special considerations you have for you device camera when you order it. Chances are we will be able to fabricate them at no extra charge.

Are You Sure You Need a Device Camera? 

As much as we would like to sell you a device camera, there are three popular alternatives to buying a device camera from Ovo Studios.

  1. If your lab has a ceiling camera, chances are you can monitor user interactions with handheld devices using the ceiling camera. 
    1. Fasten the device to an angled support and then zoom your ceiling camera in all the way. An "angled support" can be as simple as piece of 2x4 lumber that is cut to an appropriate slope; you can paint it if you want to get fancy. Velcro with an adhesive backing can be purchased at any fabric store and is a good way to fasten devices to the angled support.
    2. Use masking tape to mark the area on the user's desk that the zoomed-in camera is filming. Then, instruct users to keep their hands and the device within that area while they are working.
       
  2. Some folks are happy to put a camera on a tripod that shoots over a user's shoulder. In this setup, you could dedicate a team member to manually keeping the device in view or you could try using a remote pan/tilt/zoom camera to keep up with the user.
  3. You can make your own device camera. Google demonstrated a "home made" device camera at the 2009 STC conference in Boston. It was a small USB webcam fastened to one end of a piece of wire that looked like coat hanger wire. The other end of the wire was fastened to a base.