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Consumer Electronics Show: Contour GPS records video, altitude

January 6, 2011 |  7:00 pm

You can do lots of things with a Contour GPS strapped to your head, such as map your favorite mountain pass while recording yourself tearing it up on a tricked-out street bike.

Its built-in GPS receiver keeps track of where you are, how fast you're moving and even your altitude. Then, when you're done, you can play back your recording in Contour's Storyteller software.

Retailing at $349, Contour offers an array of mounts so you can attach it to just about anything, from helmets to motorcycles to surfboards. It can record in one of four HD resolutions, including 1280 x 720 at 60 frames per second for crisp action footage. It records to a removable Micro SD card fitting about 30 minutes per gigabyte, maxing out at 16 hours of HD video. 

There are smart phone apps for iOS and Android on the way that will let you use your phone as a viewfinder and adjust the camera's settings without taking it off your helmet. But if you're an iPhone user you will have to buy an extra piece of hardware to make the connection to the camera.


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