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.
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.
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.
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?
UPDATE Aug 2nd, 2012
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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