oregon scientific atc-1000 helmet cam

Oregon Scientific is a pretty staid operation to go up against the likes of skate-god Tony Hawk, but that isn't stopping them from seeking a niche in the burgeoning helmet cam category; their take on thrashing-it-to-the-max is the ATC-1000, a helmet-mountable digital camcorder/still cam that records dizzying footage of the most jerky kind while you spin, flip, and wipe out. While the choice of 640 x 480, 320 x 240, or 160 x 120 resolutions is a nice touch, the apparent lack of any frames-per-second specs isn't very confidence inspiring. The ATC-1000 comes equipped with a 32MB SD card, upgradable to 1GB, and includes both PC editing software and an AV cable for TV viewing. As tempting as these helmet cams are, we're thinking of waiting out the trend for the robot minicopters with HD cams that buzz us while capturing all of our gnarly moves.

Update: An Oregon Scientific rep has confirmed that while the current model only manages 15 fps, future revs will step this up to a much more satisfactory 30 fps.

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