Flacon Webcam's Installed in Pittsburgh
For the second year in a row
PixController, Inc. installed the webcam's on the Peregrine
Falcon nesting sites at the University of Pittsburgh and
Gulf Tower in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. This year
PixController, Inc. designed a new and more reliable system
over the previous year. This was done in conjunction with
the National Aviary and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The design team at PixController, Inc.
designed a custom webcam for the Lily & Hope black bear den
in Ely, MN. This new webcam system was battery powered and
solar charged and streamed the video signal via a cellular
data link. This design presented several challenges since
the location of the black bear den was on the border of
Canada and MN, which meant there would not be a lot of sun
light for solar charging, and the cold weather would be hard
on the batteries.
On December 31 Bill Powers of PixController, Inc. flew Ely,
MN to install the webcam. Kris Modar, one of the webcam
designers helped get the camera on-line back in Pittsburgh,
PA. Within a few hours the camera was streaming a live video
feed from inside the bear den.
The three year old mother black bear, Lily, was in a den
site with her last years cub, Hope, but scientist Dr. Lynn
Rogers believed that Lily was pregnant. This would be a very
rare occurrence if Lily was pregnant seeing black bears only
give birth every 2 years. If she was pregnant none of the
scientist knew what Hope would do with the new born cubs.
Discovery Channel "Hogs Gone Wild" Series
PixController, Inc. supplied the LA
Producers, Film Garden, of the new Discovery Channel series
"Hogs Gone Wild" several Raptor Cellular cameras and DVREye
Video systems to be used on the series. This new series
covered the growing problem of feral hogs in the United
States. The crew and producers filmed the series in Hawaii,
Texas, Georgia, and Florida. For more information see the
Discovery Channel series link here.
Animal Planet "Finding Bigfoot" Series
In October of 2009 PixController, Inc. was contacted by TV
producers Ping Pong Productions from LA about being involved
with a new series for Animal Planet. This would involve an
on-camera role and require us to travel to several of the
filming locations. In June of 2010 the series was approved
by Animal Planet, and Bill Powers from PixController, Inc.
flew to Prince of Whales Island in Alaska for two weeks to
film the pilot episode of the new series "Finding Bigfoot".
Powers setup some 30 cameras be brought along which included
the Raptor Cellular system, DVREye video system, and
DigitalEye still photo system.
In February of 2011 Animal Planet approved a 6-part series.
Powers flew to the first two locations in NC and GA for
filming. The PixController cameras were used to search for
evidence of bigfoot in the series. While this wasn't a
creature Powers believed in it was a wonderful opportunity
for the company. For more information on the Finding Bigfoot
Export company's webcams follow black bear, cub May 16, 2010
Bill Powers set up a camera to
record the movements of deer and
raccoons in his Murrysville backyard
in 2004, he never imagined that his
work would someday have a worldwide
following of nearly 1 million
But a female bear in Minnesota
changed all that.
For months, Powers' motion-activated
cameras have been streaming live
video on the Internet of Lily, a
3-year-old black bear who denned in
Ely, Minn., and her cub, Hope, whose
Jan. 22 birth was captured by
Powers' Export-based company,
PixController Wildlife Webcam.
First Ever Wi-Fi Trail
Camera/Remote Security Camera System March 2010
We pleased to announce
the release of the new Raptor WiFi Camera System. The Raptor
Wi-Fi camera system is a first of its kind. This camera unit
will capture a photo upon motion-activation and transmit the
photo through a Wi-Fi Access Point, "Hot Spot". No dedicated
PC base station is needed! Photos are attached to an email
using the popular POP3/SMTP protocol, or can be sent via FTP
to a web server. Emails include the time, date, battery
level, radio signal strength, and internal unit temperature.
GPS option will send GPS location and Google Aerial Photos
of camera location.
for more information...
products featured on MonsterQuest March 2010
received word from the producers of the popular History
Channel show, MonsterQuest, that they will be airing an
episode titled "Sierra Sasquatch" on March 17th that will
feature our camera equipment. This is our second season
working with the History Channel's popular TV show. This
year the show will feature PixController's
UndercoverEye covert camera systems which are typically used
for remote law enforcement applications. Please check your
local listings for airing times.
