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Like No Other Teaching Tool.

The HoverCam T3 started a technology revolution in education as the world’s first high-resolution USB document camera. Not just the first, it remains the best. We engineered the T3 to leverage the processing power of the computer so it no longer needs the large and expensive optical parts found in traditional document cameras. This resulted in a new form factor that’s compact, portable and affordable. Moreover, with our strength as a software developer, we gave the T3 and all our products HoverCam Flex software to scan, record voice & video, remote conference and manage files which is why the T3 is so much more than just a “document camera."

Cutting Edge Software

The HoverCam T3 includes HoverCam Flex software, recognized as the best software of any “document camera” and a reason why more than 100,000 T3s are used in classrooms and offices today. Whether you are recording a lesson or dropping a scanned image into interactive whiteboard software or a PowerPoint presentation, HoverCam Flex makes it easy.

Since the HoverCam T3 document camera has a telescoping neck, as opposed to a goose-neck design, when lowering the camera, you do not need to reposition the item beneath it. With a goose-neck design, the lower the camera moves, the further away from the camera’s base it goes. With the HoverCam T3, there is no need to adjust the document under the camera when using its mechanical zoom.


HoverCam Flex Software Features Include:

  • Integration with leading interactive whiteboards
  • Audio and Video Recording
  • Screen Recording / Screen Capture
  • Annotation
  • Picture-in-Picture using a 2nd camera
  • 360 degree Image Rotation
  • Auto White Balance, Brightness Control, Contrast, Saturation
  • Freeze Frame
  • 16X SmoothZoom™ digital zoom
  • Scroll and Pan
  • Archive Manager to manage files
  • OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
  • Drag-and-Drop images or videos
  • Straightening and Auto Straightening
  • Time-Lapse Photography
  • Motion Trigger Scanning
  • HoverCam Connect™ Video Conferencing
  • SlingShot™ to insert live camera images into other programs without leaving the program
  • Upload to Evernote, Dropbox, YouTube, Facebook
  • MSI Installation, and more

Our software license allows HoverCam Flex to be installed on every computer at the location where the HoverCam is used, so that the T3 may be shared (although we feel the price is right for everyone to have their own). The software is embedded in flash memory inside the product, so it’s not necessary to download it from the Internet nor install with CD. In addition, for school customers, each T3 includes a one year license of our GradeCentralgrading and assessment software, free to try for one year.

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Superb Image Quality.

The HoverCam T3 incorporates a 3 megapixel high-resolution sensor that produces digitally enhanced, crisp, clear images typically found in document cameras three times the price. The depth of field of the T3 is large and the focus is fixed, which means T3 images remain in focus even with hand movement under the camera and when the camera arm is lowered.

Many other document cameras send your images out of focus every time there is movement under the camera. The focus ring allows for constant focus that does not need to be adjusted every time an object moves under the camera.

The T3 includes our patent pending video LiveZoom™ technology that allows users to smoothly and rapidly zoom in and out in real-time with the spin of a mouse wheel. Combined with the ability to click and drag the displayed image as needed, users have maximum versatility to move images and zoom when presenting or teaching.

Record Audio and Video -- Upload to the Cloud.

The HoverCam T3 includes a built-in microphone and our software allows users to record video with audio directly to the computer’s hard drive. In a flipped classroom, the T3 allows any instructor to easily and quickly create instructional videos. After recording, our software allows videos to be uploaded directly to Evernote, Dropbox, YouTube, Facebook and Picasa, or instructors may upload files to their website for student review at any time.

Save Desk Space.

The T3’s compact design and small foot-print takes up very little desk space when compared to traditional document cameras. As such, the T3 can remain on a teacher’s desk at all times and is always available to use to make a quick scan, record a video or use for instruction. The T3 is designed with a telescoping body, so that it can be compressed into a narrow shape about one foot long making it easy to move from room to room, store in a drawer or put in a carry bag to use at a remote location. It includes a Kensington-style lock slot to deter theft.

Built-in LED Lights

The T3 incorporates inexpensive, long-lasting LED lights so it can be used in a dark classroom for years. For the price of a replacement lamp of “traditional document cameras,” you could simply buy a new T3.

