iBowSight (The Bow Sight for the iPhone Age)



   iBowSight is an engineering masterpiece that combines industry leading metal fabrication, high end electronics, customized software, bow hunting knowledge, and the next level user interface to form a solid performing high tech, high precision, video capable bow sight.  iBowSight utilizes the  iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S,  iBowSight App, bracket system, and a lens correction system.   Together they transform into a bow sight with capabilities never seen before in the archery world. In a nut shell, iBowSight consists of four components: an iBowSight bracket, an iPhone 4/4S, the iBowSight App, and a lens correction system.  These four components not only provide a cutting edge bow sight to the archer, but at the same time allow the archer to record important moments via the iBowSight App which can then be uploaded and shared (depending on network service). In the near future, with the optional accessories, the current iBowSight can have these additional powerful capabilities: auto range finding, night vision, thermal imaging, and target acquisition with an instant shooting solution.  In other words, your current iBowSight investment is not just a bow sight as all of the previously mentioned capabilities can be added on top of our current iBowSight design.  For the current version, the features are detailed in the application section below..
   The iPhone 4 /4S is the only suitable device that will work with iBowSight as other iOS based devices such as the iPod Touch / previous version iPhones do not have the necessary speed or camera to run the iBowSight App effectively.  iPhone5 , 5c, and 5s all will not work with iBowSight as the iPhone 5 series' outer dimension will not fit the iBowSight bracket.  The iPhone 5 is too tall / long to be used conveniently on a normal bow.  The iPhone 5 series’ outer shell also does not have a stainless band like the iPhone 4 series which can cause the outer shell of the phone to be damaged when installed onto the bracket.  On January 15, 2013 it was awarded US Patent 8,353,455.
    To see the difference between iBowSight and conventional bow sight, please check the table below.

Function

iBowSight

Conventional bow sight

Number of bows the sight will work on

As many bows as possible as long as memory is available with profile set and the bracket is installed on the bows (iPhone can be moved from one bow to another bow.)

Only 1 bow as tuned and can only work on that specific bow

Pin color, type and number

Colors: 2.6 million choices
Type: over 9 choices and many more to come.
Number: from 1 to 7 pins

Color: Only 1 set as bought
Type: dot
Number: as bought

Video

High quality 720 p (iPhone 4) / 1080 p (iPhone 4s)

Not available

Communication

Simultaneously functions as a bow sight and communication device (via Bluetooth headset, Facebook, etc.)

Not available

Fine Adjustments

0.003 inch increments (digital adjustment on screen)

Physical adjustment (precision depending on manufacturers)

Digital Zoom

Available from 1.0X based on internal optics to 4.0X based on an increment of 0.01X

Not available

Axis adjustment

3rd axis adjustment is available to accommodate the most demanding and specific sight set up.

Availability according to manufacturers

Water level

Built in digital water level with fine adjustment (size and position of the water level adjustable on screen)

Availability according to manufacturers

Auto Sight Levels

Different ring colors to auto indicate sight level condition.  Example: One can set the ring color to be green when leveled and red when the bow is tilted.  Thus one can look at the ring color change instead of the water level to confirm if the bow is leveled.  The sensitivity of this indicator can be adjusted from 1 degree to as much as 20 degrees.

Not available (physically determined by the water level via naked eyes)

Bow Tilt Alert

A second level of bow tilt alert (a directional pointing arrow) is displayed when a set angle of bow tilt is reached.  With auto correction, an arrow will be shown to indicate the correction direction

Not available

Triangular Range Finder

Activated at minimum 12 ft off the ground and based on how high the shoulder position of the archer is, can be effective up to 70 yards accurately.

Not available

Auto Pin Movement

With range finder, move the pin position based on distance for instant shooting solution.

Not available

Ground Level Range Finder

Available (with optional future upgrade accessories installed)

Not available

Night Vision

Available (with optional future upgrade accessories installed)

Not available

Thermal Imaging

Available (with optional future upgrade accessories installed)