Lily the Black Bear gives
birth Live on Webcam Feed January 22, 2010
For the first time in
history the birth of a black bear cub has been broadcast
live over the Internet thanks to a special webcam designed
by PixController, Inc. On Friday January, 22 at around 12:30
PM Eastern Time Lily the black bear gave birth to at least
one cub live. There were around 25,000 people watching the
birth of her cub which is broadcast through the servers at
Click here to read
Rare Sumatran Tiger and cubs captured with
January 11, 2010
Jakarta, Indonesia –
Camera traps deep in the Sumatran jungle have Agung, Member
of WWF-Indonesia's Tiger Research Team installing video trap
captured first-time images of a rare female tiger and her
cubs, giving researchers unique insight into the elusive
tiger’s behaviour.After a month in operation, specially
designed video cameras installed by WWF-Indonesia’s
researchers seeking to record tigers in the Sumatran jungle
caught the mother tiger and her cubs on film as they stopped
to sniff and check out the camera trap.
Bear Den Webcam Press Release:
January 8, 2010, PixController, Inc.
first time ever
the entire world will have access to a streaming live
webcam feed from inside the den of a wild hibernating female black
bear named Lily. Located near Ely, MN, researchers say there is a
better than average chance she will give birth to 1-pound cubs
around mid Jan. The birth of bear cubs has never been filmed in the
wild. Film/video producer Doug Hajicek, in conjunction with the
North American Bear Center and PixController, Inc., is embarking on
this second attempt to do it.
Click here to read more...
PixController, Inc. Introduces New Raptor Wireless
November 23, 2009
introduces the new Raptor Wireless Camera Systems. The
Raptor System is the only camera system on the market today
that can transmit photos using Cellular, Wi-Fi, or Long
Range Point-to-Point Wireless radios. Raptor Systems are
completely upgradable. In fact a Raptor system can be
configured with all three wireless radio options.
to read more...
PixController cameras featured
on the History Channel MonsterQuest Series
October 9, 2009
PixController, Inc. is
working with the History Channel's popular TV show
MonsterQuest. Our cameras were recently featured in the
"CURSE OF THE MONKEY MAN" filmed in India and aired June
10th, 2009. We are also part of season 4 in 2010. Stay tuned
for airing dates.
PixController participates in
the Austin Dam BioBlitz
October 29-30, 2009
An army of students, talented
scientists and folks of all ages will convene at the Austin
Dam Memorial Park to identify as many species of life as
possible in an engaging, 30-hour period. You are invited!
Hosted by Austin Area School District in cooperation with
the Austin Dam Memorial Association, Patterson Lumber Co.,
Austin Borough, Potter-McKean Cooperative Extension, Potter
County Conservation District, Dominion Resources, God's
Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and more.
to read more...
TLC partners with local business for lesson
March 26, 2008
The sixth-grader participated in an eight-week course titled
"What's in Your Backyard" at Total Learning Center in
Murrysville, which had him studying the various wildlife
that lives in Murrysville. Patricia Sheahan, director
of Total Learning Center, teamed up with Murrysville
resident Bill Powers and his PixController business to lead
the program. Powers' company sells motion sensor cameras to
capture wildlife footage.
Click here to read more...
PixController, Inc. Featured
in "IN Murrysville" Publication
December 1, 2008
Remote HD Cameras capture
STS-126 Endeavour Launch
November 14, 2008
Wins an Emmy for
November 5, 2008
designed custom remote HD camera controllers which enabled
Dave Sirak, news operations manager WFTV Television of
Orlando, FL to capture the
ever NASA Space Shuttle launches in HD. The NASA HD
camera project was nominated for an Emmy for "Technical
Achievement" in 2008. Four HD video cameras were set off
simultaneously from several miles away at the moment of
launch. The HD video cameras were placed several hundred
yards from the launch site a couple days before the actual
launch. At the moment of the launch sequence Dave Sirak was
able to send a remote command to start all four HD video
cameras recording at the same time. This was the first time
the NASA Space Shuttle Launch was captured with a HD video
camera in this manner.
