Apple Approves Contour’s Apps – View Live Video, Adjust Cam Settings on iPhone

contour hd action sports camera with iphone android app for bluetooth live video viewing and camera settings control

Until Google’s self-driving cars become a reality, this is seriously one of the coolest meldings of technology we’ve seen in a bit. Originally announced at CES earlier this year, Apple has finally approved the app and hardware to use your iPhone and iPod Touch as a live viewfinder for Contour’s HD GPS action sports camera.

There are two parts to technological bliss: First, download the free Viewfinder App for your iDevice. Second, get the $30 ConnectView card (already on Amazon.com w/ free shipping!) and insert it into the camera. An Android version is in the works and should be available soon and…wait for it… claims to be able to all of this without needing the card.

Not only does it let you get the position of the camera dialed, the app also gives you control of the camera’s settings. Now switching between video/still image modes, recording quality, etc., doesn’t require you tethering it to your ‘pooter and booting up some software.

We should get some hands-on time with one of these babies soon, look for a full report on its awesomeness in a few weeks.

UPDATED: App screenshots and full press release after the break…

contour hd gps helmet camera with iphone ipod touch app for live viewing via bluetooth and controlling the camera settings remotely

PRESS RELEASE:

Contour, market leader in hands-free video cameras, today announced the availability of its ConnectView card and Viewfinder App for iPhone and iPod touch. The ContourGPS camera is a hands-free video camera designed to capture location and HD video.

The ConnectView card is inserted into the ContourGPS camera and connects it with iPhone or iPod touch over Bluetooth. Once the connection is established, the Viewfinder App enables iPhone or iPod touch to act as a live viewfinder.

The ConnectView card is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation).

“This changes the game in hands-free video,” states Contour CEO Marc Barros. “With this solution, we’ve overcome the limitation of a video camera lacking a wireless screen. Now when your camera is mounted you can actually look at a screen to line up your shot and change your settings in real time. Hands-free video just got a lot more hands-free.”

To use the new feature, ContourGPS video camera users must:

•    Update the firmware on their ContourGPS camera.
•    Purchase the Contour ConnectView card ($29.99 MSRP).
•    Download the free Viewfinder App from the App Store.

The Contour Viewfinder App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com.

For complete instructions and additional information, visit http://contour.com/mobile.

The ContourGPS camera brings together three of the hottest trends: mobile, location and video. It goes beyond being just a camera—it’s an all-in-one platform that offers innovative software in conjunction with a vibrant online community. Customers can record, post, and share their video adventures while tracking their path, speed, and elevation on a map—all at the same time. A rugged video camera made specifically for the estimated 100 million outdoor enthusiasts around the world, ContourGPS makes it easy to capture video from within the action and share it online in seconds.

Comments

Ettore - 03/23/11 - 12:18pm

This is neat but I hope they will develop an app for the Android Phone platform. Not everyone has an iPhone.

Jason - 03/23/11 - 12:28pm

How far apart from the cam would the iphone/ipad work? be cool at a race to have the cam on your helemt and your pit/freinds watching live pictures as you race….

Tyler (Editor) - 03/23/11 - 12:35pm

The connection is bluetooth, which usually has a range of up to 30 feet or so.

spokejunky - 03/23/11 - 1:26pm

Someone needs photoshop help on the first one unless they are teasing the Android crowd. That is a HTC Nexus One running Android cozying up to the cam and Bluetooth symbol. The 30ft range is theoretical without breathing (low power vs. high power) or obstacles. I wouldn’t trust it further than 10 or 15 feet.

Tyler (Editor) - 03/23/11 - 1:38pm

The word from Contour is the Android one will be available in “the spring” and not a moment sooner.

Basically, this is meant to be used by the wearer to fine tune the position and settings quickly and easily. Broadcast capabilities would be freakin’ sweet, though. Give it five years and I’m sure we’ll be there via things like Wimax.

Chris - 03/23/11 - 1:49pm

sucks to be a Blackberry user

spokejunky - 03/23/11 - 2:05pm

WiMax would be nice. Think cheap and affordable HD MTB racing on the big screen via the out port on the head devices.

Carlos - 03/23/11 - 3:58pm

Everyone should have an iPhone!

Mike - 03/23/11 - 9:40pm

Unfortunate it’s on an inferior camera. The GoPro records in a higher quality IMO. I was very unhappy with the mounting and end product (video) of the Contour. Maybe I’ll try it again in the future.

topmounter - 03/24/11 - 11:20pm

+1 for photoshopfail.net

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