Pull a gnarly trick on the slopes and you’ll probably regret not having a camera running to record your performance. That’s where Liquid Image steps in, who has been producing goggles for all types of terrain, even Scuba diving and snorkeling, for sometime now. At CES 2012 the company added their product line up and introduced Apex HD snow goggles, which boast built-in WiFi and a full HD camera.
Now, to be clear we’ve seen the same camera on their Impact Series cameras. It’s capable of capturing full HD video at 30 fps, 720p video at 60fps for those who don’t want to miss a frame of action as well as a 12-megapixel shooter. Now, from what we’ve understood, before this iteration, controlling the built-in camera required skiers to fumble around with a set of buttons directly on the mask. Hardly ideal when you’re all suited up and ready to go.
As a result, Liquid Image has now outfitted their goggles with built-in WiFi, allowing you to administer settings as well as obtain a live preview of the camera directly on your smartphone. Alternatively, a fellow skier could follow and change the settings, increasing the frame rate or activating the continuous still shooting mode. For those without a compatible smartphone there will also be an available remote, though no preview from our understanding. Last, but not least, the camera’s angle will be adjustable by tightening and loosening a hidden screw in the frame of the mask. Like previous Liquid Image masks, video and photos are recorded to a microSD card slot and can be uploaded via a USB connection to a computer at a later time.
The APEX HD will be available October, though another version, not designed for the slopes will arrive June. Expect them to start at about $300.
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