December 6, 2008 - Updated
We just received this email from Dave Sirak. He sent this to
all people involved with the project:
I was awarded an 2008 Suncoast Regional Technical
Achievement Emmy tonight for the remote HD camera systems I
created to record the space shuttle launches.
Please accept my sincere thanks for all of your help and
guidance in contributing to this honor.
Bruce Wiley, the reporter who shot, wrote and edited the
story was also awarded an Emmy for the story he produced for
PixController, Inc. setup 14 motion-activated camera systems
for the event capturing 436 photos of 13 different types of
BioBlitz: A 24-hour diversity checkup
Thursday, October 02, 2008 By Dev Meyers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BioBlitz was organized by Dr. Kyle
W. Selcer, associate professor of
biology at Duquesne University, and
the Friends of Murrysville Parks.
Scientists, volunteers and community
members joined forces to identify as
many living organisms as possible
over a 24-hour period. This was done
because different organisms are
found at different times of the day
Click here to read the full
What is a BioBlitz?
Scientists, volunteers, and community
members will join forces to identify as many
living organisms as possible. The BioBlitz
will be held over a 24-hour period (6:00 pm
Fri to 6:00 pm Sat) to allow observation of
the organisms that are found at different
times of the day and night. Organisms that
will be focused on include: mammals, birds,
reptiles and amphibians, trees, wildflowers,
ferns, fungi, fish, molluscs, aquatic
invertebrates and insects.
Why have a BioBlitz?
The BioBlitz will provide valuable
information about biological diversity in
Duff Park. Furthermore, the BioBlitz will
bring attention to Duff Park as a natural
resource that needs to be preserved and
protected, as well as enjoyed. Information
gathered could reveal organisms that are
rare or unique, and could help focus
attention on potential problems or
opportunities for preserving biodiversity in
the park. It is also intended to make
learning about science and the park fun and
accessible to everyone participating.
PixController Inc. in
Murrysville has developed motion-sensing cameras that have
been used to capture videos and stills of wildlife,
worldwide. The small, self-contained units are assembled in
Murrysville and designed by Bill Powers, right, who is with
his wife, Donna.
Murrysville video firm gives a
window to wild - Remote cameras peek at rare species
July 5, 2008
Templeton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
jungle darkness into full view, a Javan
rhinoceros and her calf casually inspect
their surroundings -- that is, until the
mother senses something amiss.
She stares straight into the lens of the
hidden video camera that's filming her.
And, as the
film shows, rhinos don't tolerate
trespassers, living or technological. She
sniffs before attacking, and the video
blinks, then dies.
system, developed by an upstart Murrysville
company, successfully captured the first
video of Javan rhinos in the wild -- a
sizable accomplishment, given there are only
about 60 known to exist.
PixController DVREye Video System captures rare Javan
May 28, 2008
JAKARTA--After just a
month in operation, specially designed video cameras
installed to capture wildlife footage in the jungles of
South East Asia have twice recorded remarkable images of a
mother and child pair of the world's rarest rhino.
But the success was not without incident as after a short
inspection, the rhino mother charged the camera installation
in Ujung Kulon National Park and sent it flying.
"With fewer than 60 Javan rhinos left in the wild, we
believe this footage was well worth the risk to our
equipment," said Adhi Rachmat Hariyadi, who leads
WWF-Indonesia's project in Ujung Kulon National Park. “It’s
very unusual to catch a glimpse of the Javan rhinos deep
inside the rain forest. The motion triggered infrared video
traps are a useful way to observe them and the ways they use
their habitat in a more detailed way."
Recordings of the Javan rhino are the highlight so far of
the installation over recent months of improved wildlife
recording video cameras developed by US-based PixController
Inc. In its pioneering phase in Malaysia, the new system has
already provided footages of rare Malayan tigers in the wild
and a Sumatran Rhino in Borneo.
