The Gear Junkie Scoop: ContourGPS

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By Stephen Regenold

In the I-didn't-know-we-needed-that category this month,Contour Inc. of Seattlehas unveiled the world’s first GPS-enabled helmet camera. The 1080p videocamera, called the ContourGPS, comes with a GPS built in to capture and recordyour location once per second while on the move. It is touted as ushering in a”new era of location-based video.”

At the same time, the company ( islaunching a new part of its web site where ContourGPS users can upload videos,share stories, and track their recorded adventures on a map. The company toutsthe entire process as something like combining an easy-to-use video camera withYouTube and Google maps.

I have been testing the company's current, non-GPS-enabledcamera this summer, the $279.99 ContourHD model. It is a solid product,including a wide-angle lens and full-HD recording. You site in your shot withan embedded laser on the lens, and then you record footage with the simpleslide of a button on top.

In my tests, the ContourHD camera, mounted on a climbing orbike helmet, has rarely let me down. The new ContourGPS, which costs $349.99,is a similar unit, though with the GPS receiver added in.



ContourGPS users record their video footage and the GPSdata is captured automatically. With the online interface, you edit the videoand the GPS data is presented to show your location on a map, reveal speed oftravel, elevation change, time, and other attributes.

The ContourGPS ships this month. See a demo of the video-GPS experiencehere:

–Stephen Regenold is founder and editor

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