Posting from Las Vegas: Mountable HD cameras from Seattle-based Contour are already popular among extreme sports enthusiasts, allowing them to capture video of their exploits from their own points of view. A new partnership announced by the company today takes it to a new level, adding the option of live streaming video from the cameras, from pretty much anywhere.
Tokyo-based Cerevo announced today that its LiveShell device will be able to connect to the Contour camera via an HDMI cable and use Ustream to broadcast a live video feed from the camera over the web. The companies say the setup takes less than five minutes.
At the Contour booth here at the Consumer Electroics Show today, Cerevo’s CEO Takuma Iwasa, a motor sports enthusiast, explained that he was a user of the Contour camera before partnering with the Seattle company.
One big catch, for now: The LiveShell device connects to Ustream using either a Wi-Fi or wired network, not a cellular connection, so extreme sports enthusiasts will need to be carrying a mobile hotspot, such as those in some smartphones, to truly offer an on-the-go streaming experience. The companies say they envision a wide variety of uses, not just extreme sports.
LiveShell will go on sale for $299 on Feb. 1 via Contour’s online store. It works with the Contour+ camera, which sells for $499.99.