About this project
We've made it... Thanks to all the support and feedback so far, its been awesome and we couldn't do it without you. We are continuing to develop and further the Barnacle and will keep you updated along the way.
Please keep liking, sharing and getting the word out there...lets do this together.
The Barnacle is a new built tough action camera. It is designed to do the things other action cameras cant. It records in Full HD, has a 2 hour battery life, can even be run over by a car and now has WiFi, it really is that awesome.
We've had some great feedback so far, check it out:
It's the first really low profile action camera contender and something you can't do without. Why?
The Barnacle can be mounted anywhere without an expensive complex mount, and will stick wherever you want. It records full HD footage (as used in the video) is a fraction of the cost, and more versatile than current cameras.
We've just added some new colours, so you can now build your own custom built tough action camera. Chose your colour, lens, and make the Barnacle your own. You can Mix and match colours to make it truly unique.
Due to its small size and versatility, you can stick it on anything from helmets to caps, from cars to boards, making it easy to record those moments of your life when you're doing something just a little crazy that no-one would believe and someone should see.
We are hoping to raise money on Kickstarter to pay for further development of bolt on upgrades, mounts, and updates whilst creating a brand capable of taking on the big boys. The Barnacle is ready to go, the components are tested, the designed is finalised, we are ready to go as soon as you are.
We've gone away from the stupid looking head mounts or non-functional chest/shoulder mounts (the kind of thing you’re glad no-one can see you wearing). If you can put on a Velcro patch, or some double sided tape, the Barnacle will stick and record whatever you're up to.
The Barnacle has been designed with the user in mind. It is small, lightweight (only weighing in at 50 grams) and low profile, something no-one else is doing right now. It is made with ABS plastic, (the same plastic as car bumper bars), so it is super strong and flexible at the same time.
We have shaped it in such a way that it has a smaller profile and is more aerodynamic than anything else on the market.
Due to its design and engineering, it is amazingly strong, able to support over 200kgs, withstand high speeds (tested over 200+ kmph) yet still small, lightweight and versatile.
We've called it the Barnacle, and that means it’s meant to be stuck on anything and anywhere. If you can affix it, you can stick it.
The Camera Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and lens options come from a tried and tested off the shelf solution. We aren't re-inventing the wheel, we have just redesigned it, made it better, badder, and smaller.
What this means for you, is that by supporting us, you are guaranteed a working product. There won’t be any delays in production and testing as all the hard work has been done. The electronics are sound, and the Barnacle itself has been put through rigorous tests and activities throughout the development.
The Barnacle's use is only limited by your imagination:
- Full HD 1080p(1920x1080) 30fps / HD(1280x720) 60fps
- WiFi connectivity (with wide angle lens)
- 2 x Lens choices, 110 degrees or 130 degrees field of view
- Dimensions 65mm x 50 mm x 20 mm (2.5 inch x 1.9 inch x .7 inch)
- Weight 50g
- Battery 820mA Li-Polymer, up to 120min recording for full HD Charge time 2.5 hours
- External Memory Micro SD Card up to 128GB(class 4) Records in both AVI or MOV format Software fully customisable and upgradeable
- Can be hardwired and setup as a dash cam or to loop record.
The Barnacle is a sealed unit. This helps to ensure its strength whilst protecting against the elements. The Barnacle is splash resistant and will have an underwater housing in the future. Electronics are CE tested and approved.
Delivering worldwide to all the supporters out there.
The journey doesn’t stop here though, We have big plans so keep reading and get excited.
Most current Action Cameras use a hard mounting system which you attach to the camera and then mount. The Barnacle is different. You can just stick double sided tape, Velcro, foam tape or anything to the bottom of the Barnacle and you're ready for action.You're not limited by using mounts, but if you want to we have the adapters for, and other mounts in development.
You can stick it to flat and curved surfaces, or switch out to Velcro and stick on your cap or clothes.
The best thing about a Barnacle camera being its own mount, is that you just need to stick it on any surface and you're good to go.
It only weighs 50 grams, so it's not bulky and doesn't require fancy clamp mounts or heavy duty tape to stick it.
You can buy the strips at your local hardware shop, and it won't cost an arm and leg to get them.
We've also developed an adapter for standard camera mounts (screw), and for GoPro mounts. This way you can reuse your old mounts, or by any off the shelf version with your Barnacle.
There is no point resting on our laurels, so with that in mind we are always continuing to develop the Barnacle. Some things we can’t tell you, but others we can. The Barnacle will continue to be small and light, whilst having improved battery life, WIFI/Bluetooth connectivity and apps (which we've just added), so that you can both review and operate your camera remotely.
Different mounts and some different configurations are also just around the corner, and this will enhance your Barnacle and you won't have to buy a new one to get them.
One thing which we don't want to forget is you. The Barnacle is for everyone, so if you've got feedback or want us to create something, we are here and ready to go.
We have come a long way, and we hope you can come along for the ride.
We’ve come together as a team so we could bring you the Barnacle. We may be the faces, but there are many more family, friends and experts who have helped along the way and without them this wouldn't be possible.
So why did we choose Kickstarter to introduce you to the Barnacle?
Kickstarter is not only a crowd funding platform; it is also a global community. There are many amazing developers, supporters and everything in between. Funding a project has an element of risk, and also excitement, but the one thing you're guaranteed is a ride along with the creators, to experience the joys, heart aches and setbacks that come with any start-up. It is a Journey, some longer than others, but in the end there is a shared experience, that without it your life just wouldn’t be quite as interesting.
We also believe in the Kicking it forward concept, so check it out.
Risks and challenges
"Without risk there isn't reward" - Well in this case I wouldn't say that's entirely true. For your risk in supporting this start up, you will be rewarded with an awesome gift as thanks. The greater the risk, the greater the reward, but in all cases we couldn't get there without you, so we want to make sure you feel appreciated.
The electrical components are being sourced from a well established electronics company in China. They have a great production facility and capacity, so they will be able to meet any level of demand.
The housing component will be made from injection moulded ABS plastic (the same as your cars bumper bar). A commercial mould will need to be created, however once this is done the housings will be made quickly and efficiently. The turn around time is about 2 weeks, so once funding is received we will get straight onto this.
The Barnacle will need to be certified by the various certification authorities. As we are currently utilising an off the shelf electronics component, this should help to speed up the process, and make this a low risk prospect. The components are already CE certified, so its just the housing and mount to get through the legal process.
Shipping and Handling:
The Barnacle and products need to shipped and this will be done through a reputable freight forwarding company.
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