Friday, June 28, 2013

GoPro Hero 3 Testing is About to Begin

GoPro Hero 3.jpg
Not everything I deal with and/or test from a technology standpoint has a direct relationship to dentistry and this is one of those things.
Our lives are becoming increasingly digital and one of the things that some folks (especially outdoorsy types) are doing is recording their adventures with movies or photos.
The problem with that comes from the durability factor.  Most off the shelf digital cameras today will shoot both stills & video, but most won't hold up to the beating that can come from trying to record extreme activities.  There also comes into play the ability to get the camera where it needs to be.  Mounting the camera on a helmet, a bicycle, or somehow mounting it & keeping it waterproof on a kayak is a real problem.
However, that problem has been tackled by a company called GoPro.
You may have seen their commercials (they are running some on TV now) or you may have seen some videos on YouTube.
The company has made a name for itself by manufacturing incredibly simple & durable cameras with waterproof housings & ways to mount them almost anywhere.  This allows the extreme sports person to be able to capture their adventures easily.
While I'm not an "extreme sports" kind of guy (not at my age at least) I am interested in being able to record photos & videos without worrying about damaging the camera.  To that end, I ordered the newest GoPro camera, the Hero 3.  It just arrived today and I'll start trying to put it through its paces in different activities soon.
Over the weekend I'm going to try using it in the pool and despite the fact it doesn't have a standard tripod attachment, I'm going to try to get it on the Hexacopter drone sometime soon as well.
GoPro not only makes a durable camera with a waterproof housing, they also make loads of different attachment pieces as well that allow the user to mount it in a variety of places.  The Hero 3 also has built-in WiFi that allows for remote control of the camera.  You can also access the camera over the WiFi connection via a free App for both iOS & Android.
I'm looking forward to seeing what it can do.  I'll report back and maybe post video as well.  Stay tuned...

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