Not available


iBowSight Bracket
    An eight point bracket system has been engineered to quickly mount the iPhone 4/4S securely to a bow.  This bracket system allows the user to mount and remove the iPhone from the bracket in less than 15 seconds while maintaining the same position with high precision +/- 0.003” and under wide temperatures ranging from -4F to +120F.  Archers can purchase brackets for every bow that they own and simply remove and install their iPhone from one bow to another bow of their choice.  The iBowSight App allows users to create multiple profiles to meet the needs of the bow in use.  This means there is no need to reset the iBowSight App or to readjust your bracket as each profile can also be configured to the specific brand and length of arrow being shot.  The beauty of the profile system is that users have the ability to build and tune their specific profiles to within < 0.003” of an inch even under extreme temperatures and each saved profile can be recalled instantly time after time.  Simply, users just need to put the iPhone in the bracket, recall the specific profile, and the iBowSight is set for the particular bow.
    The iBowSight bracket has 5 vertical positions and 4 horizontal positions to allow the sight to be installed centered on almost any bow (depending on the precision of the bow).   The mounting bracket is pre-drilled to allow up to 3 bow mounting positions and has pre-tapped holes for a bow quiver.  Fine position adjustments are done within the iBowSight App (more details can be found in the iBowSight App section).  For future upgrades, the back of the bracket is also pre-drilled to accommodate future accessories and a removable accessory mounting bar comes standard with the iBowSight bracket too.
    To ensure durability, light weight, and good looks, the decision was made to have all fasteners of the iBowSight made of GR2 titanium, just like AeroRest.  All titanium fasteners will also be Torx.  Additionally, all titanium screws will be metric instead of SAE thread except the bow mounting screw which will be (10-24 T20).  The above decision proves again Firenock’s commitment to our customers to provide the finest archery equipment technically possible.
    The iBowSight bracket is available now and can be purchased via our web store or our authorized Pro Shop. The iBowSight bracket has been shipping since the middle of summer 2012 and is available at selected Firenock dealers.


iBowSight Bracket





iBowSight Lens
   For ultimate compatibility, the iBowSight bracket is pre-tapped to accept a standard screw mount lens system.  With this feature, iBowSight owners can pick and choose a wide variety of lenses such as: wide angle, fish eye, telephoto, optical correction, and even fully customized optics according to their preferences.  In the near future, Firenock will offer a one correction lens for both the iPhone 4 / 4S.  The lenses will be 5-layer, dual reflective Keplerian designed lenses which are typical refraction telescope lenses.  A Keplerian designed lens is chosen as a single focal plane producing a much better image quality at a low cost.
    One may worry that a single focal plane lens may provide a flipped, upside down and reversed left to right image on the screen.  This effect is corrected by the iBowSight App.  At present, a Galilean designed lens is offered as an interim solution.  The down side of the Galilean design is that it has no focal plane, thus these lenses cannot provide the highest quality images, but they are still good quality images provided at a very competitive price.  In order to balance the cost vs. performance and for your convenience, Firenock has sourced a budget correction lens (standard 8x telephoto lens) for $29.95 as a stand- alone product or as part of your iBowSight bracket purchase.
iBowSight Basic Lens

