Cateye Debuts INOU GPS Camera Cycling Computer / Trip Recorder

cateye inou gps cycling camera and trip recording bike computer

Cateye’s new INOU GPS Camera tracks your location throughout your ride and records still images and video the whole way, either automatically at preset 1, 2, 5 or 10 minute intervals or manually (or both). Data is recorded on SD cards (up to 32GB, a 1GB card comes with it an will record about an hour of video). After the ride, you can edit and upload the data to InouAtlas.com and it’ll overlay your ride onto Google Maps and show markers where each of the photos and video were taken.

But wait, there’s more! Check it out after the break…

Once uploaded, the online map will retrace your route, showing a marker moving along your path while displaying your speed, distance, ride time and elevation. See below for screen shot, sorry about the orientation:

You can also click on any of the markers to see the photos or video taken from that spot:

Once you’ve taken a look at it, you can share your ride with all of your social friends via Facebook and Twitter…and that’s really the point if the device: create a social-network-sharable adventure log. The camera is only 640×480 VGA quality, which is why it can record a full hour of video on the included 1GB card.

The INOU will be available in May for $250 USD. It uses two AAA batteries, so you can easily pick up new ones on your longer journeys.

Comments

Chuck - 03/08/11 - 11:54am

Craptastic. Come one Cateye, follow in the steps of Garmin. It’s a decent start but here is what it’s missing:
1. A screen
2. ANT+
3. LiPo Battery

King County - 03/08/11 - 5:47pm

chuck, I don’t think the Garmin has a camera. Also, I like using a common battery that is available anywhere.

Dan - 03/08/11 - 6:33pm

Garmin’s are a real pain to deal with, their software blows. If you’re not “training” then you don’t need all of the excess.

This will be really nice for the average cyclist that doesn’t need ANT+. But I do think it should have a LiPo battery. Triple A is a bit dated, I’m sure it keeps the cost down by $50.

asmallsol - 03/08/11 - 8:20pm

@Dan, the cost of this thing is still $250. GPS chipsets are so cheap these days, with complete gps units with maps and POI’s going for less then $100. All this thing needs to do is do a little bit of data logging for gps coordinates and since flash memory is also cheap. The camera is just another digi-cam, which once again is a dime a dozen. There is no reason why this thing should be over $100 bucks. If it had an HD camera like the Hero, a good battery, all tied into a super light package, the price would be much more justified, but for this, its another thing that will be passed on.

mountguitars - 03/09/11 - 1:48am

I agree. it may have a camera but wtf is 640X480 compared to HD? GPS devices nowadays are affordable and it even has a “screen”. this one is garbage!

Chipollini - 03/10/11 - 1:14am

Ok, easy solution for this still birth of a product… Most people have some sort of smart phone these days – GPS apps are a dime a dozen, so just by a GoPro HD and you are set!

Chuck - 03/10/11 - 7:54am

It’s clear from the pictures of the unit, and the server side ride tracking that the unit does have an internal GPS. That doesn’t chance the fact that given its size it should have a stem based mount, and a real screen so it can at the minimum give ANT+ feedback to the rider. I understand this is geared toward the average cyclist, but at $250 what kind of average cyclist are you talking about? Sure it doesn’t have to calibrate at powertap and display watts but I’m willing to bet the ‘average’ cyclist would still like to know heart rate, speed, cadence, ect.

Tyler (Editor) - 03/10/11 - 11:57am

Just one thing to keep in mind is that the recorded info can be uploaded and stored at no charge…which could add up to many, many megabytes over time with avid use. It’s also processed into a useable format, laid over Google Maps and made available to share with friends via Twitter, Facebook, etc. Without taking sides on the price vs. value argument, that’s something that should be considered. Folks visiting their booth at Urban PressCamp were actually pretty excited about it.

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