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The GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac™ + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit

GoPro Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit

GoPro Wi-Fi Remote: Leading the Way

  • Product: The GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac™ + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit
  • Price: $99.99
  • Requirements: GoPro Hero or Hero2 HD

Every once in a while there comes a product that simply revolutionizes the way we have always done something. In GoPro’s unique case (more specifically, Woodman Labs, Inc., GoPro’s parent company), they revolutionized something really only a few lay persons had ever done… Successfully. That is to create cinema style video in HD quality, which quite simply turns whatever it is you did into a Hollywood movie action sequence ~ Literally. The GoPro Hero Sports Action Cam is one of the single biggest innovations in documenting what you did properly since the invention of cameras, and for that matter guts. But it wasn’t without a few draw backs. One of those was it’s inability to be remotely controlled (if you even want to call it a drawback). Even though the system’s primary use is to be worn by the action haver, the company provides a multitude of other ways to mount the camera, providing endless angles in which to shoot yourself getting rad. Obviously, you had to make sure the camera was turned on before you started the sequence of events which was to contain your action(s) ~ A simple but often overlooked detail. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken my helmet off once in the air because I forgot to turn the camera on.

Well now, in an apparently endless streak of innovations to come from Woodman Labs, there is a way to remotely operate the camera, or cameras.. But back to that in a moment. GoPro has released their Wi-Fi BacPac™ + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit, a $99 dollar add-on which allows the camera, via an attachment to it as well as a remote on your person, to be remotely controlled. It’s an additional system which bleeds over in it’s conceptual simplicity, but don’t let that fool you. The folks at Woodman Labs have enabled, through careful design and forethought, many other exciting features to this new add-on.

Features:

  • Control up to 50 cameras at a time from up to 600’/180m in optimal conditions
  • Enjoy full camera control, including On/Off, Shutter and Settings control
  • LCD screen mirrors your camera’s LCD status screen
  • Remote wearable and waterproof to 10’/3m

Additional features* coming Fall 2012:

  • GoPro App: use your smartphone or tablet as a live video remote—includes video and photo preview and playback
  • Wi-Fi transfer your favorite videos and photos from your GoPro to your smartphone or tablet to share with friends
  • Live stream video or share photos and videos directly to the web from your GoPro, wherever you have a network connection—including using your Smartphone as a hotspot

Wifi Remote: Additional Features: Fall 2012

What’s in the Box:

  • 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

Wifi Remote: What's in the box

More on just the Wi-Fi BacPac…

The Wi-Fi BacPac attaches to your GoPro camera, enabling long range remote control (600’/180m in optimal conditions) when used with the Wi-Fi Remote. To Wi-Fi enable multiple GoPro cameras, Wi-Fi BacPacs can be purchased individually for $59.99 here.
Wifi Remote: Just the Wi-Fi Backpac

Conclusion

I must say, in my own personal opinion this is the biggest innovation to the GoPro system since the camera itself. It is so handy to be able to see what the camera(s) is doing from afar, even if “afar” is only a foot or two, such as in tight situations or action sequences when one more thing to worry about isn’t an option. No system is perfect, and all three devices must have firmware updates prior to use.. A process though which is very well illustrated and explained in detail on GoPro’s site. I can’t wait to hook up multiple cameras and be able to control them all from my wrist. Important to note is that cameras cannot be individually controlled though (yet, anyway) ~ Probably not a bad thing when your flying Powered Paragliders.