Looxcie – a bluetooth video camera headset for Android phones

by Steve Ginter on
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Heres a neat concept – take a bluetooth headset and throw in a camera that see’s everything you see.  Now add an Android app that allows you to  turn your phone into a viewfinder, remote control, and editing tool for creating clips (up to 30 minutes in length), and you may as well be on your way to becoming a hybrid cyborg!  This neat little device from Looxcie is perfect for those who are into almost-live vlogging (video blogging), or just want to take out the effort of transferring video and editing it on a computer to share with family and friends.

Got a phone call?  No problem, Looxcie doubles as a standard bluetooth headset and can continue to shoot video as well – with 4 hours of recording time to go with its 5 hours of onboard storage  (6+ hours of continuous talk time without video).  Note, the Looxcie app is only available on certain Android phones running Android 2.0 and higher.  It’s available on Amazon today for $199.

See more specs and the full press release after the jump.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Looxcie, Inc. announced today the launch of Looxcie™ (look-see), the first small, light, easy-to-wear camcorder that videos everything the user sees. A Bluetooth-enabled headset, Looxcie fits comfortably on the ear and points where the user looks. Because it is always on, always videoing, users never have to worry about pressing a record button or missing a key event. When an unexpected moment occurs, a press of the instant clip button captures the last 30 seconds of video and stores it as a permanent clip on the device. Users can immediately share their clips by email while they’re fresh and relevant. The accompanying Looxcie smartphone application also turns the phone into a viewfinder, remote control and editing tool for creating clips up to 30 minutes in length. “Looxcie frees people to remain engaged in what they’re doing rather than be burdened by the technology,” said Looxcie CEO Romulus Pereira. “We built Looxcie with the goal of freeing people to participate in life’s moments as they happen, and to share these excerpts on the go, rather than wait until after the event and excitement has passed.”

Looxcie currently operates with the majority of Android 2.0 and higher smartphones, with support for additional smartphone operating systems forthcoming. Clips can also be uploaded to a Mac or PC via the USB connector for archiving, viewing, editing or additional sharing. Users can also pre-program an Instant Share recipient so that when they “long-press” the instant clip button, Looxcie automatically sends the clip to the pre-determined email address. A complete list of compatible phones is available at www.looxcie/looxcie-app.html. Looxcie will be available for sale beginning today at Amazon.com  for a suggested retail price of $199.

“Our goal is to offer a wide selection and exclusive access to the latest and greatest consumer technologies,” said Jim Adkins, director of wireless and mobile electronics for Amazon.com and AmazonWireless.com. ”We are pleased to team with Looxcie to bring their next-generation solution to our customers.”

Product Details:

Looxcie utilizes a dual processor system for video and Bluetooth communication so the headset can operate in video mode and talk mode at the same time, or separately.  Looxcie uses a mini processor for Bluetooth that includes a digital signal processing system to process and optimize the audio. The camcorder’s mini video processor includes software by Looxcie that optimizes power use, automatically corrects for light and color, and formats video for mobile devices. These processing systems operate concurrently so users can simultaneously handle calls and capture video.

Additional Product Features & Specs:

  • Fully adjustable fit for comfort and view refinement
  • Lightweight:  less than 28g (1 oz.)
  • Always on battery life allows up to 4 hrs of continuous video use
  • 6+ hours of continuous talk time when the video capability is not on
  • Clips are time stamped and stored in a clip register as MP4 files
  • On-board storage of up to 4 hrs of video and hundreds of instant clips (3 hrs of clips)
    • Stored video drops off on FIFO basis for any material unsaved as clips
  • 15 FPS, HVGA resolution camera
  • Bluetooth Class 2 (2.5mW) for up to 10 meters range
  • 480mAh Li Po battery for extended record and talk times
  • ROHS compliant manufacturer
  • DSP optimized for clear, crisp audio

About Looxcie

Looxcie Inc. is the creator of the first, “always on,” wearable camcorder that allows consumers the freedom to be active participants in the moments they’re recording. The hands-free system, featuring a fully functioning video camera integrated with a Bluetooth headset, enables continuous recording of up to five hours of video. Looxcie moments can be clipped, saved, viewed, and instantly shared via the included app on a Looxcie compatible smartphone while the moment is fresh and relevant. Looxcie is currently available online at Amazon.com.  Founded in 2008, Looxcie is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA and is backed by Artiman Ventures. For more information, visit www.looxcie.com.

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  • http://admiral70.blogspot.com Jeff B

    this would be loads of fun on a bike ride. Currently unavailable in amazon will keep an eye on this one.

  • SirWally

    That is neat! The only problems I have are:

    1) Much like many Bluetooth headsets, you will look like a tool with a bazooka strapped to the side of your head. It would be nice if the camera was detachable.

    2) Only 15FPS? Bummer. I like neat gizmos, but if the quality is poor then it is only neat for a few minutes. I would have expected far better video quality than that for $200!

    3) If the camera was detachable and could then be reattached to a clip accessory, we would be onto a hot product! Video conferencing for every phone without an FFC.

  • JoAnn

    Now you can look like even more of a tool than ordinary bluetooth headset wearing tools!

  • http://bing baxter

    will it record in the dark

  • Jose Kollamkulam

    Sir Wally’s comment:
    >3) If the camera was detachable and could then be reattached to a clip accessory, we would be onto a hot product! Video conferencing for every phone without an FFC.

    ..completely agree. It’s more than a year an the only product I see is a lousy Chinese one:
    http://www.gsmdome.com/technology/jingpeng-e1181-is-a-chinese-james-bond-phone-thanks-to-detachable-camera_2603

  • Erlei Lemes

    Can I connect that with skype through my cellphone???