MERCATUS CAPITAL SUPPORTS TINYMOS

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Singapore, 7 September 2015 – TinyMOS, a Singapore-based startup, announced today that it has secured
new funding led by Mercatus Capital, Asia’s leading Angel Investor, Incubator and Business Accelerator that
invests in developing early-stage disruptive companies in Asia. At TechCrunch Disrupt 2015, TinyMOS will
unveil the Tiny1, the world’s first portable consumer astronomy and travel camera.
Featuring advanced built-in imaging automation (such as presets for Milky Way and Northern Lights),
combined with powerful hardware and software, Tiny1 packs performance and affordability within its pocketsized
body. Its sensors detects extremely dim lights, allowing the camera to capture images of the Milky Way
and similar, in low light environment within a short exposure of about 30 seconds. It is also capable of
capturing light from stellar bodies barely visible to our naked eyes at night. The software uses patent
pending, state-of-the-art calibration techniques; the camera automatically processes the captured images
internally, stacking the images to reduce noise in low light environments. Tiny1’s Point-To-The-Stars feature
combines up-to-date star charts with the camera’s live preview to help the user locate the areas they wish to
shoot. Not limited to just astronomy, Tiny1 also acts as a camera for day-to-day photography, performing as
flawlessly as a DSLR camera that provides unprecedented access to high quality images to the everyday
user. “We hope to show people the wonders of the night skies, frequently forgotten by city dwellers.”
TinyMOS founder Grey Tan was inspired by an astronomy trip he went during his time at the National
University of Singapore while pursuing his degree. “As someone who grew up in metropolitan Singapore; I
was awestruck when I visited Malaysia on an astronomy trip with the school. The sky is so full of stars, I
found it hard to locate Orion’s Belt and I saw the Milky Way in person for the very first time.” The eye opening
experience inspired Grey to pursue astronomy imaging, and that was when he discovers the challenges of
astronomy imaging. Technically demanding, time consuming and usually reserved for extremely savvy
enthusiasts who deal with complex setups and high startup cost, even most novice stargazers often found
themselves saddled with pounds of equipment costing thousands of dollars, such as DSLRs, telescopes and
expensive lenses. This revelation eventually led him to start TinyMOS with his fellow co-founders.
The efforts by the team have not gone unnoticed. A demonstration of Tiny1 earlier this year has received
(tremendous) praises from Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya, a former rocket scientist who worked on the Hubble
Space Telescope at NASA and at Jet Propulsion Labs. “I think that’s really cool because you’re providing
access, like direct access to people. Somebody could look at an object in the sky and they can actually
capture (and share) their experience with somebody else,” said Dr. Bhattacharya. A handheld “Hubble
Telescope” according to Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya; She describes TinyMOS’s idea as “following in its
(NASA’s) footsteps, referring to the startup’s innovative development of the Tiny1 camera, using imaging
technologies initially spearheaded by NASA.
With the creation of Tiny1, Grey hopes to provide greater access to space imaging to the masses, with its
powerful features yet simple interface, at affordable prices. “The Milky Way and other space phenomenon,
such as the moon and auroras are literally just a click away,” said Grey.
KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
TinyMOS team is offering Tiny1 on Kickstarter this upcoming October, following a combined 18 months of
engineering and product design work. The team is aiming to ship the first working cameras to Kickstarter
supporters within 8 months, in time for “Milky Way season”, one of the best times to observe the bright
galactic center of the Milky Way.

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