iBowSight App
    As planned and promised, the iBowSight App has been available on the iTunes AppStore since December 24th, 2011.  Here is the link to purchase the iBowSight App at the iTunes store [iBowSight].  The iBowSight App transforms the iPhone into a high precision bow sight.  It also leverages the iPhone’s advanced electronics and iOS 5 to make the iBowSight a hunting video camera which allows the archer to film every shot and store them into the internal memory of the iPhone.  The video is recorded in 720p and 1080p when using the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S respectively.
    A free update to iBowSight is available via download for current iBowSight users.  Due to the fact that v1.15 is significantly different from the previous version, please delete your old App and down load and install the new version.  The new features of v1.15 are described below:
  1. A Triangular range finder is part of the feature set of v1.15.  When activated, the yardage based on angle and height will be displayed in the middle of the screen right above the ring.  Just enter the height in feet from the archer's shoulder to the ground on the screen.  If the distance is less than 20 yards or the water level is tilted beyond the level 1 alert, messages like "out of range" or "unreliable" will be displayed instead of calculating the horizontal distance.  The height of the archer's shoulder to the ground as entered will always be displayed on the upper right hand corner just under the current profile name.
  2. A setting selection button is added to the profile description window to allow user to select single pin /multi pin sight configuration.
  3. A mode for single pin set up with slide tape is available.  This allows the user to switch between a single pin distance slide tape configuration and traditional multi-pin configuration.
  4. When in single pin mode, the current slide set position yardage will be displayed on the upper right hand corner of the screen notifying the user in what position the pin was last placed.
  5. When in single pin mode, a faint yellow line will be displayed on the furthest left edge of the screen.  By placing your finger on the yellow line, a slide bar will appear which shows choices of shape and color of pins along with preset distances.  As your finger moves up and down the yellow bar, the pin calculated yardage will be displayed to make selecting the specific yardage simple and effortless.
  6. The sight ring can be sized from 0.3” radius to an edge to edge radius of 2.1”.
  7. The sight ring has up to 2.6 million color choices.
  8. The sight ring can be micro-adjusted in increments of 5/652 and/or 3/326” depending on rounding.
  9. Each pin size can be adjusted from 0.012” radius to 0.240” radius.
  10. Each pin has up to 2.6 million color choices.
  11. Each pin can have its own shape besides a standard dot.  For version 1.0 there are a total of 9 shapes to start with.
  12. One can add up to 7 pins to the sight screen.
  13. There is a built in digital zoom from 1.0X based on internal optics to 4.0X based on an increment of 0.01X.
  14. 3rd axis adjustment is available to accommodate the most demanding and specific sight set up.
  15. Built in water level for visual bow leveling.  The thickness of the level can be adjusted and so can the location of the level.  By pinching the level one can make it thinner according to one's choice.
  16. Sight levels are indicated by different ring colors.  Example: One can set the ring color to be green (color A) when leveled and red (color B) when the bow is tilted.  Thus one can look at the ring color change instead of the water level to confirm if the bow is leveled.  The sensitivity of this indicator can be adjusted from 1 degree to as much as 20 degrees.
  17. A second level of bow tilt alert (a directional pointing arrow) is displayed when a set angle of bow tilt is reached.  Besides the change of ring color, an arrow will be shown to indicate the correction direction.
  18. One can have the option to set the sight as an automatic pendulum sight or one can set the pendulum from 0 to 90 degrees.  When set at 90 degrees, the sight is a full pendulum sight and only one pin will show until the sight is above 90 degrees.  When the pendulum is set at 0 degrees, it means the Pendulum sight is deactivated.  This feature allows the best of both systems.  In pendulum mode, the choice of sight pin shape and color are totally independent from the original pins, however, the reference position of the pendulum sight is still based on the first sight pin which usually is the 20 yard pin.  Therefore, setting the first pin in use is critical for the pendulum sight option to function properly.  The system also allows one to adjust the radius of the pendulum sight virtually so it can be adjusted to accommodate the slowest to fastest bow with no ill effects when one decides to use the full pendulum capability.  Even with the fastest bow on the market one has the ability to use a full pendulum to sight in at long yardages.
  19. Can hold up to thousands of storable profiles in memory (each profile can has its specific name, range finder setting including height, video instant on setting, pendulum on setting, bow name, arrow name, arrow length, point weight, and other parameters settings)
  20. Operational indicators: at the very middle top of the Application screen, there is room for 4 mini icons to show which options are active.  (Currently only 2 are available to the user in v1.10 to v1.15)
    • red dot: Recording function is on
    • blue pendulum: Pendulum function is on
    • yellow vibration line: Tilt vibration alert is on (not yet functional in this version)
    • white fan lines: Laser range finder in use (not yet functional in this version as accessories are needed)
  21. 100% iOS5.1 native, and fully supports iMessage, so when you receive a text message there is NO interference with the target acquisition process at all.
  22. The title bar is back so you can look at your battery level, signal level/Airplane mode, time, and blue tooth status.
  23. Ability to disable the flash while filming in low light since v1.1.
  24. True multitasking ability and full complement with iOS iMessage system have been added since v1.1.  You can receive text messages and switch to talk while aiming.  However, at this time you cannot take video and talk on the phone at the same time.  Below are screens shots of the app while receiving texts and while talking via blue tooth.
  25. Unified control setting screen for faster and more logical function settings.  This has been updated to 7 sections on v1.15.
  26. Auto pin movement in Single Pin, Auto Range Finder mode, in which the pin will move based on found distance via triangular range finder and pin setting.  Since the system is based on the result of the triangular range finder, the maximum distance that can be ranged by the system even with extreme height is 80 yards in v1.15.
