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The first GoPro accessory that adds a universal external shutter button input AND has a wired remote LED indicator for helmet use.
The first GoPro accessory that adds a universal external shutter button input AND has a wired remote LED indicator for helmet use.
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GoHawk - The first GoPro expansion pack designed for POV action shooting.
GoHawk - The first GoPro expansion pack designed for POV action shooting.

The GoHawk is the first GoPro expansion pack that adds three new types of functionality to your GoPro Hero4 for a better shooting experience:

  • Remote shutter button input. Save time by only shooting the photos you want, not the ones you don't. Choose from a hands-free mouth switch or thumb triggered handlebar switch, or use your own switch with the universal 2.5mm port.
  • Remote LED indicator lets you know that your camera is on and recording. Mount it in your helmet or wrap it around your handlebars.
  • Auxiliary USB Power Input for extended shooting - never run out of power again!
Use a mouth switch for a truly hands-free GoPro experience.
Use a mouth switch for a truly hands-free GoPro experience.

 

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The GoHawk adds three exciting new features for action shooting!
The GoHawk adds three exciting new features for action shooting!

 

Plug and play - no special software is needed!
Plug and play - no special software is needed!

 

Three exciting new features, AND the GoHawk is compatible with Bacpac backdoors and the GoPro Frame mount
Three exciting new features, AND the GoHawk is compatible with Bacpac backdoors and the GoPro Frame mount

 

You’ll never run out of power again with our auxiliary USB power input. It’s compatible with most standard USB battery packs, so you’ll always be powered up.
You’ll never run out of power again with our auxiliary USB power input. It’s compatible with most standard USB battery packs, so you’ll always be powered up.

 

 

Choose from a mouth-operated shutter button (best for chest or helmet mounted camera) or a handlebar-mount push button (ideal for handlebar mounted cameras for cyclists and motorcyclists). Simply plug your switch of choice into the GoHawk and start shooting!  

We are working with Conceptus to bring you the best bite switches and tongue switches on the market. Conceptus has a long history of offering durable and reliable mouth switches for action sports photographers. 

Tongue switch and LED, ready to shoot
Tongue switch and LED, ready to shoot

 

Handlebar switch and LED indicator, ready to ride
Handlebar switch and LED indicator, ready to ride

  

 

LED Indicator and Tongue Switch
LED Indicator and Tongue Switch

Stop worrying if your camera is on - our remote LED indicator lets you know if your camera is on and recording, or if you got the shot. We use high power LED's that are bright enough to see, even outside in direct sunlight. Mount the bendable LED accessory inside your helmet, or wrap it on your handlebars.

The GoHawk’s custom circuitry allows the LED to mimic the GoPro’s own LED indicators, with even more functionality. Both LED’s are ultra bright for easy visual feedback, even outside in direct sunlight.

 The GoHawk mimics the camera's operation while providing useful visual feedback through the remote LED system. 

  •  A blue standby LED will illuminate when the camera is turned on, letting you know you're ready to shoot. The blue LED will flash when your battery is getting low. 
  • In Video mode, the LED indicator will work whether you use a remote shutter button or the camera shutter. A slow flashing red LED let's you know you're recording. 
  • In Continuous photo mode, hold down the remote shutter button to take a fast sequence of photos. The LED indicator will flash red accordingly as long as you're shooting. In Burst photo mode, a single press of the remote shutter button will take a quick burst of photos.

 

 

Our early bird rewards are extremely limited, so get yours NOW!!!
Our early bird rewards are extremely limited, so get yours NOW!!!

 

Let physics guide your journey through the rad and the gnar.
Let physics guide your journey through the rad and the gnar.

 

 

 

  • If we reach $50k, we'll let our backers vote on an additional color.
  • If we reach $100k, we'll offer ALL the colors!
  • If we reach $250k, we'll include a free t-shirt with every pledge of $99 or more!
Black and Orange
Black and Orange

 

Help us reach $100k and choose from Red, Blue, Green, or Yellow options!
Help us reach $100k and choose from Red, Blue, Green, or Yellow options!

 

The GoHawk came together through the right combination of need, abilities, and good old-fashioned bootstrapping. While popular among pro-level aerial photographers, mouth switches still hadn't reached the action sports cam market due to a lack of compatibility. As a weekend skydiver who enjoys taking pictures, Zac was frustrated with resorting to time lapses to capture quality stills. As a design engineer with a decade of product design experience, he decided it couldn't be that tough to create. The project slowly came together, evolving from napkin sketches and feature discussions to CAD designs and custom firmware. We talked to the community and added the features that we thought action sports enthusiasts would want the most. We tested multiple rounds of firmware, eventually arriving with a product that we felt met the needs of our users. We built prototypes on home built 3d printers and soldered up prototype LED cables. With functional prototypes in hand, we began showing off what we had at the dropzone, and the feedback was tremendously positive. 

