PogoTec’s philosophy is that one size doesn’t fit all.PogoCam doesn’t only work with one kind of eyewear or one pair of glasses. PogoCam isn’t only built for Android users. Our app doesn’t only share through one social network. We want our technology to work with the technology and social media that you already prefer.
In that same spirit, while PogoCam cannot yet transfer videos wirelessly, we recognize that some users don’t use a desktop or laptop computer. You CAN transfer photos and videos to an Android or iOS device with cables.
Here is our complete guide to using PogoCam with Android, without the app, using the included USB cable.
With an Android device
YES, you can connect a PogoCam or smart case directly to an Android device with a USB cable. There are two caveats to this setup.
1. USB OTG Cable
You cannot connect the smart case or PogoCam to an Android with a simple USB-C to USB micro cable (or even a USB-C to USB-C cable). You have to use what’s called a USB OTG cable. OTG stands for “On-The-Go.” USB OTG cables allow a device to act as a host, allowing other USB devices to be attached to them. (This is a good one.)
Here is your setup to connect the smart case to an Android:
Power on the smart case. Then plug in the cables. Android will connect to the case like an external drive. (Details below the PogoCam diagram.)
If you would like to connect your PogoCam directly to an Android, the setup is the same. Make sure to power on the PogoCam before plugging it into the Android. (Nothing bad will happen if you don't, but it won't mount the drive.)
This is how that setup looks:
Once you have powered on and plugged into an Android, you will see this logo in the notifications bar.
When you pull down the notification, you’ll see the option to Explore:
When you explore, you’ll first see all the folders (visible and hidden) on the smart case.
Click on the DCIM folder and you’ll find all the videos (.AVI files) and photos (.JPG files).
There, you’ll long press on any file to select it. Once you select one, you need only tap on others to select them.
Then from the menu (the 3 dots in the upper right), you’ll select Move To…
From there you’ll select where you want to move your photos. In most cases, you'll choose Downloads.
Your Android should have an app in the app drawer called Downloads where you can see all your downloaded PogoCam images.
2. AVI Conversion
Here is the second hitch: because PogoCam is doing everything on as small a processor as possible, we chose the AVI video format. Androids don’t play this format by default. This is why you cannot preview your videos while they’re on the smart case. You’ll need to download and convert them first.
Each app works similarly. After you load an AVI on your phone (by emailing it or downloading it from your cloud storage), you’ll open the app and choose to “convert a video.” For best results, we suggest choosing to convert to .MOV or .MP4 files. These are the most commonly used file types on social media.
Here are the main screens for those apps showing the "convert" function:
The apps will save the file on your phone or tablet. You can then view the file on your device or share it anywhere.
Note on power
PogoCam and the smart case will not charge while plugged into an Android device. You can charge the PogoCam and the smart case through the USB cable and a wall adapter or directly from a computer. If you are using the PogoCam directly with an Android device, you should avoid using the smart case until AFTER you have transferred files to your device. Plugging PogoCam into the smart case will offload all your files to the smart case.