At the end of an action-packed day of recorded activity, it can be difficult to muster motivation to scrutinize and edit all the footage. NexGear, a startup from Mumbai, India, is looking to make such memories simpler to publish, just as one might a selfie on social media. The Frodo Adventure Camera is designed to record and auto-edit the best scenes into ready-to-share videos.
One can spend much time poring over hours of recorded video just to create a five-minute clip of exciting highlights. New cameras, such as the Movi or Kiba, have been enhanced with smarter software in order to save users tedium and hassle. The Frodo Adventure Camera is similar in such regard, except that it can be worn on wrists or gear to record almost anywhere.
Frodo enters a product market that includes the well-established GoPro lineup, but with more focus on the simplicity of attaching a camera, shooting video, and sharing with viewers. Measuring 1.75 x 1.75 in (4.47 x 4.47 cm) and weighing 3.8 oz (110 g), the Frodo Adventure Camera resembles an everyday sports watch when worn about the wrist. The adjustable strap with flip hinge replaces the need for additional mounts, as it can secure to helmets, heads, handlebars, ankles, or wherever imagination proposes.
Inside the dust-/water-/shock-proof exterior lies a wide-angle (120 degree) 8 MP camera that's capable of taking 1080p HD video at 30 fps and 3264 x 2448 pixel stills. Frodo touts a 0.7-second "boot-to-shoot" time to quickly capture action as it's about to happen. The camera packs built-in motion sensors and a gyro-based video stabilization system that help minimize shaking effects. Video files are saved to an internal 16/32 GB drive in H.264/MP4 format.
While the files may be stored on the camera, it's the companion app (iOS and Android) that performs all the auto-editing. Frodo connects to mobile devices via Bluetooth 4.0 LE and/or Wi-Fi. Once paired, users can stream and edit videos instantly without having to sync to a computer. The Frodo app is designed to offer intelligent editing that evaluates optical flow, motion data, and face detection. Users can guide the process by choosing one of five editing styles, adding music, and creating titles.
By itself, the Frodo Adventure Camera can record for only an hour and a half before needing a recharge through the micro USB port. However, the company has designed Frodo to be modular, easily attaching to special battery packs (optional) that extend shooting time up to an additional five hours. No cables are required, and the battery packs can also mount to any gear.
The NexGear Frodo Adventure Camera is currently funding on Indiegogo, having raised 18 percent of its US$100,000 goal in two days, with a month left to go. Pledges for one Frodo camera (in choice of color) start at $149, saving $50 off the expected MSRP.
Frodo was showcased earlier this year at CES 2016. If manufacturing and distribution go according to schedule, backers can expect shipments to start as early as this November.
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