Optrix: iPhone Helmet Cam (video)
When it comes to head mounted camcorders, the first product we think of is GoPro. The last? The iPhone. Clearly it’s way too fragile to survive any of the follies that might occur during a downhill snowboarding expedition or while traversing a hill on a mountain bike. That is unless of course you’ve got it encased in the Optrix.
Beyond adding a water resistant layer of protection, they’ve crafted two “sleds” (one for the iPhone and one for the iPod Touch) that reduce shake and vibration. The screen is protected by a .5mm thick membrane that prevents scratches, dirt and water from seeping in, yet still allows you to administer the device. Mounting comes by way of 3m’s industrial adhesives, though we’d like to see some other options for mounting, though the company’s accessories page indicates there will be a handle bar mount as well as a few other options.
Suffice to say, we’re a bit skeptical. We don’t like the idea of putting a $649 device in harm’s way, but if the case can protect the iPhone 4s from just about anything that comes its way, then why not? However, GoPros offering starts at just $300 and includes waterproof, not water resistant housing.
You can buy the Optrix for $80.