After a year of hard work, we're extremely excited to launch and share the GoHawk with the rest of the GoPro community.

 

  • Zac - Product Designer | Developer | Engineer - Turning napkin sketches into real things, and especially the crazy and/or innovative ones. Portland, OR | World.
  • Alex - Industrial Designer | Engineer - Product development services for consumer products, household goods, and furniture. Portland, OR | Denmark | World.  
  • Ethan - Technology Strategist - Online marketing and business development services for good people with good ideas. Keaau, HI | United States | World.
  • Max - Graphic Designer | Apparel Specialist - Producing kick-ass designs for over 20 years. Lebanon, OR
  • Poa - Dog.

 

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Risks and challenges

As with any project, there will a small amount of risk between prototyping and volume production. We've done everything in our power to minimize the risks. Our circuit boards and firmware have been developed in collaboration with one of the leading digital GoPro accessory manufacturers. Our design team is comprised of seasoned product designer engineers, industrial engineers, and manufacturing specialists. We've built countless prototypes, including high resolution polyjet prototypes. We have already selected our production vendors and have received quotes for tooling and parts - all we need is the funding to pull the trigger and get these made.

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    Sticker Pack!

    Get a deluxe sticker pack, featuring GoHawk and POA Labs stickers. Perfect for your helmet, waterbottle, car window, airplane, briefcase, laptop, skateboard, cell phone, fridge, minifridge, police car, surfboard, guitar, cowbell, drumset, motorcycle, bicycle, or scooter.

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    Handlebar Switch

    Did you grab one of our early bird specials but want a handlebar switch too? Grab it here, at a massive 33% savings from MSRP!

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    POA Labs GoHawk T-Shirt

    Stay stylish when you're doing rad stuff
    Ultra-premium cotton pre-shrunk t-shirt.

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    Conceptus Bite Switch

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    Conceptus Tongue Switch

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    POA Labs GoHawk Zip Hoodie

    Zip it!

    Get cozy when the temp starts to drop.

    Premium heavy-weight fleece-lined zip hoodie.

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    GoHawk w/ LED LUDICROUSLY EARLY BIRD!!!

    We're offering a SIMPLY LUDICROUS discount for our first 50 backers. You will never see pricing this low ever again.

    What are you waiting for?

    Includes
    -1 GoHawk
    -1 LED Indicator

    Oh, and stickers, because everyone loves stickers.

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    GoHawk w/ LED EARLY BIRD!!!

    We're offering a MASSIVE discount for our first 100 backers, as a thank-you for being among the first to support us.

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    -1 LED Indicator

    Oh, and stickers, because everyone loves stickers.

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    GoHawk w/ LED Kit

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    GoHawk w/ LED and Handlebar Switch

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    1 GoHawk
    1 LED Indicator
    1 Handlebar switch

    And stickers, lots of stickers.

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    GoHawk w/ LED and Bite Switch

    Includes:
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    1 LED Indicator
    1 Conceptus Bite Switch

    And stickers - proven to make you faster and more awesome.

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    GoHawk w/ LED and Tongue Switch

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    1 LED Indicator
    1 Conceptus Tongue Switch

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    GoHawk Deluxe Kit + GoPro Hero4 Silver

    Includes:
    1 GoPro Hero4 Silver
    1 GoHawk
    1 LED Indicator
    1 Conceptus Tongue or Bite Switch
    1 Handlebar Switch

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    GoHawk Deluxe Kit + GoPro Hero4 Black

    Includes:
    1 GoPro Hero4 Black
    1 GoHawk
    1 LED Indicator
    1 Conceptus Tongue or Bite Switch
    1 Handlebar Switch

    A deluxe kit deserves deluxe stickers, so you're getting stickers too.

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    Get To Da Choppa!!!

    Includes a GoHawk Deluxe Kit with GoPro Hero4 Black

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    1 tandem skydive from out of a HELICOPTER from 12,000 feet in beautiful Portland, Oregon, complete with professional photo and video package. And Zac, the creator of the GoHawk, will join you!

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    Action Hero Package - Learn to Skydive!

    Ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

    In addition to a GoHawk Deluxe Kit with GoPro Hero4 Black, you'll also...

    Become a licensed skydiver in gorgeous Portland, Oregon!

    We'll start by teaching you how to fly your body in the wind tunnel, then you'll start your accelerated free fall skydive training by jumping out of an airplane with a trained USPA instructor.

    Once you're cleared for solo status, you'll do a series of coach jumps, learning how to fly around the sky, doing barrel rolls, flips and more. Finally, after 25 jumps, you'll be a fully trained and A-License certified skydiver!

    All training and jumps will be done at Pacific Northwest Skydiving Center. Includes ALL instruction, jumps, and equipment rental.

    Come join the sky party.

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