One of the things that's tricky about using an actioncam is the fact that while you don't want to miss anything, you also don't want to search through a ton of raw footage in editing. That's why the Graava was created. It's a sensor-laden camera that reportedly notices when interesting things are happening, and then automatically edits together a video of those events.
The Graava is water-resistant, shoots at a maximum resolution of 1080p/30fps (or 4K in time lapse), and has a 130-degree field of view. It's also equipped with an image sensor (obviously), accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS and two mics, plus it can communicate with third-party heart rate monitors via Bluetooth.
Using these sensors, it's able to notice things such as moving objects, changes in scenery, speed, heading and orientation, plus it picks up on loud noises and increases in heart rate. Via an accompanying app, you can instruct it to detect all of these factors, or to concentrate on specific ones. In any case, when it does notice that something has happened, it digitally tags that section of recorded video.
Once the recording is complete, you use the app to indicate the length of finished video that you wish the camera to put together. It then goes through the footage, selecting the bits that it's tagged and including enough of them to match the desired video length. You can also get it to cut the video to the beat of a musical soundtrack that you supply, or you can combine footage from multiple Graavas.
The finished video can be automatically saved to the cloud or a computer, and shared to social media. If there are any scenes you wanted that weren't included, it's still possible to manually edit those in.
According to its creators, the Graava should be able to shoot for up to three hours on one charge of its lithium-ion battery. Recharging is managed via an included wireless charging stand. Footage is recorded on an onboard Micro SD card.
If you're not the actioncam type, it can also be used as a dashcam, a baby monitor, or an accident-alert/documentation device for cyclists.
The Graava is available now for preorder, priced at US$249 – the planned retail price is $399. Shipping is expected to begin early next year, if all goes according to plans.
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