October 17, 2013 - Sena had a major announcement today at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida.
The Sena Bluetooth Action Camera has advanced features unlike no other current motorcycle video camera.
This is a revolutionary new design that can be controlled via the Sena SMH10 and new SMH20S intercom system.
The Action Camera also sends spoken status announcements back to the Sena Bluetooth headset to inform the rider about camera functions.
For example, the camera will tell the rider when it's recording and when it has stopped.
Remote voice recording is also available, so the rider can overlay voice and/or the Bluetooth headset music on to the video as it is being recorded.
Remote control of the Action Camera will also become possible as Sena develops the technology. The camera is still in final stages of development, so some features may change.
The mounts for the camera will be the quick release type -- no screws. A helmet mount similar to the Sena Bluetooth intercom mount will be provided with the Sena Action Camera motorcycle kit. The mount attaches to the right side of the helmet and the camera can be snapped in and out via the quick release.
Other quick release mount options will be provided with the kit.
Sena is also working on a firmware update for the Action Camera that will allow it to communicate with other brands of intercoms but with a slightly smaller control capability.
The Sena Bluetooth Action Camera kit, which includes the camera, mounts and various accessories, will have a list price of $399.00 and will be available some time after January of 2014. Specifications and press release are posted below.
The Sena Bluetooth Pack for GoPro is a specially designed adapter for the GoPro Hero3 that provides Bluetooth capabilities to a Bluetooth motorcycle intercom, similar to the capabilities of the new Sena Bluetooth Action Camera.
With the use of Bluetooth headsets, the Sena Bluetooth Pack for GoPro allows users to add their voice to the video onthefly using Bluetooth Audio Recording feature.
"Being able to narrate the video during recording not only provides users a whole new experience but also reduces the need for followup audio editing allowing for in the moment audio experiences", according to Sena.
The Sena GoPro Pack is designed to connect to both Sena and other brands of Bluetooth intrecoms, allowing users to pair their vocals with the video.
Shen using a Sena Bluetooth intercom, users may add not only their own voice but also audio from their companions through the use of the intercom to create a mixed audio experience.
Features: Bluetooth 3.0 Supports GoPro Hero3 camera Bluetooth Audio Recording up to 500 meters (540 yards). Microphone audio mix between builtin microphone and Bluetooth headsets supports HD-quality recording with Sena Bluetooth intercoms. Also includes voice prompts and it's firmware upgradeable. Two-year warranty. Price TBD.
(Sena Action Cam Press Release, Edited by webBikeWorld.com) - The Sena Bluetooth Action Camera is the first camera on the market that provides authentic Bluetooth technology! The Sena Bluetooth Action Camera is an ideal solution for the users who want to record their adventures while capturing their video and voice on the fly.
The all new action camera is Bluetooth 4.0 capable with 1080 HD video recording featuring Bluetooth-based remote control and voice prompt.
The Bluetooth function of the camera is exclusive to Sena and creates a whole new experience for the users by providing unique Bluetooth capability such as remote voice recording, remote control, and useful voice feedback from the operations.
For motorcycle riders, Sena provides unique mounting accessories, QRMMTM (Quick Release Motorcycle Mounting) system, which enables riders to quickly attach and detach the camera to change the view through the use of a variety of mounting options such as wind shield mount, fog lamp type mount, and side mirror mount. The Sena Bluetooth Action Camera is the perfect addition to every adventurer with Bluetooth technology in action!
The Sena Bluetooth Action Camera is the first on the market to come fully Bluetooth capable. While the Sena Bluetooth Action Camera supports full compatibility with Sena Motorcycle Bluetooth products including remote audio recording, remote control, voice prompt, and more, it supports other Bluetooth headsets in the market that support hands-free profile (HFP) and audio/video remote control profile (AVRCP) with limited but still affordable functionality.
With the use of Bluetooth headsets, the Sena Action Camera provides exceptionally smarter wireless features for adventures.
With the use of Bluetooth headsets, the Sena Bluetooth Action Camera allows users to add their voice to the video on the fly, using the Sena Bluetooth Audio Recording feature. Along with their own voice, riders can include audio from their companions through the use of the intercom to create a mixed audio experience.
Being able to narrate the video during recording not only provides users a whole new experience but also reduces the need for follow-up audio editing allowing for in the moment audio experiences.
While most cameras require wires or direct touch communication from the riders, the Sena Bluetooth Action Camera can be hands-free by remote control capability from Bluetooth headsets. The wireless remote control helps to use less energy and allows for more versatile control through the audio/video remote control profile (AVRCP) of Sena’s Bluetooth products.
The wireless remote
control also uses less power consumption with Bluetooth technology
compared to the consumption
of using WiFi.
The Sena Action Camera comes with a voice prompt feature that allows users to receive clearer feedback from operations such as video start/stop commands, voice recording, communications, and more. Utilizing voice prompts helps to eliminate the concern and uneasiness of knowing which mode, whether on or off, while the camera is being used.
The Sena Bluetooth Action Camera is made to compliment the user’s experience and allow for easy of use. Many users utilize action cameras to record their adventures, long and short, for both personal use and informational use. Sena created advanced technology to provide a better equipped action camera than what is on the market by providing meaningful improvements for real-world applications.
The easy-to-use wireless remote control along with the voice prompt feature enables users to perform camera controls more quickly and frequently to help maximize the ease-of-use while in action.
Users are able to maintain control over the camera every step of the way to ensure all the action and excitement is captured. Removing the difficulty of operating the camera and providing easy-to-use features offers control over every scene and adventure.
The Sena Action Camera provides a new experience in capturing the user's adventures by providing easy to control features, reducing the number of recorded scenes, reducing the file size of video clips, and extending the battery life for efficient camera control.
The Sena Bluetooth Action Camera also features its unique QRMMTM (Quick
The QRMM allows users to quickly install and uninstall the camera as needed helping to reduce the time spent setting up during adventure. The QRMM comes in various types to accommodate different adventures and recreational vehicles. The QRMM types feature fog lamp base, windshield base, surface adhesive base, protection bar/engine bar base, fork slide base, and side mirror base.
All Sena products are firmware upgradeable and it allows Sena’s headsets to always operate at their peak and have the most up-to-date functionality and options for rapid technological advancements in smart phone and Bluetooth devices. The firmware upgrades are available for free when available to all registered Sena customers.
More: 2013 AIMExpo Reports
Publication Date: October 17, 2013
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From "N" (October 2013): " While that camera is not very easy on the eyes, it does make for a very nice "vlogger" camera. My Sena headset has some of the best noise cancellation I've ever encountered, while my mic setup for my vlogging catches a lot of wind noise. As long as the mounting system isn't terribly offensive, it's at least a neat idea."