GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac and Remote Available Now

by Brian Mullin on June 4, 2012

I have been waiting a long time for the Wi-Fi BacPac, and I am looking
forward to trying out the new kit, especially for the live streaming to a
smartphone, which will greatly aid
controlling what the camera is capturing. In addition, it will be nice
to remotely turn the camera on and off, without having to reach up on my
helmet and locate the button.It’s great to see GoPro stepping up to the
plate with this interface, and it will greatly benefit an already
spectacular product.


GoPro® Celebrates Launch of Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote with Short Film: “New York City”
World Renowned Skateboarder, Ryan Sheckler, Captures Personal “Streets
of New York” Experience with 50 Wi-Fi Enabled GoPro Cameras

HALF MOON BAY, CA (June 4, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — GoPro,
maker of the world’s most versatile cameras and producer of some of
today’s most engaging online programming, has just made it easier for
people to capture professional quality content during any activity. The
company officially released its much-anticipated Wi-Fi BacPac™ + Wi-Fi
Remote Combo Kit, allowing people to control multiple GoPro cameras at a
time using either a smartphone, tablet, or the included waterproof
Wi-Fi Remote.Additional features include live streaming video from GoPro
cameras to smartphones, tablets and directly to the web via a
soon-to-be-released software update. The Wi-Fi BacPac attaches to the
back of GoPro cameras to Wi-Fi enable them. The waterproof and wearable
Wi-Fi Remote can control up to 50 GoPro cameras at a time from a range
of 600’ (180m).“GoPro makes it easy for people to capture immersive and
engaging footage of themselves during their favorite activities,” said
Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “The professional quality
content our customers are capturing is inspiring them to use several
GoPros at a time to document their experiences from multiple
perspectives…something you’d normally see only on professional
production shoots. A new era of ‘personal production’ has begun and
Wi-Fi-enabling our cameras gives GoPro customers even more creative
control to capture some of the most meaningful content in the world:
their lives. Plus, live streaming video from your GoPro to your
smartphone or the web is extremely cool and opens up so many new ways to
use a GoPro.” 

When
considering how to celebrate its new product launch, GoPro asked its
team of sponsored athletes for their idea of a dream video production
that would involve them controlling all of the cameras on the shoot.
World-renowned skateboarder Ryan Sheckler had the idea to skate an area
of New York City that he’d always dreamt about, documenting his
experience using the new Wi-Fi Remote to control 50 GoPro cameras
positioned along his path.

[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JI0wUyH7q4[/youtube]
The resulting short film, “New York City”,
documents a “day-in-the-life” skate from the top of the Manhattan
Bridge through Chinatown, finishing at the entrance to the storied Lower
East Side skate park – considered by many to be the mecca of street
skating. Along the way Sheckler captures not only his inspired skating
but also the sites, sounds and color that are NYC. As with all GoPro
releases, the film was shot entirely on GoPro cameras.

“This is
something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Ryan Scheckler. “To skate
through a part of New York City that thousands of people ride through
every week, feeling the energy of one of the original stomping grounds
of street skating. That I finally got to do it and document it with the
support of GoPro is awesome. I’m already thinking of my next project and
hopefully this inspires other people to realize and document their own
creative ideas.”

The Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit is now available for $99.99 on GoPro.com
and at retailers across the U.S. and Europe with availability expanding
globally. A future software update will enable live video streaming to
the web directly from a GoPro camera. Additionally, a free,
soon-to-be-released GoPro App will enable GoPro cameras to live video
stream to – as well as be controlled by – iOS and Android smartphones
and tablets.

“New York City” debuts today on GoPro’s website, GoPro’s Facebook Page as well as on The GoPro Network.
The GoPro Network features some of today’s most engaging programming,
showcasing the world’s top professional and consumer generated
GoPro-captured content.

About GoPro
GoPro
makes the world’s most versatile cameras, enabling people to capture
immersive and engaging photos and videos of themselves during their
favorite activities. GoPro’s HD HERO line of wearable and gear mountable
cameras are used collectively by more consumers, professional athletes,
and video production professionals than any other camera in the world.
Based in Half Moon Bay, California, GoPro’s products are sold in over 80
countries worldwide and at GoPro.com.

GoPro®,
HD HERO2®, HD HERO® & BacPac™ are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Woodman Labs, Inc. in the United States and other
countries.

 

Wi-Fi BacPac™ + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit – Product Description and Features

Live from your GoPro – Control. View. Share.
The Wi-Fi Combo Kit enables remote control, live preview and playback
on smartphones and tablets*, live streaming* to the web, and more. The
Wi-Fi Combo Kit is compatible with HD HERO2 and Original HD HERO
cameras.

Wi-Fi Remote:

  • Control up to 50 cameras a time, 600’/ 180m range
  • Full camera control: On/Off, Mode, Shutter, and Settings
  • Attachment strap, key ring, and charging cable included
  • Wearable & Waterproof to 10’/3m


GoPro App + Smartphone or Tablet (Coming Soon)

  • Control your GoPro(s) with your smartphone or tablet
  • Live preview & playback of videos & photos from your GoPro(s)
  • Wi-Fi transfer* footage from your GoPro to your smartphone or tablet and share with friends
  • Live stream your smartphone as a hotspot

Live Streaming + Sharing Directly from Your GoPro (Coming Soon)
Live stream video or share photos and videos directly to the web from
your GoPro, wherever you have a network connection (coming soon).

What’s Included

  • Wi-Fi BacPac (with built-in Li-ion Battery)
  • Wi-Fi Remote (with built-in Li-ion Battery)
  • Remote Charging Cable
  • Remote Attachment Key
  • Remote Attachment Strap
  • Waterproof Backdoor
  • Non-waterproof Backdoor
  • 12” USB Charging Cable

NOTE:
A product update is REQUIRED before using your Wi-Fi products. The
original HD HERO is only compatible with the Wi-Fi Remote. Does not
support GoPro App and video + photo live streaming.

* available
with a free future downloadable Wi-Fi BacPac product update. Support for
using your smartphone as a hotspot may vary from mobile carrier to
carrier.

NOTE: A product update is REQUIRED before using your Wi-Fi BacPac or Remote. Click HERE
for a free update download. The original HD HERO is only compatible
with the Wi-Fi Remote. The original HD HERO does not support the GoPro
App, video + photo preview / playback, or live streaming. Live video
streaming to the web is available for the HD HERO2 with a free future
downloadable product update. Wireless internet connection required;
additional fees may apply. The Wi-Fi Remote does not require a Wi-Fi
network as it creates its own Wi-Fi network. Supports iOS 4 and Android
OS 2.2 and newer devices. Specifications are subject to change without
notice.

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