How do you imagine yourself taking a photo ten years from now?
Are you still using a smartphone? Have retro film-stock cameras made a comeback? Or, like me, do you imagine you’ll be able to capture anything you see with a controlled blink because you’ve augmented your eyeball with a functioning camera?
Okay, we’re probably still decades away from commercial cybernetic enhancements—much to my dismay.
On the bright side, we’ve already got a lot of cool tech to play with, and by and large, none of it has to be installed in an operating room.
The PogoCam is one such gadget that remains on the outside of your body, yet feels like it’s a part of you.
What is it and how does it work?
The PogoCam is a light-weight, wearable camera (roughly the size of a tube of chapstick) that attaches to your glasses with a small magnetic adapter. The adapter comes in three sizes and fits almost any frames, from broad-rimmed wayfarers to wire-frame bifocals.
What’s in the box?
- PogoCam 5MP camera
- Smart Case
- 3 PogoLoop adapters (S,M,L)
- Safety rings (to prevent detachment)
- USB Type C 12-inch charger
- Microfiber cloth
At its core, PogoCam is all about simplicity. The instructions are easy to digest, and setup and operation is a cinch. It even comes with a wallet-sized reference card detailing PogoCam’s basic operations for when you’re out and about.
What are the specs?
- 5MP camera sensor
- 720 HD video at 30 FPS with audio
- Camera stores 100 photos or six 30-second videos
- Water and sweat resistant
- Idle battery life of 20 days
The Smart Case:
- Recharges PogoCam three times from single charge
- Stores up to 16,000 photos or one-hundred and eighty 30-second videos
- Compact size makes it ideal for transport
The Smart Case simultaneously downloads media while removing it from the PogoCam camera, freeing up the cam’s storage, all while it charges.
How do I view my photos/videos?
Simply download the PogoCam app on your phone from your app store—just make sure your Bluetooth is turned on—you’ll be prompted to pair the Smart Case to your phone as soon as you open the app.
From here you’ll be able to view your photos in a gallery and choose to download your pics or delete them. Videos MUST be uploaded directly from your Smart Case to your computer via the USB cord (you can also choose to upload your photos this way).
Overall, the PogoCam is convenient, versatile, and super easy to use. I really love the concept—and the Smart Case is incredibly efficient—but as a whole, the PogoCam definitely has room to improve. I’ve compiled a short list that I think best addresses the PogoCam’s pros and cons:
- High-quality photos
- Outstanding battery economy
- It’s wearable (…I mentioned that one, right?)
- Easily attachable/detachable
- Great for quick, on-the-go photos
- Simple and fun to use!
- Audio/video quality is satisfactory, but not great
- The PogoCam app is a bit buggy, but nothing that can’t be fixed in an update
- Videos must be uploaded directly to computer—kind of a bummer when the photos can be transferred via the app
- There’s no flash, so you’re limited to daytime use
While the PogoCam isn’t perfect, the good news is that it’s first generation, so there’s plenty of room to grow—and besides, you can’t wear your smartphone on your face. As far as wearable tech goes, I give the PogoCam two thumbs up.
If you’re interested in purchasing the PogoCam, or just want to learn more, make sure to visit their site for details.
(Below are some critters I snapped with the PogoCam. Enjoy!)
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