How could you make a GoPro cooler? Add a WiFi BacPac that you can control with a waterproof remote and also stream the video to your mobile phone. We're impressed.
They are getting everywhere, wingsuited flyers, scuba diving with the new underwater housing, skateboarders, snowboarders, the list goes on. Two things that made the popular GoPro slightly awkward to use though (without the LCD back), no viewfinder and they're difficult to turn on and off when mounted.
The new $99.99 WifI BacPac and remote solves both those problems and propels the camera to new levels of coolness. From our editing perspective, hopefully it will mean that we have less footage to look through and process as producers can now be selective when recording.
As always, GoPro have a film to highlight the new units. This time skateboarder Ryan Sheckler uses 50 remoted GoPros to document his 'Life in a Day' in New York City.
“GoPro makes it easy for people to capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves during their favorite activities,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “The professional quality content our customers are capturing is inspiring them to use several GoPros at a time to document their experiences from multiple perspectives…something you’d normally see only on professional production shoots. A new era of ‘personal production’ has begun and Wi-Fi-enabling our cameras gives GoPro customers even more creative control to capture some of the most meaningful content in the world: their lives. Plus, live streaming video from your GoPro to your smartphone or the web is extremely cool and opens up so many new ways to use a GoPro.”·
'The Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit is now available for $99.99 on GoPro.com and at retailers across the U.S. and Europe with availability expanding globally. A future software update will enable live video streaming to the web directly from a GoPro camera. Additionally, a free, soon-to-be-released GoPro App will enable GoPro cameras to live video stream to – as well as be controlled by - iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.'
Prepare for another amazing series of GoPro videos with cameras in some very awkward to get to places.