Shonin Streamcam is a personal wearable camera that lets your record and stream to livestreaming platforms without eating up your battery life. The Shonin Streamcam is a wearable personal security device. (Photo from Shonin)
I was considering making a Raspberry Pi based body cam, and I wanted to see what was available now. I came across the Streamcam, and it makes me want to build the project after all.
We live during a time where anything and everything can be captured on camera. Sometimes it’s trivial, but other times it proves to be lifesaving. No matter how you feel about recording video on your phone, it does have potential security benefits. The only problem is if you’re trying to broadcast on Facebook Live or Periscope it can really kill your battery. A new security camera is hoping to solve this issue.
The Shonin Streamcam is a wearable security camera that’s meant to help keep your safe; don’t plan on using this for vlogging. The device is made to record and broadcast with ease thanks to its one touch recording system. Yet, it’s small and light enough to wear without looking to inconspicuous. It also comes with a variety of other features, like its waterproof construction, expandable 8GB SD card, LTE and WiFi capabilities, and recording in encrypted 1080P video quality. Also, whatever you record will be saved securely in the cloud and easy be broadcast to various live streaming platforms.
The Streamcam also works in conjunction with a companion app that gives you more control over your videos. You can watch what you just recorded and even make simple edits. There are also various camera settings to play with like resolution and turning off and on the recording light. The company also boasts various accessories for the camera, like magnetic clips, add-on battery packs, and a universal mount. And speaking of battery, there is no mention of how long the standard battery life is, but hopefully, the company will share more about this soon.
Streamcam is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter and has already surpassed its $30,000 goal. If you want to secure one of these cameras for yourself, you have to shell out $169 for the WiFi model and $179 for the LTE option.
Considering the violence that’s been captured and broadcast to streaming platforms, the Streamcam seems like a handy security device. But this doesn’t mean it won’t be abused. It brings up more questions about privacy; the fact that you can turn off the recording light and hide the fact your capturing video is a little iffy. Plus, people will probably try to sneak it into to places like concerts and movies where the recording issue is already a sensitive topic. Then again, with dash cams, GoPro cameras, home security cameras, and phone cams, it seems we’re getting used to the idea of constantly being watched.
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