Yesterday, November 26th, 2013, I received my NeoLucida in the mail. Pablo and Golan have done an amazing job of creating a brand new product and having it arrive early. Not sure what a NeoLucida is, or who Pablo and Golan are? Check out: The NeoLucida
Besides being a big fan of camel casing, I, like Pablo and Golan have a love of all things optical. Having written the Camera Lucida iphone app, I just also HAD to get in on the NeoLucida Kickstarter project from the very beginning.
At this point I’d love to do a review of their Camera Lucida, but since I’m most likely biased, I’m going to take a different approach. I’m sure that someone reading this has also ordered or already received a NeoLucida. If you contact me via email at pete@cameraLucidaApp.com, I’ll send you an iTunes redeem code to get the app for free if you’d like to do a comparison yourself. Just be one of the first 10 people to respond! I’ll update this post if I get too many volunteers. (Update: Dec 20th, I handed out about 20 codes to folks. I hope you enjoyed it!)
While I’m not going to do a review, I would like to offer my first impressions! So, here goes:
Packaging & Presentation:
My NeoLucida arrived in a classy white box with high quality graphics. Unboxing the NeoLucida I was reminded of Apple products where quite a bit of thought goes into making a great first impression. Honestly, “impeccable” is the only word that does this product’s quality of packaging and delivery justice. From the individually packaged prisms to the branded drawing pencil and carry case, the NeoLucida made me really feel like I had gotten quite a bargin. I don’t exactly recall the name of the funding level I selected, but I believe it was the $47 package. This came with the two extra prisms in case I want to build my own or have spares.
Using the NeoLucida
As Pablo and Golan have pointed out in several of their email updates; as well as multiple times in their instructions, “look straight down”! Setting up the NeoLucida so that it was clamped to my table took about 10 seconds. I set up an old typewriter in front of it, adjusted the prism at the proper 45 degree angle and took my first look.
The prism is small, but finding the overlaid image was easy to do and within just a few brief moments I found myself adjusting focus and viewing angle to optimize the presentation of both the drawing surface and my still-life typewriter in front of me. Here are a couple of photos of the device in use. Getting a good shot of what it looks like to look through the prism is tough, to say the least, but I tried anyway!
Ok, so that bottom picture leaves a lot to be desired. ;)
After I had set up the NeoLucida, I used it to make some drawings. At this point, I’d love to hear from others on this topic, so I think I’ll open this post to public comments.
Last word: Congratulations, Pablo and Golan! Well executed!