We love seeing meaningful projects reach their Kickstarter funding goals, and we really love it when those projects involve innovative, high performance technology—like Radian, a motion time-lapse device and smartphone app aimed at bringing pricey photography equipment to a wider audience. Normally a remote timer alone costs around $130, but Radian is set to sell for just $125. As a completely self-contained product you don't even need a tripod, let alone the cabling. That's partially because Radian's inventors have streamlined the manufacturing process, but also because if you use an iPhone or Android you already own the remote timer, no tethering required.
The device itself is a traditional tripod mount (though it also works alone on a tabletop), but the real genius here is in the app. The easy-to-use interface allows you to program tilt direction and speed; The app will even automatically change the exposure so you can shoot seamlessly from sunrise to sunset. And not only can you exit the app during the time-lapse, you can even turn your phone off without interrupting the process.
"To make things even simpler, our app makes valuable real time calculations - giving you a good feel for what the resulting time-lapse would be based on your settings. This allows you to quickly and easily adjust your settings to get your desired output while simultaneously saving you multiple trips to the calculator app.We have integrated bramping (bulb-ramping for smooth night-day-night transitions, currently only for Canon cameras), speed ramping, and a range of time-delay settings. Our app combined with Radian allows you to take on previously difficult feats, such as day-to-night and sunrise-to-sunset time-lapses."However, the only way Radian can retail for $125 is if it gets at least 1,250 pre-orders. If you back the project for $150 or more (all the $125 slots are sold out) you're preordering your own Radian, which you can expect in the mail in January, 2013. Pledge more than $150 and you get bonus goodies like camera cables, usb chargers or an L-bracket camera mount for vertical tilt time-lapses.
When Perrin isn't scouting the best new design talent for Core77, or working as the Products Editor of The Architect's Newspaper, or writing for Cool Hunting, Design Applause, Print Magazine, Frieze and The Paris Review, she's trying to put her MFA in Fiction from Vermont College to good use.