PixController products used to capture Space shuttle
March 11, 2008
Today’s space shuttle
launch, Space shuttle Endeavour, had a local Pittsburgh
Connection. PixController, Inc. of Murrysville, PA, a
company which develops and manufactures various camera
control systems sent (4) custom remote triggered camera
controllers to Dave Sirak, News Operations Manager for
WFTV Television News in
David was granted special access to today’s launch by NASA
to setup his (4) remote triggered high end camcorder
systems, which were setup to capture (4) different angles of
the launch at the launch pad, which no one can have access
to. These (4) video camcorders would then be triggered
remotely from 4 ½ miles away at launch time to capture this
Space shuttle Endeavour was launched from Pad 39A at Kennedy
Space Center (KSC) at 2:28 a.m. EDT (0628 GMT) Tuesday
morning. Commander Dominic Gorie will lead the STS-123 crew
on a record-breaking 16-day mission to the space station.
When asked how the remote camera triggers functioned at
launch time David said, “Very well, 3 of the 4 cameras
worked perfectly. The 4th started but stopped after a couple
of minutes. Despite the single failure I am very pleased. We
will be posting some clips on WFTV.com very soon if not
Bald Eagle caught on video
near Pittsburgh, PA
A rare site as a Bald Eagle was caught on an
unattended motion-activated video system in
Westmoreland County, PA. Bill Powers of
PixController, Inc. setup one of the companies
DVREye™ motion-activated video units to capture
wildlife near their company location just outside of
Pittsburgh. Capturing a 2 minute clip of a Bald
Eagle on it's migration path up to Canada for their
breading season was truly exciting. The extent of
wildlife in our area is just amazing. This video was
featured at the "Video of the week" by Pittsburgh, PA's WPXI
Channel 11 News Station in March of 2008.
Murrysville Web cam named one of world's best February 2008
Bill Powers finds himself in
the company of Vatican City and Times Square. His
PixController Wildlife Web cam was touted as one of the 25
Most Interesting Webcams for 2007 by EarthCam, a Web cam
network based in Hackensack, N.J. More than 5,000 web cams
Powers, who says he has always loved wildlife, is
president/CEO of PixController Inc., a company that markets
motion-activated cameras. So the Murrysville man combined
the two to provide a window to wildlife for himself and
others. He placed two wireless cameras in the woods behind
their home. They capture the activities of deer, raccoons,
wild turkeys, foxes and whatever else might wander by.
EarthCam is pleased to announce that your webcam has been
chosen by our panel of VIP judges and producers as one of
EarthCam's 25 Most Interesting Webcams for 2007. EarthCam
producers search through more than 5,000 webcams throughout
the year to choose 125 semi-finalists that a VIP panel of
judges votes on to select the winners.
This 9th annual list includes the most unique and compelling
webcams in the world. Selected from thousands of nominees,
winners were judged on quality of image, uniqueness of
content and overall technical achievements in webcam
PixController Wildlife Webcam:
Whitetail Deer, raccoons, wild turkeys and gray foxes wander
through the western Pennsylvania woods in Murrysville and
two wireless cameras including one turned on by nearby
motion capture their activities all day. The site is an
excellent example of a place where technology meets the
PixController, Inc. will
discontinue OEM Board, Parts, and Kit Sales in 2008
All of us at
PixController would like to thank each of you for another
great year. As you know, this has been an extraordinary year
with the release of many exciting new products. From our
DVREye and DVREye Wireless to our Remote VideoEye, we
continue to provide our customers the best in ground
We are once again in the midst of exciting changes. With one
visit to our website you will
changes to our trail camera kits. While these kits are
undeniably some of the best on the market, they won't be
around for long. Revamping the kits is just one interim step
toward our ultimate goal of exclusively selling complete
camera systems. While this will undoubtedly disappoint some,
we feel that it is best to focus our time and talents in
this direction. Our strength as a company lies in our
ability to produce top-of-the-line, cutting edge products.
Focusing our attention in one direction will allows us to
continue with this mission to create and innovate.
