Want to read lines into your camera while maintaining eye-contact with your lens? The Parrot is a new teleprompter system that can help you do just that. It attaches to the front of your DSLR or mirrorless camera, and is uses your smartphone for the text it reflects toward you.
If you have ever tried to memorize lines for a video, then you know how challenging it can be. Teleprompters display a script in front of the camera so the actor can read their lines and maintain eye contact allowing them to connect with their audience.
The Parrot measures in at 4x4x3-inches, and weighs only about half a pound when combined with most smartphones. Its components are made out of injection molded ABS (there are some steel components in the mounting hardware). It’s small enough that you can throw it into your camera bag when it’s not in use.
On the front side is an acrylic beam splitting mirror that has 70% light transmission. It’s coated with scratch resistant particles, and allows your camera to see through it with “excellent optical quality.”
The Parrot package will come with the teleprompter assembly, a hood cover, the mount cover, a lens adapter, and instructions for use. It will retail for $150 when it hits store shelves in mid-to-late 2015, but the makers are currently taking preorders through Kickstarter, where early adopters can snag a unit for a lower price.