Docam is a classroom document camera designed for both classroom and work from home environments. The user mounts their phone on an arm that is adjustable in its height and can be rotated to aim the camera at larger objects. The mounting arm also has a built-in light to illuminate the object you want to document. When Docam is not being used as a document camera, the arm can be folded down, out of the way, or it can be used as a table lamp. Docam is a document camera designed for the modern classroom and is compatible with modern technology. The phone mount on Docam can tightly and securely hold a phone and is adjustable to work with any phone size. The rotating arm allows the instructor to move the camera towards themselves to speak to the camera, then seamlessly turn it back to the workstation to continue with the lesson. The compact portability of Docam allows instructors to easily teach and interact with students from home and reduces bulk when moving back and forth from the studio.
Design Concept
We looked to the Arizona State University published dissertation Implications of Online, Hybrid and In-Person Design Studio Teaching After the Pandemic a Grounded Theory Approach written by Jinlong Yuan to guide us in our design decisions. Yuan is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Design School at Arizona State University with a masters in Industrial Design. In this dissertation, Yuan researched distance and blended education methods for design studios since the Coronavirus Pandemic moved schooling online in 2020. The results of this study were that the challenges of remote online learning throughout the pandemic shed light on the need to improve future design studio education. The digitization of the studio was necessarily rushed due to the pandemic and was not seamless. Ineffective communication during the transition to and beginning of remote learning meant dissatisfied students unable to perform to the best of their ability. Yuan writes that there is a need for a robust and agile digital infrastructure that can react quicker and be better prepared for future disruptions in learning. The study has implications for the development of product innovation which can aid in a smooth transition towards online and hybrid learning for the future. 
The new generations of students are computer literate and accustomed to using technology in their day to day life. This, and the fact that online learning is only growing, goes to show that embracing this change should be a focus that shapes the future of learning. There are so many technological tools already at our disposal that are not being utilized to their full potential, and to ignore these technological tools would be akin to handwriting books when the printing press is available. The smartphone is just one example of this; its portability and ability to be used as a digital camera as well as its efficacy as a communication device opens up countless possibilities for its use in the realm of online learning. Current document cameras usually provide a camera in their device and seem to be blind to the innovations that have
improved the cell phone camera. As cell phones become more advanced and phone cameras evolve to have better quality, the natural next step for current document cameras is to move away from built-in low quality cameras, and allow the user to integrate the camera they already own. With this in mind, we constructed the idea of Docam to build around the strengths of the smartphone and harness the features that provide value to remote learning. Docam works to be a more agile and seamless solution to the disruption of in-person learning. Docam equipped users with the tools to harness the technology they already own to become more effective online communicators, a skill that Yuan remarks “benefits students by better preparing them for the online work setting when they enter the professional designer workplace.” 
With the technology available, the inability to be in a classroom should no longer be a barrier to learning. Docam shows that working remotely does not have to be disruptive or difficult, and opens the door for more accessible education.
Designer
Liam Nelson, 
Mia Saxon, 
Abram Rojas 
Research
Implications of Online, Hybrid and In-Person Design Studio Teaching After the Pandemic a Grounded Theory Approach.
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Jinlong Yua, Professor at Arizona Sate University​​​​​​​
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