Starting early 2008, we will discontinue all sales of our
boards, parts, and kits, focusing only on our complete
systems. We will send out a reminder a few weeks beforehand
so everyone can get their "last chance" items... and then we
will begin our new venture. Again, a big thank you to our
loyal customers. We hope to see you all for many years to
PixController, Inc. Company Featured in
North American Hunter Magazine NOV, 2007 Issue
David Mass (NAH Managing Editor)
-PixController, Inc. had it's popular DigitalEye IR model
digital trail camera featured in the "Picture Perfect"
article written by David Mass in the November, 2007 issue
North American Hunter Magazine. David and his wife put the
DigitalEye IR trail camera to perfection in scouting and
harvesting a larger Kansas 10-point in the 2006 archery
PixController, Inc. Company Featured in
Gateway Publishing Oct. 17th Issue
Tom McGee (Staff Writer October 17, 2007)
-When nature calls, Bill Powers of Murrysville always
answers ... by picking up the phone. It's not unusual for
Powers, the owner and president of PixController Inc., to
pick up his phone to discover pictures of deer, turkeys,
foxes and even black bears that have been sent from an
unmanned camera in the woods.
For Powers, these calls of the wild are research.
PixController sells motion-activated cameras that take
pictures or record video. Marketed to hunters and wildlife
groups, the devices are intended to document the animals
that visit a specific territory....
awarded Government Grant for building Surveillance systems
for the Appalachian Trail
PixController, Inc. was
recently awarded a Government Grant by the National Parks
System for construction it's new Groundhog surveillance
systems to catch illegal ATV use on the Appalachian Trail.
The 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a
250,000-acre greenway extending from Maine to Georgia has
had extensive damage done by illegal ATV riding. The new
PixController UndercoverEye™, which is an remote unattended
video surveillance system only sold to Law Enforcement
Agencies, will be used for this task.
black bear spotted in Murrysville PA
founder of PixController, Inc., was testing one of their new
motion-activated wildlife video system products, the
DVREye™; which captured about ten minutes of this
impressive black bear. The bear is estimated to weigh around
300 pounds. The video was captured on October 5 at 3:30 AM
about 50 yards from houses in the Marlee Acres housing plan
in Murrysville, PA.
The PixController Remote
VideoEye™ is a wireless remote control device which can
control any Sony or Canon camcorders with the LANC editing
port. The Remote VideoEye™ consists of a small waterproof
box, RF wireless receiver unit, and LANC port for connecting
your user supplied camcorder. A handheld remote
control unit is included to control the Remote VideoEye™
from a wireless distance up to 180 feet. The unit is powered
by 4 AA batteries which will last all season long.
The Remote VideoEye™ is the perfect for tool for capturing
video without needing another camera man. Filming wildlife
documentaries or hunting videos will now take on a whole new
and exciting look. You can now film “never before seen”
angles of your hunt or wildlife documentary. Imagine a video
camera setup from ground filming the shot from a tree stand
all controlled from the hunter or camera man in the tree
PixController, Inc. attends first ever Animal Tracking
Seminar at Princeton University May 2007
Bill Powers (CEO)
- We , Hank Lentz (Senior Engineer) and
myself, were given an invite to attend the first ever Animal
Tracking Seminar by Roland Kays, Ph.D. Curator
of Mammals, New York State Museum. About 90 people were in
attendance from all over the world from England,
Netherlands, Denmark, France, Switzerland, and India. All of
the major US universities seemed to be in attendance such as
Harvard, Princeton, UCLA,
Oregon, and many others.
Most of the workshop seemed to be centered around radio
tracking of animals with many different techniques of radio
designs. Much of this was way over my head (less for Hank)
and a bit intimidating. After the all day talks the first
day there was a Poster Session that evening where Hank and I
presented a Poster on "LARGE AREA REMOTE VIDEO MONITORING
USING MULTIPLE WIRELESS MOTION SENSORS". This was basically
a design using our RF controller to position a Pan-Tilt-Zoom
video camera around to different areas using the X10 sensors
as trigger locations. This would give you the ability to
cover a large area with a single video camera. On the back
end of the system you can add video tape decks, DVR,
wireless video transmitters, cellular modems... Many things
to make this function as you'd need.
We were also given a table at the Poster Session to put out
all of our toys, which all of the guys there seemed to like
I hope they hold this again next year and we are given the
option to attend again. I think Hank and I could present a
very good paper giving a spin on using trail cameras for
tracking by embedding location information within the JPEG
photos as they are taken and putting all of this information
into a database. This is kind of where I was going with
Visual Media Explorer, and much of this does already exist
in this software application now.
