Can I use my iPad with my HoverCam?
“Can I use iPads with document cameras?” We get this question all the time. Some people believe that it is a choice between one or the other but in reality they complement each other. For example, some customers think that because an the iPad has a camera, it replaces a visualizer but the HoverCam is a different type of device than the iPad. This is great but you do not want to hold the iPad indefinitely over a document while teaching a lesson. You could construct some kind of stand to hold your iPad and use it as a makeshift document camera but now you no longer would use it as an iPad for reading, browsing the web, checking email or any number of applications. You would be building a very expensive, jury-rigged HoverCam. (Also, if it is not stable it may topple and cost you the iPad.) The best thing to do is what we have seen at numerous schools across the country — use both together.
Tips for using iPads with Document Cameras
Under the HoverCam, an iPad appears with crystal clarity, much in the same way it looks to your eye. However, there are some tips to follow when using iPads with document cameras. The iPad’s screen has a glossy surface that can reflect overhead lights. If you do decide to show your iPad under your HoverCam, you will not want to use the built-in LED lights and you may want to turn off of the overhead lights, if possible. If this is not possible, you can sometimes eliminate hot spots caused by overhead lighting by tipping your iPad at an angle under the camera. For example, you might place a small object (like an eraser or a pen) underneath the iPad near the top or bottom of the device. When light hits the reflective surface at an angle, it will no longer directly shine into the HoverCam’s lens.
By the way, these tips are not exclusively just for using iPads with document cameras. Our products work with any tablet – Apple, Android, Kindle, Nook, etc.
To learn more about HoverCam document cameras, click here.