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Now there is a professional grade, aluminum and stainless steel housing for GoPro. Designed specifically to work underwater.

The Hero Armor Project

My project's goal is to create an underwater housing for the GoPro Hero and Hero 2 camera's.  The Hero is a great little camera, but I found its' plastic, proprietary housing just wasn't up to the rigors of continuous use underwater. The blurred images from its plastic dome lens cover make it undesirable for any underwater video.  And the proprietary mounting point was also limiting, fragile and problematic for underwater usage.

I needed something with clear optics for underwater use.  And I wanted a housing with universal camera mounting options and with a multitude of orientation possibilities.  So when I'm filming the local Sea Turtles breeding season and the Manatee's race to the warm Florida springs for winter, I'll have complete control and confidence over how I mount the camera to a pole or tripod.

Finished Hero Armor housing ready for anodizing
Finished Hero Armor housing ready for anodizing

All of which lead me to design the Hero Armor housing.  With crystal optics, sharp focus and a rugged all aluminum and stainless steel case, the Hero Armor was my answer. Rugged, small, light weight and designed from the ground up to work above or below the water line.  Its' my answer to creating an amazingly cost effective, professional way to shoot HD video underwater with the GoPro cameras.

"Pro Kit" with tray and grips
"Pro Kit" with tray and grips

By launching my project on Kickstarter, Its my intention to gain quick acceptance of the housing, and allow for everyone to benefit from a lower cost product that comes with a higher volume production, that has been designed, and built right here in Tampa, FL.. 

Thank you kickstarter!

The Hero Armor housing is made from milled aluminum and stainless steel to survive harsh saltwater environments and the abuse of the ocean.

Documenting Manatee and Sea Turtles

My Kickstarter project was influenced from my own interest in conservation, education and a drive to highlight the plight of marine creatures in Florida and the surrounding regions.

 

Our Manatee and Sea Turtles are under pressure from boaters, commercial fishing fleets and other hazards every day.  By creating the Hero Armor housing, anyone with a GoPro camera can help document and record their own experiences with these beautiful animals.


Hero Armor Underwater Housing

Hero Armor is built to take a big beating...and a good thing too, knowing where I'm going to be using them! It will protect your GoPro camera from water damage, rocks and other harsh treatment.  The Hero Armor housing features a unique design that will allow you take your GoPro diving to depths of up to 300 feet (100 meters).  An all aluminum case with quartz crystal optical glass ensures you get the best picture quality.

The Hero Armor housing will be available with or without the rear LCD BacPac screen viewing port.  A stainless steel hinge and locking mechanism ensure that your GoPro camera will always be safe and secure from the elements.

Unlike the ineffective plastic lens port on the factory GoPro housing, the Hero Armor housing features an optically correct quartz lens port for the clearest image possible above and below the water.  

Finished Hero Armor, Front view
Finished Hero Armor, Front view
Finished Hero Armor, rear view with the optional LCD Bac-Pac cover
Finished Hero Armor, rear view with the optional LCD Bac-Pac cover


Please join my efforts to make the public more aware about marine life

By supporting our project with the purchase of a Hero Armor housing, you'll now be able to take your GoPro safely underwater and record your own amazing adventures.  And with our crisp, clear optic's, you'll be proud to showcase your own work with others.  Can you imagine the positive impact we can have?  Hundreds of people using their GoPro camera's underwater to record events that are close to their own hearts.  What a difference we could all make!!  

Now THAT'S exciting!

UPDATE July 20, 2012

I have received a number of emails asking me if the Hero Armor Housing can be used as a Heavy Duty / Crash Resistant housing on land?  The easy answer is yes, absolutely!  The Hero Armor housing makes great armor protection for those that have other than underwater applications in mind.

While visiting a film making friend of mine in Hollywood, California (who has more camera rigs that I can shake a stick at), we took along my Hero Armor prototype and mounted the camera to his car.  Here is a quick sample of some footage we shot.  We had a great time experimenting with different configurations and locations to place it on the car.  We were testing in areas close to some of the movie studios....and turned some heads.  So, who knows where you're going to see it turn up next?

