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March 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 108

How the helmet camera was invented

Mountain biking is a sport which consists of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain. Most of the times, bikers would love to go for a ride towards a trail which has many scenic spots. Mountain biking is so exciting yet can be so unsafe if you go without being fully accessorized.

One such important mountain biking accessory is a helmet. It provides great head protection. The use of helmets is almost universal amongst all mountain bikers. Maybe, Mark Schulze considered these factors when he got the idea to invent the first helmet camera in 1987. With this, a biker gets the utmost head protection while having the chance to capture the beauty of nature without being distracted from the pedals.

The helmet camera pioneered when it captured the world's first mountain biking video. Wherein, the first available RCA-made chip camera was mounted to a motorcycle helmet. The camera fed signal via cable to a VCR inside a padded backpack. This was used by various mountain bikers to capture their rides. But after each ride, a wearer would complain of it, being heavy.

Soon, the head gear became a standard piece of equipment worn by sport aficionados to record and share their experiences. And with the introduction of digital cameras and smaller camera production, the helmet camera field also came into advancement. It was produced smaller in size and began recording to digital recorders with video displays. In 1991 World League of American Football introduced the innovation of a miniature camera mounted on the right side of the helmet worn by quarterbacks. USA Network and Aerial Video Systems of Burbank, California developed this rig. These were briefly used to feed live player's-eye-view footage in the professional American football. After players complained of the extra weight, the use of these rigs was discontinued and TV networks were also alarmed about the aggressive behaviour the cameras captured.

Reinvention of the helmet camera

Technology doesn't stop this rig to develop their newest generation. Features were made high-tech like on-screen menus, high definition format, 3D capabilities and waterproof enclosures. It is also became known as a micro video camera, bullet camera or lipstick camera. Many sports enthusiasts use this to capture the essence of their sports. Many paraglide pilots record their flights by using a bullet camera which they sometimes mount on their helmets. Cyclists love to use this as a safety aid and also allow them to record their journeys and any other incidents on their points of view. Recording from this was once used as court evidence when a British cyclist was convicted of abusing traffic enforcers in 2006. Fire fighters have also began using this kind of headgears as a tool to assess their responses to fires and allow the non-fire fighters to get a glimpse of what actually is going on inside a burning building. It is also being used now in the military, wherein video footages can be sent back to a command outpost.

Before you purchase a rig for you, you've got to consider some pointers. Do a lot of researching first and find one that will suit your needs and budget. Consider the sound and image quality, the size, durability and the mounting units. Good luck on finding the good camera and have fun capturing those moments when you least expected it to occur.

Chris is a representative of Helmet Cameras Australia. Helmet Cameras Australia is considered as one of Australia's Action Camera specialists. They offer all the leading Action Video Cameras like GoPro, Contour, Replay XD, and Drift Innovation POV cameras. They are the leading supplier of the best waterproof action camera for active adventures like skiing, snow boarding, sky diving, surfing, mountain bike, car racing, or any other rugged or extreme sports, including a full range of camera accessories. For more information about their product range, please visit their website

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