This article was originally published on February 26, 2012.
Now photographers can digitally see their own visual world. Pivothead has innovated new sunglasses with built-in video cameras. Now we can get to protect our eyes and at the same time record things we see every day.
- a 44.1 kHz microphone.
- Gyroscopic Image Stabilization.
- Continuous Auto-focus, when “Active Mode” is selected.
- Video can be shot at 30fps in either 1080p or 720p or @ 60fp in only 720p.
- Videos saved as H.264/MPEG-4 format.
- an 8 megapixel camera.
- The video glasses also offer “Spectator Mode,” “Social Mode,” and “Black & White Mode.”
- Burst modes to take three, five, 10 or 16 stills in rapid succession and variety of time-lapse options.
- Up to two hours of recording with each charge.
- Easy-to-share video format with hassle free file transfers by USB or MicroSD card and Glasses Manager Software.
- All Pivot eye wear models incorporate cutting-edge Swiss frame material technologies
- Anti-scratch, anti-reflection and hydrophobic coatings.
- Numerous top grade lens options and special lenses to filter out unwanted frequencies at both infrared and ultraviolet ends of the spectrum.
You can simply wear the glasses as regular sunglasses and then when you need to record something you turn on the camera by tapping a button on the bottom of the left side. Pushing a button on top of that side begins recording in the default mode of 1080p at 30fps.
The settings for the glasses can be changed via various ways of holding down the buttons, reminiscent of adjusting old sports watches. LEDs on the interior of the left side give feedback while you do this.
The stills camera employs a Sony CMOS sensor, optimized for capturing high speed images at good quality. CMOS sensors are used in both the iPhone 4 and 4S.
Pivot Video Recording Eye wear won enthusiastic endorsement at the Winter Outdoor Retailer Market Trade Show in Salt Lake City in 2011. The sleek, high-definition video recording glasses won the new “In-New-Vation” award sponsored by 3M.
“The focus is on quality,” says inventor and Colorado native Christopher Cox. The 3M In-New-Vation Award recognizes the best and most innovative new products in six categories. The panel of experts evaluated products on innovation, functionality, usefulness and design, and found the glasses lightweight and comfortable to wear.
“By simply rocking the pivot switch, users can record exactly what they are seeing and hearing, or take 8 mega pixel still images. We think people will be Pivot-proud and have fun capturing their thrills and memories hands free.”
Pivothead expects to start shipping the glasses in April, priced at $349.