InSight is a telescope and nightlight that evokes curiosity to educate children about space.
UNDER THE HOOD
1 - focus / eyepiece, 2 - back panel, 3 - PCB, 4 - collimation screws, 5 - mirrors
The telescope uses a reflector system. The back panel (2) can be removed to access the collimation screws (4) for mirror adjustment. The eyepiece (1) is interchangable for different magnifications.
The form of the telescope was inspired by the cometary orbits around the sun.
The telescope comes in three colors: Galaxy BLUE, Space WHITE, and BLACK Matter. The three color variations convey a sense of mystery by displaying either a gradient color change or a gradient from glossy to matte.
THROUGH THE LENS (AUTO MODE)
Using the iPad app, the child selects an object in space that sparks his/her interest. Insight then uses GPS coordinates to align the telescope with the object. Once the child clicks the center of the control panel, information about the sighting is displayed on the screen.
The blue indicating arrows along the perimeter of the screen shows new sightings that can be viewed at that exact moment. After the arrow is selected using the control panel, the telescope aligns itself with the new object.
Insight's lithium polymer battery has a lifetime of up to 7 hours, allowing InSight to be suitable for outdoor viewing.
Infinity Mode allows the user to manually explore the skies. The low magnification lens is perfect for finding constellations and star clusters.
Scrolling clockwise or counter-clockwise on the contol panel hides or shows annotations. The center button is clicked once to display facts about the constellations onto the iPad.
By double clicking the center of the control panel, the planet is projected from the nightlight, allowing the child to hold the planet in his/her hands. The tangible connection created between the child and outer space takes the experience beyond looking through a lens.
The two forms are held together by a magnetic mechanism. The planet can be hung anywhere from the ceiling to the child's bed frame. This decorative element not only acts as a beautiful nightlight, but as a constant reminder of what is out there in space.
Visual cues are taken from the modes section of the telescope. The intensity of the light can be adjusted by sliding the ribbed ring clockwise or counter-clockwise.