IDmyBUG® - mobile magnification & identification system

The IDmyBUG® mobile unit utilizes best-of-breed, commercial off-the-shelf technology to quickly & easily capture and send images of pest specimens to an expert entomologist who examines those pictures and in return generates a written evaluation and assessment of the sample. Response times from image capture to final identification and evaluation of the images is generally within a matter of hours.

IDmyBUG® utilizes a high resolution, portable microscope that communicates and sends its images wirelessly to an Apple iPod touch, iPad or iPhone mobile computing device. The user then submits those images via a mobile forms data entry software program to the IdentifyUS customer support site  where the specimen is quickly processed, documented and acted on.  Individual specimen evaluations are performed by trained experts skilled at insect identification. 

Components of IDmyBUG® field data collection & reporting

IDmyBUG® utilizes two pieces of hardware – a wireless-enabled digital microscope called the ProScope Mobile and an Apple iPod® touch, iPad®, or iPhone® mobile computing device. The ProScope Mobile creates its own Wi-Fi network to simultaneously share its images among multiple Apple iOS compatible mobile devices. View high-resolution live video and capture magnified still images to send to an expert who will identify just what it is you are looking at. Use it in the field, in the classroom, in the lab, in a patient exam, or anywhere else.

ProScope Mobile includes a free program that can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store called AirMicro (for iPhone/iPod touch) and AirMicroPad (for the iPad). This app is used to view and share images among mobile devices. ProScope Mobile users can view live images, freeze them and capture them to the Photo Album on their mobile device. For Apple users, the photos go directly into iPhoto when the mobile device is synced with a desktop or laptop computer. The ProScope Mobile allows someone in the field or at a remote site to examine specimens on site without destroying a sample to transport to a lab. ProScope Mobile users can select from a wide variety of lens magnifications from 0-10X, 30X, 50X, 100X, 200X and 400X. There are also adapters for analog microscopes.

IdentifyUS recommends Apple iOS mobile devices as part of the IDmyBUG® solution. If you already have one of these devices, you can purchase the ProScope Mobile unit separately, otherwise a bundled solution is the way to go.

The iPod® touch makes an excellent low-cost, mobile field data collection, magnification and data communications system. Thanks to the Retina display, everything you see and do on an iPod touch looks amazing. That’s because the Retina display’s pixel density is so high your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels. Which means images and photos pop off the screen. Text in books, web pages, and email is crisp at any size. And everything is sharper - a perfect combination for pest species identification! 

The Retina display includes LED backlighting and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen for the best viewing and battery life possible. So you can focus on more important things, like capturing true and accurate pictures and/or video of your presumed pest. 

iPod touch captures video with two built-in cameras. It shoots amazing HD 720p video from the back camera. And with its advanced backside illumination sensor, it captures beautiful footage even in low-light settings. Oftentimes the backside camera is suitable for sending specimen images without the magnification provided by a ProScope. IdentifyUS also offers add-on magnification products that will work with the iPod touch’s built-in camera, however, for most applications the ProScope Mobile is the preferred choice due to its wide range of lens options, integrated wireless imaging, and superior quality.

On the front of the iPod touch, the other built-in camera is perfect for making FaceTime calls to IdentifyUS support staff and resident experts, but is less useful for specimen evaluations. The built-in microphone can be used to record conversations or audio notes as well. As images are captured and stored on the iPod touch, a forms data entry application supplied by IdentifyUS lets you enter additional information about the specimen you are capturing and transmits it via the built-in WiFi capabilities of the mobile device to a secure web hosted database.

iOS 4 is highly secure from the moment you turn on your iPod touch. All apps run in a safe environment, so a website or app can’t access data from other apps. iOS 4 supports encrypted network communication to protect your sensitive information. To guard your privacy, apps requesting location information must get your permission first. You can set a passcode lock to prevent unauthorized access to your device and configure iPod touch to delete all your data after too many unsuccessful passcode attempts. And in case your iPod touch is lost or stolen, Find My iPod touch allows you to locate it on a map and remotely delete all your data. If you get it back, you can restore everything from your last backup.

All communications with IdentifyUS web services are protected by SSL (Secure Socket Layer) security so that transmission of images and data is never compromised. Payments to IdentifyUS are made via a secure electronic PayPal account or are encrypted as authorized credit card payments through our secure merchant gateway.

iPad®

iPad® – like the iPod touch, the Apple iPad offers a superior mobile computing experience and integrates seamlessly with the ProScope Mobile device for larger-than-life image capture and display. The all new iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter, so it feels even more comfortable in your hands. Even with the new thinner and lighter design, iPad has the same amazing 10-hour battery life. That’s enough juice for an entire day of field work, or for processing and sending images all day from a laboratory setting.

You’ll see two cameras on the iPad — one on the front and one on the back, just like on the iPod touch. They may be tiny, but they’re a big deal. The front camera puts you and IdentifyUS experts face-to-face via the built-in FaceTime app – imagine being able to videoconference with IdentifyUS while we evaluate your specimen online! Switch to the back camera during your video call to share where you are, what you’re looking at and what’s going on around you. The back camera supports still or moving pictures and the video you generate is in HD, so whatever you shoot will be relatively high resolution. If that’s not detailed enough, fire up the ProScope Mobile to transmit and display high-resolution magnified, microscopic images directly on the iPad screen wirelessly!

iPad is one big, beautiful display — 9.7 inches of high-resolution photos, movies, web pages, books, and more. LED backlighting makes everything you see remarkably crisp, vivid, and bright. Even in places with low light, like the corners of a room where creatures may be lurking. And there’s no wrong way to hold iPad. It’s designed to show off everything in portrait and landscape modes, so with every turn (even upside down), the display adjusts to fit. Because it uses a display technology called IPS (in-plane switching), it has a wide, 178° viewing angle. Hold it up to someone across the room, or share it with someone sitting next to you, and everyone gets a brilliant view.

Every iPad is built with advanced 802.11n wireless technology. It automatically finds Wi-Fi networks, like the one that connects your ProScope device and which you can join with a few taps to send your data and images straight to IdentifyUS. iPad is also available with 3G connectivity on either AT&T or Verizon Wireless networks. So if you’re somewhere without Wi-Fi, such as outdoors in a remote location, you can still send IdentifyUS images and receive a detailed reply as long as you are within a cellular coverage area.

IdentifyUS Specimen Evaluation Form

A ProScope Mobile magnifier combined with an Apple iOS tablet computer creates a very compelling mobile field data collection and reporting platform. Using the built-in WiFi connectivity features of these devices, and mobile forms data entry software provided by IdentifyUS, anyone can quickly and easily send images and data via the Internet to an expert entomologist who will provide a well qualified answer as to the type of creature you are interested in identifying. IdentifyUS has no commercial affiliation with manufacturers of pest control products or with pest control companies. We bring objective and unbiased third party expertise to the table to help our customers identify and manage pest related problems.

We examine digital images you upload electronically to us and/or the actual items of interest that you physically send to us. We then provide you with answers and guidance from recognized experts in their respective fields. Currently, we will identify insects such as bed bugs, head lice, louse eggs (‘nits’), fleas, beetles, flies, wasps, moths and ants, as well as ticks and mites. We are expanding our network of experts and expect to be able to offer a wider range of identification services in the near future. For more information, please contact us.

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