|Product / Service||TINYMOS ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY CAMERA|
|Category||F02. Well-being, Environmental Impact & Solution|
|Entrant||Y&R SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE|
|Idea Creation||Y&R SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE|
|Idea Creation 2||TINYMOS Singapore, SINGAPORE|
|PR||TINYMOS Singapore, SINGAPORE|
|Boon Kheng Tan||Y&R Singapore||Art Director|
|De Neng Lim||Y&R Singapore||Copywriter|
|Viraj Chouhan||Y&R Singapore||Senior Copywriter|
|Benjamin Tan||Y&R Singapore||Junior Art Director|
|Gerald Jian||Y&R Singapore||Junior Copywriter|
|Jabez Koh||Y&R Singapore||Intern|
|Chen Junyang/Grey Tan||TinyMOS||Chief Executive Officer|
|Chia Lih Wei||TinyMOS||Chief Technology Officer|
|Ashprit Singh Arora||TinyMOS||Chief Operating Officer|
|Raphael Goh||TinyMOS||Content Manager|
|Titan Lee||TinyMOS||Growth Hacker|
|Marcus Rebeschini||Y&R Asia||Executive Creative Director|
|Komal Bedi Sohal||Y&R Singapore||Chief Creative Officer, Singapore|
The world of astrophotography generally has a high cost of entry. TinyMOS aims to bring astrophotography to the masses by creating a camera that is portable, packed with technology and easy to use. The interactive Star Map is a unique interface to easily locate and shoot celestial objects. It shows you the stars and constellations in real time and has a search function built in to guide you. This the world’s first camera designed specifically to take high resolution pictures of the stars and celestial objects. The patented noise reduction algorithm, high-fidelity back-illuminated sensor and interactive Star Map makes astrophotography a point and shoot experience that fits in your pocket.
The TinyMOS camera was creating keeping ease of use and portability in mind while maintaining power. The tiny 113mm x 69mm x 22mm frame is packed with top-of-the-line technology like: An interactive Star Map that shows the location of stars and constellations in real time with a build in search function to guide the user. A lens adapter that lets you connect any conventional lens to the camera or even mount it on a telescope to capture images of planets. A back illuminated sensor that is twice as good as conventional sensors in converting light to signal allowing for higher fidelity images. A patent-pending noise reduction algorithm built into the camera that self calibrates and reduces noise effectively. An aircraft-grade aluminum mono-body that keeps the technology protected while acting as a heat sink to reduce thermal noise.
TinyMOS was lauded by photography experts and the news media alike. We were featured on CNBC and ABC7 will featured episodes. Photography blogs like (names) gave us featured articles and glowing reviews. Technology blogs like Mashable, Stuff, etc. took us viral around the world. A small camera that started in Singapore, created a big bang in the world of astrophotography, becoming a coveted item for amateurs and professionals. Most importantly, we achieved our original vision while building the TinyMOS. At a low price of USD500 and a weight of 700gms, we created a camera that was 3 times cheaper and 7 times lighter than traditional astrophotography equipment. So far, we have raised USD$330,000 funding from angel investors and the Singapore government programme to foster innovation.
TinyMOS changed the world of photography by turning every lay stargazer into an expert astrophotographer. We not only created a new product that was coveted by amateurs and geeks alike, we broke the rules that dictated astrophotography. By creating a compact, easy-to-use and affordable package, we caught the eye of news channels around the world. CNBC, ABC7 and local news channels called us in for interviews in the studio while photography and tech blogs like Mashable and Stuff gave us glowing reviews. In the end, the most important achievement was reigniting the passion for astrophotography in stargazers around the world.
While building the TinyMOS camera, our strategy came from the challenge of changing the world of astrophotography. We set out to break the two main barriers – expensive equipment and expert knowledge. With this in mind, we brought the team together to build a portable camera with high performance and lower cost than entry-level astrophotography equipment. The camera was designed keeping the amateur photographer in mind. The technology was designed to fulfill even professional photographers. But the main target audience for TinyMOS has always been the lay stargazers and to turn them into astrophotography experts.