Making Impossible GoPro Hero 4 Shots Possible!
Do you have a GoPro Hero4 Black or Silver Camera and need to control it by a wired connection or by a sensor, or get way more WiFi range?
Are you a wildlife photographer, a sports photographer, do you run a GoPro on your bike/motorcycle/car?
Or are you a pro with the need to put a camera in a strange place under difficult conditions? Need to record a construction project, or traffic patterns in an office?
For all those times you wished you could reliably control your Hero 4 camera beyond the range of its built-in WiFi, just clip on the RNC backpack and join any available WiFi network. Need extended range: drop a WiFi access point halfway between the camera and your location. Or route your camera control signals halfway around the world over the Internet. The RNC Bacpac displays a list of available WiFi networks and their signal strength, and even automatically retries its network connection if signal is interrupted!
Here's an example with 2 GoPros on a single network, controlled by different tabs in a browser:
Want to turn your Hero 4 camera into an autonomous device actuated by a sensor, like a motion detector: the RNC lets you do that as well.
Want to hook up a wired handheld remote to control your GoPro Hero4? No problem, the RNC-1 has a jack for that:
Need to control multiple GoPro cameras over one WiFi connection? Just use cable the RNC bacpacs together. Want to extend cable runs: same answer, easily available off-the shelf cables, we use no proprietary cables.
Maybe you need unlimited power for your camera? A connector allows you to add a 5v USB external power source to the RNC that both powers its circuits, and tops up the internal GoPro camera battery for unlimited runtime.
RNC packs plenty of intelligence in a small package: it displays a list of available WiFi networks and their signal strength, automatically retries network connection if signal is interrupted, and has a Smart Menu system: only the relevant choices appear for any mode.
Want to do other things never before possible with your Hero4? The RNC is just what you need.
Note: this is a full-featured control program, but does not stream a video image from the camera. GoPro Hero 4 not included. Only works with Hero4 cameras. You will need to supply an external 5v power source (battery pack, wall wart, etc.).
We stand behind our product. If the RNC does not work with your GoPro Hero 4 camera as we have described in this KickStarter, return your RNC to us within 30 days of receipt and receive a purchase price refund!
RNC BacPac for the GoPro Hero 4 series Cameras lets you:
• Connect your GoPro to a WiFi network: Control your GoPro on a network, across the street or around the world!
• Full control from a desktop, tablet or smartphone, with just a Web browser, no software to install (total camera control, no streaming video)
• Sensor input: your GoPro can start and stop automatically via sensor input (for example a motion detector)
• Wired Controller: use two switches and wire to power the camera on/off and fire the shutter button
• Control multiple cameras from 1 user interface with off-the-shelf cables
• Jack for external power for RNC also feeds your GoPro for unlimited runtime
• Displays list of available WiFi networks and their signal strength
• Automatically retries network connection if signal is interrupted
• Smart Menu system: only the relevant choices appear for any mode
• Camera can be controlled by WiFi directly (as an Access Point), or thru any available WiFi network
• Fits in GoPro Dive Housing with vented back.
• Ready to go out of the box
• Designed for an aerospace application, now available for general use.
Let me introduce you to our team. We are charter members of the GoPro Developer Program:
I’m David Tenenbaum, the ringleader and jack-of-all-trades of this group. I have a Master’s degree from MIT, was seduced into being a photojournalist for 15 years, built remote controls for photographing Space Shuttle launches and landings, covered wars and Super Bowls and elections and Pope trips to 18 countries, and was runner up for the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News photography. I went on to start the dominant Digital Asset Management company in the news industry, have been a pilot for 30 years (hold an Airline Transport Pilot rating) and did the FAA-approved pod that holds multiple GoPro cameras under production aircraft.
Speaking of which, check out what we got when we mixed with GoPros and airplanes:
Michael Newman: has been writing code for embedded applications (where a microprocessor controls other devices, in this case a microprocessor controlling a GoPro) for more than 30 years. He has a Master’s degree from MIT, is both a fixed wing and a glider pilot (a regional soaring champion), and among many other projects devised one of the first panel mounted computers to help competitive glider pilots get maximum performance. In his career he has built VLSI CAD tools, published papers on redundant logic for improved yields and holds patents from building an all digital small business telephone PBX. Michael writes our software.
Will Thorn: has designed hardware packages that have flown on the Space Shuttle, as well as various satellites, sounding rocket and high altitude balloons in a career that reached Chief Engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Hanscom, MA., and included fieldwork from the Antarctic to Alaska. He holds a Master’s degree from Northeastern University, has built and flown his own airplanes (Will holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating, as well as Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic, and Professional Engineer certifications), is a master machinist, and does our hardware and PCB design.
Nick McGibbon: was the head CNC programmer for a high-end furniture manufacturer, in charge of translating what the design department came up with into CNC programs to cut, drill and machine wood into the boardroom furniture you see at most international head offices today. An early adopter of 3D printing and principal at http://www.Canfab3D.com, Nick designs our 3D printed components.
Your Pledges will be used to fund the initial production run.
Want to know more about the RNC project? Here's our blog:
If we reach $15,000 in funding, we will include 3D print files for a RNC+GoPro Frame mount
If we reach $20,000 we will add a software controlled, configurable intervalometer: set an arbitrary number of seconds between shots (no longer limited to the GoPro internal choices)! Great for documenting construction projects or doing motion studies.
GOPRO® and HERO® are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
Risks and challenges
We are creators and we are charter members of the GoPro Developers program: our bacpac had its public debut at the launch event thrown by GoPro in San Francisco in April, so it has been fully functional for months now.
We actually have run two development programs: the first was to ensure we had hardware and software that would reliably deliver full functionality. the second dev program was to remove cost from the unit, so we could afford to make it and sell it at an affordable price.
There are always execution risks: can we deliver on time, will the unit function as specified, can we produce at the price points we have committed to? That said, we have worked for over a year to bring this to life, and we are pretty hard core individuals when it comes to technology: we have a lot of pride in what we do, and we are at points in our lives where doing something truly useful to people and technically clever is what motivates us. The last thing we want to do at this stage in our careers is to let anyone down!
On the technical side, our RNC bacpac sends the right software codes to the Hero4 Silver or Black to drive it in any mode. We coupled a 32-bit ARM microcontroller (running at 80 mhz) driving the GoPro via the HeroBus on the back of the camera with an ESP8266-12 FCC approved microcontroller module to provide powerful WiFi capability and the web server part of the system. We also built in the capability to plug in a remote sensor (for example a motion detector) to allow the camera to operate autonomously, or for you to plug in a handheld wired remote that lets you power the camera on or off, and hit the shutter button as desired. All the tough problems have been dealt with, and we expect to fulfill our commitments faithfully.
TO MINIMIZE YOUR RISKS AND SHOW HOW WE STAND BEHIND OUR PRODUCT, IF THE RNC DOES NOT WORK WITH YOUR GOPRO HERO 4 CAMERA AS WE HAVE DESCRIBED IN THIS KICKSTARTER, RETURN YOUR RNC TO US WITHIN 30 DAYS OF RECEIPT AND RECEIVE A PURCHASE PRICE REFUND!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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