Roomba Mounted GoPro = Mildly Interesting Video

Roomba Mounted GoProIf you place a GoPro Camera on top of a Roomba, what happens? This more-or-less unproduced video gives an explanation, though you might be left wondering why it’s 10:00 long. My guess is the uploader ran into a limit on YouTube, however, it’s worth fast-forwarding to (spoiler alert) where the camera gets knocked off around 4:50, then run over just after 5:15.

[Via: Reddit]

For a somewhat more interesting Roomba mounted GoPro video that gives some clue as to how things are set up, Continue reading

GoPro Hero Session Review after Five Months of Use

GoPro Hero Session Review - camera on the beachFirst of all, I have a Hero4 Session, which has now been renamed to simply the “Hero Session.” I don’t think there is any difference, but I’m kind of proud that I now have something that is effectively a limited edition. I received it as a Christmas gift in 2015, so I’ve now been able to experiment with it for about five months. Here’s my thoughts in a “long term” GoPro Hero Session Review.

Features and Build

Unlike most of the GoPro cameras on the market, the Hero Session is waterproof to 33 feet without a housing. It also and has dual microphones – one on the front and one on the back – of which the ‘Session selects the best source of audio. This means that, unlike my previous Hero3 camera, I keep it in its open housing at all times, ready to record video and audio without interference.

Combine this with the fact that you start recording with one button, and you have a great camera to keep with you for capturing impromptu video at a moment’s notice (press the power button momentarily for video, hold down for time-lapse). I keep it with me much of the time in my notebook backpack (in a sock to keep it from getting scratched).

The build looks really good, sort of like an Apple product in its finish. On the other hand, like many Apple products, you can’t change the battery, which could be a deal breaker for some people.

See below for one of my first ‘lapses with the Session: Continue reading

Hero Session for Great FPV StrandMaus Robot Footage

FPV StrandMaus with GoPro Hero SessionWhat could be better than a remote-controlled walking robot based on Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest? Perhaps if you added a Hero4 Session (Now known simply as the Hero Session – Amazon) to it on an excellent Pan/Tilt camera turret from Servocity, that would make it even more awesome.

I did actually make one of these little creatures, and put a turret on the top, dubbing it the “FPV StrandMaus,” which can be interpreted as “Fist Person View Beach Mouse.” Jansen’s first version was translated as “Beach Monster,” so naming it after a smaller animal seemed appropriate. Click on the “read more” thing to see the whole video, including the FPV footage around 0:35. Continue reading