Offering everything from communication devices to cameras, and of course the inevitable smartphone app to control and capture it all, FUSAR Technologies announced they raised more capital to ‘fuel the production and fulfillment of the highly anticipated Smart Camera and Unlimited Range Wireless Communication System’.
The technology company based in New Jersey expects their FUSAR Smart Camera to hits the streets in the second quarter of 2017, essentially at any time from April onwards. Reportedly, the camera is already in production, manufactured by Flextronics who build products for tech giants like Apple, CISCO and Google.
FUSAR already began shipping the Unlimited Range Communication System in Summer of 2016. The Bluetooth system can be operated through handlebar controls and promises unlimited-range Push-To-Talk capabilities with any other Bluetooth headset, no matter the brand.
"We are thrilled to take this next step in the evolution of FUSAR. We could not have done this without the support and patience of our loyal customers,” Ryan Shearman, CEO and Co-Founder for FUSAR, said. “Our immediate focus is to deliver superior products that delight our customers and scale for the future."
Currently available as a preorder, pricing for FUSAR’s camera starts at $349 and is described as an ‘intelligent, cloud-connected device that does much more than just capture photos and videos’. The camera utilizes a high-grade 12MP Sony CMOS image sensor and Ambarella image processor, allowing it to compete with the highest quality action cameras on the market. Photos and videos can be captured by pressing the buttons directly on the camera, or through the use of handlebar and wrist-mounted remote controls.
Understanding the modern rider lives in a social media world, when users pair the FUSAR camera to their smartphone, photos and video thumbnails sync directly with their phone's native photo gallery, eliminating the need to wait until they get home to view their content. If something interesting happens while they aren't recording, users can press two buttons on the camera or remote controllers to initiate a "HotShot". The system will flashback and retroactively save the last 15 seconds, capturing the video clip they otherwise would have missed.
Here are the specifications of the camera
- Sensor Type: 12MP Sony CMOS
- Lens Rotation: 180 degrees
- Field-of-View: 160 degrees
- Still Photos While Filming: 2MP
- Video Modes at Release: 720p30, 1080p30
- Video Modes after 1st Update: 720p30, 1080p30, 1080p60
- Memory: microSD & microSDHD memory cards up to 64GB
- 3-axis accelerometer
- 3-axis gyroscope
- 3-axis magnetometer
- Wired Connectivity: USB Type-C connector
- Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi/Bluetooth ®4.0
- Positioning: GPS/GLONASS
- Battery Capacity: 2300mAh
- Battery Life: 2-4 hours (depending on what features are in use)
- Charge Time: 2.5 hours
- Can be charged while in use
- IP67 Waterproof
It should go without saying the various products are controlled and connected through a smartphone application which is currently available through Google Play and Apple's App Store. Riding with the latest cutting edge apps, FUSAR's offering collects a range of data to deliver a variety of metrics and ways of storing memories about the latest rides.
In an interesting take on this kind of technology, the camera has crash detection capabilities that trigger the black box recorder to write-protect the last two minutes of video, audio, and telemetry information. This leaves the user with a full account of the events leading up to the accident.
As if this wasn’t enough, the system will also broadcast an emergency beacon and three emergency contacts in the smartphone will receive a text message alert and an email that contains the user's approximate GPS location on a map as well as the local contact information for three nearby EMS dispatchers.
This last feature is currently offered in the U.S. and will be expanded to international markets later this year.