See the Finest Details

Did you know there’s hidden text on the back of a $5 bill? See it with the T3 using our 16X LiveZoom™ and 3X mechanical zoom. Although you’ll save money with the T3 compared to other document cameras, you’ll get the highest quality instructional technology for your school

Anti-Theft Feature

Since the HoverCam is so portable – one of its key advantages -- we engineered a Kensington-compatible security slot into the unit so the T3 can be secured with an optional Kensington-style lock.

Each HoverCam T3 Includes: T3 camera, 1.3 meter USB cable, positioning mat, carrying pouch, Quick Start Guide. One year standard warranty. Two year warranty with registration for schools.


Software Specifications



Audio and Video Recording Unlimited AVI files saved directly to hard drive, Picture-in-Picture
Sensor Recording Select region on any screen to record
Annotation Freehand, Text, Highlighter, Answer Mask, Shapes
Picture-in-Picture Display and/or record PIP from a second video camera
Interactive White BoardIntegration -Share live video on SmartBoard, Promethean, eBeam, Mimio into IWB
Included through easy Drag-and-Drop• Twain Driver
Image Rotation 360 degrees
Controls Auto White Balance, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Freeze Frame
Zoom and Scroll Patent Pending 16X Smooth Digital
Operating Systems -Windows XP/Vista/7
-Mac Intel/PPC OS X 10.5+
MSI Included
Archive Manager - Full file management, importing and exporting of files
-Stacking/Collating multiple files into PDF or TIFF
OCR Included with Text-to-Speech
Drag-and-Drop Images or Video Files Patent Pending Fast-Action Drag-and-Drop of any video or image files
Auto-Straightening Included
Auto-Cropping Automatic trimming enables quick batch scanning
Time Lapse Photography Take Ssapshots at user specified time intervals and save as PDF of TIFF
HoverCam Connect -Enables user to share a common virtual whiteboard
-Annotation from multiple users over shared video feed
-Highly interactive distance learning
3rd Party Collaborative Work Environment Integration with Skype, WebEx, GoToMeeting, through screen sharing with Picture-in-Picture

Hardware Specifications



Sensors 3 Megapixel HD CMOS Active Pixels Digital Image Sensor
Optical Format 1/2.5 inch
Image Resolution 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 1024,
1024 x 768, 800 x 600, 640 x 480
Frame Rate Max 30 FPS
Video Compression MJPG, YUY2
Power Requirements 12 volt DC
Communication Interface USB Powered, No External Power Required
System Requirements CPU 1.0GHz Minimum, 1.6GHz Recommended,
RAM 512MB Minimum, 1GB Recommended
Zoom 16X Digital, 2.5X Mechanical
Scan Size A4 or US Letter Size
Lighting 6 Built-in LED Lights
Height and Weight 21” Extended, 13” Collapsed, 1.8 lb
Dimesions (W x D x H) 5“ x 4” x 13“ - 21”
Connections Required 1 USB 2.0 Cable to the computer
Warranty 2 year with registration, optional 5 year extended warranty
Microphone Included
Accessories 5 ft USB Cable, Scanning Mat, Velvet Carrying Pouch
Certifications FCC, CE, RoH
HoverCam Document Cameras are Aeries Analytics™ compatible.

What new technology is coming to the document camera world?+

Document cameras are great tools to engage students in learning. They are often also called visualizers (visualisers in Europe). This is because they do a great job in presenting materials teachers present in live video and still images. With document cameras, teachers can create highly interactive learning experiences. For this reason, document cameras are becoming an essential and indispensible tool for virtually every teacher, especially in the United States. Teachers in many European countries are also learning about the benefit of document cameras and increasingly adopting them.

However, document camera technology is also entering’s second decade since it’s first creation. Little has changed in the past. That’s until recently, newer technologies that can fundamentally improve the functionality and performance are finally taking place and changing the landscape. HoverCam document camera technologies are leading that charge.

Ultra High Resolution

Traditionally, document cameras imaging was driven by CCD or CMOS sensors that have 300K to 1.0 million pixels (also known as MegaPixels). Such low resolution is no comparison to higher grade sensors found in consumer oriented digital cameras. To compensate resolution, document camera manufacturers typically use optical lenses to zoom in on objects to see more clearly. The price to pay for optical lens enhanced clarity is in…well, the price of document cameras. They were just too expensive.

