O’Neill goes extreme with Video backpack

by James

H4 backpack

Extreme sports enthusiasts wanting to document their shredding, can be just like Warren Miller thanks to O’Neill – the sports manufacturer famous for wetsuits and clothing lines. They have upgraded it’s Campack with a portable media player/recorder and external camera lens. Snowboarders, skier’s, and anyone who is addicted to getting the rush of extreme sports can use the H4 Campack to record their relentless pursuit of cheating death.

An external camera for video taping extreme sports is nothing new. Samsung had a wireless sports camera setup last year and still has the wired variant in the SC-X300L. But what makes the H4 system so cool isn’t the external camera lens that attaches to a head or goggles, but the fact that recording is completely controllable through the backpack itself. Control buttons, large enough for ski gloves to press them, are located on the shoulder strap. Stop, start and record are easily accessible in this fashion. Sadly though, gone are both iPod and Bluetooth connectivity as well as a solar charging option which was part of the H2 system.

The player sports a media 2.4-inch 240k color LCD, and stores video on either it’s 512MB of internal memory or up to 2GB in SD card storage. Very disappointing that a high capacity SD storage wasn’t used as snowboarders (and others) will have to stop and change SD cards after only about 2 hours of YouTube quality PAL video. Ever try changing something the size of a quarter with ski gloves?

Nice effort though. Cost is going to be about $400 USD starting in December.

Source: High Snobiety via Engadget (cool video here of it in action)

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