First Ever Sumatran Rhino Captured on Video! April 2007
This amazing "first
ever" 2-minute video of a rare Borneo Rhino captured
using a PixController motion-activated video controller
making International News! On March 29, 2007 we received an
email from a very excited Stephen Hogg of WWF-Malaysia
"The really great news is I have had one of your boards
set in the forest in Borneo for some time now trying to get
the Sumatran Rhino as you may be aware. Well after the trip
last year that turned out to be a disaster if you remember
after the board broke down before we could get the unit set
after we were dropped by helicopter into the site and took
forever to walk back out ha ha I will never live that one
down haha. Any way we have had another one set and I
retrieved it last Friday and yes we got it the first ever
wild Sumatran Rhino caught on video trap, 2 mins of heaven
it is awesome it really is I cannot tell you how good this
footage is it just cannot be better".
PixController featured in March, 2007 issue of "Bear
Hunting Magazine" March 2007
Trail Cams - See Who's Coming to Dinner Jim Gaskins
- I am a field editor for BearHunting Magazine. My latest
article (March/April) is a discussion about the use of trail
cams. I was given a lot of help by Josh Johnson, one of the
owners of Spot Hogg Archery Products and from Bill and Donna
Powers, the owners of PixController, Inc. I'll post the
article below in case you're interested.
My article for May/June 2007 is entitled, "Digital Trail
Photography - The Future Has Arrived". This article
discusses building your own trail cam, a DIY product. It
also highlights PixController, Inc. since they provide
virtually everything you need to do-it-yourself at home. I
will be happy to post that article too.
PixController Products helping study Tasmanian Devil Cancer
Problems December 2006
Jeff La Valette (Tasmania, Australia)
- (Disease can
be seen on the face of both of these individuals - which is
the cause of ongoing research by DPIWE and the Devil
Taskforce) See more reading
Jeff's Blog Site which has photos and videos using
PixController Digital/Video motion-activate products.
PixController in the Duluth News Tribune
PixController customer Steve Fikes trail camera article in
the December 31, 2006 issue of the Duluth, MN "Duluth
PixController sponsors the new Wild Wisconsin
PixController, Inc. sponsors a one of
a kind TV show, "Wild Wisconsin", which films hunting shows
and airs them only one week after filming. This is very
difficult since every other hunting TV show uses footage
from the previous season.
about Wild Wisconsin here.
PixController announces the first DVR video scouting
With another first
from PixController, Inc. we are pleased to announce
the "worlds first" DVR video scouting camera,
The new PixController
(Digital Video Recorder) is a complete (PIR) motion
triggered video recording system.
The advantages the
has over traditional camcorder motion event
recording systems are that the video camera switches
to full color during daylight hours and stealth IR
mode for night recording automatically with IR
illumination out to 60+ feet. Sound is also recorded
with your video, which is a very important feature
when recording wildlife especially. Being that there
are no mechanical parts for running camcorder tape
recording the DVREYE™
can be used in much lower temperature conditions
where a camcorder will often freeze, and it can be
used in much more humid weather conditions where a
camcorder can be damaged by moisture, and will power
up much faster than camcorders will.
PixController, Inc. introduces
"Worlds First" Cellular Trail Camera
The new PixController
trail camera system
will revolutionize the way you scout your next trophy deer,
research wildlife, or protect your property with the best "mobile"
security camera on the market today! Advanced integrated PIR
motion detector the
will capture a full
color digital photo (up to 1.3 mega pixels with the new Treo
700p) and email it to your PC or cell phone within one
minute after motion is detected. You will know instantly
when that trophy deer or trespasser passes in front of your
Boon & Crocket deer
taken in Ohio with use of scouting cameras
Dave Conrad with his
before and after photos of this amazing 190" class Boon &
Crocked whitetail deer taken in Ohio this archery season! With the
aid of his new PixController
Universal trail camera system Dave was able to capture some
great photos of this deer before the season started. Click here to
read the his story,
and check out our Photo section to
see the rest of these photos.
black bear spotted in Murrysville PA
With the use of a PixController LANC
camcorder system with IR light and a digital trail camera the
Powers family was able to see what was getting into their bird
feeder at night! Click here to read
PixController, Inc. products are designed, engineered, and manufactured
in the USA