HoverCam first pioneered the concept of using ultra high resolution sensors of minimum 3.0 MegaPixel, while reaching as high 10+ or even 20+ MegaPixels. By leveraging pixel density, a great degree of gain in clarity is achieved.

HoverCam Solo 5 and T5 deliver great image resolution, while HoverCam Solo 8 break new ground by delivering industry’s first 4K level image resolution.

Because the gain in clarity is achieved through higher pixel resolution, the cost of making HoverCam’s is lower than making an optical based document camera. HoverCam has since won accolades in offering educators unprecedented clarity and performance at dramatically reduced bargain prices. Our document camera’s price performance level is virtually unmatched.

Full Motion Video

If one can make a document camera with just high resolution, life would have been easier. Today’s classroom is a highly interactive learning environment. When resolution of sensors go up, video speed unfortunately often suffers. It was commonplace to see document camera products costing between $600 to $1,000 only delivers 15 to 20 frames every second (often at less than HD video resolution) only a few years ago.

HoverCam’s next generation video technology broke the barrier of speed. HoverCam document cameras now routinely delivers 30 frames per second while maintaining 8 megapixel level image resolution. For lower resolution HD video, users can benefit from life like 60 frame per second video.

Today’s document cameras are born in the age of lightening fast internet era, like the HoverCam, they must empower teachers so that they can teach truly at the speed of learning.

Smarter Cameras

Today’s document cameras also integrated significant intelligence so that teacher can do a lot more than before.

It used to be that teachers can only work with a few button on a document camera’s control panel. Little real time interaction with the video was possible. The latest document camera, like the HoverCam Solo 8, is couple with a full PC or Mac through a single USB 3.0 or 2.0 cord. This allows the full computing power of a PC to be available for teachers as real time document camera video is shown on a PC screen. Instead a few hard to understand buttons and awkward menu items, teachers can simply use the camera the same way of using any PC software. Computer mouse, touch screen, and Graphical User Interface on PC or Mac apps, are all at the fingertip of users now. Users can easily add annotation marks right on live video. Other interactions in live video mode are also easily achievable. Student test results can be graded automatically within seconds as a teacher simply flip through a stack of answer sheets. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) also converts the captured images into editable text giving static images a whole new life.

Document camera now has a brand new meaning. In fact, it doesn’t even do it just to call something like the HoverCam Solo 8 a document camera anymore.

USB 3.0

Interactive White Boards (IWBs) must be used today with a PC or Mac. A document camera is a great companion for a IWB. Both can be used in conjunction if both are plugged into USB ports of a computer.

Every single model of HoverCam document cameras has the ability to be plugged into a USB port of a computer and delivers great video.

USB2.0 was the industry’s workhorse technology. It offers great compatibility. However, when it comes to USB Video, USB3.0 is far superior. USB3.0 is also known as SuperSpeed USB3.0 is blazing fast. A USB document camera like the HoverCam Solo 8 delivers flawlessly smooth HD video on just about any PC or Mac computer.

Smaller and Better

By eliminating the dependency on telephoto optical lenses, weight and bulk can be significantly reduced.

Traditionally, document cameras take up large surface areas. In most classrooms, desk or podium surface space is precious.

Today’s high quality document cameras are made with remarkably high level of craftsmanship with highly compact footprint. The HoverCam Mini 5 takes on a form factor that is no bigger than a chocolate bar but packed in awesome high performance as a full featured document camera with 5MP resolution and 20+fps HD video.

So, smaller is better.


Let’s face it, when you have a document camera that can capture high resolution images at full motion speed, you will want to record the whole class. In fact, your document camera should be capturing your teaching all day long. You should be recording HD video for hours and hours without creating too much of a bloated file. The HoverCam Solo 8 for example can be connected to a PC or Mac directly, and recording of video from the document camera can be stored right on the computer’s hard disk drive. At 2GB per hour, you could record 100 hours of video and barely take up more than a fraction of the whole hard drive.