GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit

by Brian Mullin on January 13, 2012

GoPro had their new Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote on display at the CES in Las Vegas this week, and the kit will be Wi-Fi-enable their HERO2 and HERO camera’s. The back of the HERO and HERO2 camera have an expansion port, that will allow optional expansion packs (called BacPac) to be connected. The current BacPac list is an LCD screen to view videos and pictures, and a battery extender, for longer battery life. The BacPac’s come with an expanded back door, so that the fatter camera (camera with attached BacPac) will fit inside the housing.

The new Wi-Fi BacPac will enable long range video remote control via the Wi-Fi Remote, or an Android and iOS device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer running the free GoPro Wi-Fi App. The waterproof and durable Wi-Fi Remote, has a wristband, its own battery, an LCD screen and dual-buttons, and can enable control of up to 50 HD HERO2 cameras at a time, so some pretty wild multiple camera setups could be done. It will allow live video streaming and remote control, through smart-devices, computers, and the Web wherever Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot is present. This functionality will allow verification of the camera orientation and positioning, as well as a live feed for others to enjoy. The original HD HERO is compatible with the Wi-Fi BacPac and Remote, but only for remote control functionality. It will be using the 802.11n The Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote kit will retail for $99, and should be available February, 2012.

I am looking forward to trying out the new Wi-Fi kit when it’s released, mostly for the live streaming to a smartphone, which will greatly aid controlling what the camera is capturing.

Refer to the GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit website

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