Hero Armor Housing mounted to a vehicle
Hero Armor Housing mounted to a vehicle


UPDATE Aug 2nd, 2012

Underwater Color Correction Filter
Underwater Color Correction Filter

We've just introduced our underwater color correction filter.  Now, you can bring color back to your dives when shooting with ambient light.  To add this filter to ANY pledge Kit, simply increase your pledge amount by $30, and we'll include it with your shipment.

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    Interested in supporting my project and taking part in it becoming a reality? Backing the Hero Armor with a $10 pledge will get your name predominantly showcased on the Hero Armor web site as a proud supporter of the project, and my sincere thanks.

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    **Quick Pick** Hero Armor Housing, USA Shipping - To really get this project off the ground, the first 20 USA based pledges of $99 will receive the beautifully machined aluminum and stainless steel Hero Armor housing with quartz crystal flat port and solid aluminum rear door...below what it costs me to build! Shipping cost to US addresses is included.

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    **Quick Pick** Hero Armor Housing, International Shipping - So that I don't leave my international friends out, the first 20 international pledges of $120 who help get this project funded will receive the beautifully machined aluminum and stainless steel Hero Armor housing with quartz crystal flat port and solid aluminum rear door...still below what it costs me to build! Shipping cost to Europe, UK, Canada and most parts of Asia is included.

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    **Quick Pick Part 2** Hero Armor Housing, USA Shipping - If your here, you'll want to act fast! As our continuing ramp-up to the Standard Kit is just about taken. For a pledge of $149 you will receive the beautifully machined aluminum and stainless steel Hero Armor housing with quartz crystal flat port and solid aluminum rear door...still at an amazing price point! Shipping cost to US addresses is included.

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    Standard Kit & U/W Filter - Hero Armor Housing, USA Shipping - If your here, our project is moving right along, and you still have the opportunity to purchase the Hero Armor at a great price...before it becomes available to the retail market. For a pledge of $199 you will receive the beautifully machined aluminum and stainless steel Hero Armor housing with quartz crystal flat port and solid aluminum rear door...PLUS our U/W Filter. Shipping cost to US addresses is included.

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    Standard Kit & U/W Filter- Hero Armor, International Shipping - Pledges of $225.00 will receive the beautifully machined aluminum and stainless steel Hero Armor housing with quartz crystal flat port and solid aluminum rear door....PLUS our U/W Filter. Shipping to Europe, UK, Canada and most parts of Asia is included.

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    LCD Bac-Pac Kit - USA Shipping - Pledges of $249.00 will receive the beautifully machined aluminum and stainless steel Hero Armor housing with quartz crystal flat port and the rear door designed for use with the GoPro LCD Bac-Pac. Shipping cost to US addresses is included.

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    LCD Bac-Pac Kit - International Shipping - Pledges of $265.00 will receive the beautifully machined aluminum and stainless steel Hero Armor housing with quartz crystal flat port and the rear door designed for use with the GoPro LCD Bac-Pac. Shipping to Europe, UK, Canada and most parts of Asia is included.

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    Pro Kit - USA Shipping - Pledges of $379.00 will receive the beautifully machined aluminum and stainless steel Hero Armor housing with quartz crystal flat port, the standard solid rear door, the LCD Bac-Pac rear door AND the Double Tray with Two (2) pistol grip style handles, each with a universal ball joint for mounting your own favorite lighting accessories. Shipping cost to US addresses is included.

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    Pro Kit - International Shipping - Pledges of $395.00 will receive the beautifully machined aluminum and stainless steel Hero Armor housing with quartz crystal flat port, the standard solid rear door, the LCD Bac-Pac rear door AND the Double Tray with Two (2) pistol grip style handles, each with a universal ball joint for mounting your own favorite lighting accessories. Shipping cost to Europe, UK, Canada and most parts of Asia is included.

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