  27. Allows left hand user to lock the phone into left hand mode so the screen will not swing back and forth from right hand to left hand mode when the bow is horizontal.  v1.15
  28. True 3rd axis adjustment as all pins will not travel based on the new plum line via 3rd axis setting.  v1.15
    The naming of the profile and the technical data has its own window instead of crowding the setting window..
Screen Code Actual Screen Shot Description
Calling
When one using multi-tasking function as in calling while aiming..
Texting
When receiving a text while aiming.
P-0
Profile management/select window:
  • Shows how many profiles are in the system at the very top
  • To select the current profile
  • To delete selected profile
  • To copy selected profile
  • To create new profile
  • A-1
    Multi-pin mode with auto range finder (base on shoulder height of 32.5ft from the ground), thus a small triangle and yardage to target is acquired while the bow is also within tilt parameter.
    A-2
    Multi-pin mode with auto range finder (base on shoulder height of 32.5ft from the ground) and big arrow indicated that the bow is tilted to the left over 2nd tilt limited and thus "Unreliable" was shown on the screen.
    A-3
    Single pin mode with auto range finder (base on shoulder height of 32.5ft from the ground) with which distance is detected at 20 yards.  The slide of the single pin is currently being set to 42 yards while the pin setting is shown on the upper right corner.
    A-4
    Single pin mode with auto range finder (base on shoulder height of 32.5ft from the ground) with which distance is detected at 21 yards.  The single pin slider has been retracted with the current pin being set at 43 yards which the pin setting was shown on the upper right corner.
    A-5
    Single pin mode with auto range finder (base on shoulder height of 32.5ft from the ground) with which distance is detected at 22 yards.  Auto pin movement is also enable as indicated by the red halo on left hand side.  The single pin slide has been retracted with the current pin being moved from 23 to 22 yards.  Which the last pin setting was shown on the upper right corner.  i.e.  the pin will move base on distance detected.  So as long as you put the pin on the deer it is where it needs to be for that specific distance.
    0-0
    Main setting dialog from which all setting function of iBowSight can be accessed.
    0-1
    Color selection dialog in which all color selection (up to 2,600,000 of colors) of objects are selected and set.
    1-1
    iBowSight Function Setting Window:
  • Pendulum Function: must be enable to use range finder and pendulum function.
  • Single Pin: to enable Single-Pin mode
  • Auto record on launch: start recording the moment the iBowSight is the foremost application.
  • Lock left-hand shooter mode.
  • Auto Range Finder: must be used with pendulum function enabled “on” and input correct archer’s shoulder height from the ground.
  • Auto Pin Adjustment: must be used with pendulum enable “on” and input correct archer’s shoulder on the tree with which the range of the target acquired.
  • Slide selector to input the actual shoulder to ground height in feet.
  • 2-1
    Profile Setting Window: where all profile data entered is shown.
    3-1
    Sight Pin Primary Setting Window:
  • Blue arrow: the blue arrow next to the pin indicates which pin is being worked on.
  • Pin data: pin number, location from center of the sight and its radius.
  • Distance with which the pin is representing.
  • Selection arrows: with which one can toggle from pin to pin for settings
  • Plus button: with which a pin can be added at the center to start (the sight pin is red and round when initially added).
  • Trash button: with which a pin can be deleted.
  • Previous Statistic: to show the location and radius of the pin before adjustment.
  • 3-2
    Sight Pin Fine Tune Window:
  • "+" Button: to increase the size of the selected sight pin radius in 0.003" increment.
  • "-" Button: to decrease the size of the selected sight pin radius in 0.003" increment.
  • Up Arrow Button: to move the location of the selected sight pin upwards in 0.003" increment.
  • Down Arrow Button: to move the location of the selected sight pin downward in 0.003" increment.
  • 3-3
    Sight Pin Distance Setup Window: by clicking on the actual number which the sight pin represents in yard, one can change the distance with which the sight pin is.
    3-4
    Pin Shape Selection Window: with the pin selection one can select the shape on the right hand slide picker to replace the current pin's shape.
    4-1
    Sight Ring Primary Setting Window:
  • One can drag the right around for it setting position.
  • One can pinch and expand on the right for it to shrink and enlarge base on gesture at it current setting position.
  • Primary color: A color setting is for setting the color of the ring when the tilt of the bow is within predefined angle settings
  • Tilted color: B color setting is for setting the color of the ring when the tilt of the bow is outside the predefined angle settings
  • Data: Title bars shows the current X and Y location of the center of the ring and the radius of the of the ring
  • 4-2
    Sight Ring Fine Tune Adjustment Window:
    1. With the click of one of the 4 blue arrows, the ring can be move at 0.003" increment at that specific direction.
    2. With the click of + and - button, the ring size can be adjust at 0.003" increment in radius.
    5-1
    Pendulum Primary Setup Window:
  • The color button allows one to set up the color of the pendulum pin which is unique to this function.
  • The shape button allows one to set up the shape of the pendulum pin which is unique to this function.
  • One can pinch and resize (shrink or enlarge) the pendulum pin which is unique to this function.
  • 5-2
    Pendulum Adjutant Dialog:
  • Trigger Angle: to set the angle with which the pendulum sight will override all pin functions.  i.e.  set the pendulum at 0 degree will force the iBowSight to be pendulum sight only, and at 90 degree, pendulum is disabled.
  • Pendulum Offset: use this to calibrate the virtual radius of the pendulum sight to accommodate from the slowest to the fastest know archery projectile.
  • 6-1
    3rd Axis Primary Setup Window:
  • Water level adjustment 1: by pinching the water level vertically one can change the thickness of the water level.
  • Water level adjustment 2: by dragging the water level one can change the location of the water level.
  • Water level color: clock color button to change the color of the water level.
  • 6-2
    Calibration of the 3rd Axis:
  • Calibrate button: set the new plum line base on the tilt of the iBowSight.
  • Reset: Reset the plum line of the iBowSight to perfect center.
  • Level Sensitivity: Set the acceptable total tilt degree of the phone before range finder is set to be unreliable, with which the color of the ring will change.
  • Arrow Sensitivity: Set the tolerance level with which the visible ARROW will indicate which direction the iBowSight is being tilted to
  • 7-1
    Setting of the Zoom Function (to up 4X at 0.01X increment).