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A beautifully crafted camera system that empowers drivers to easily capture, edit, and share interesting moments right from the road.
A beautifully crafted camera system that empowers drivers to easily capture, edit, and share interesting moments right from the road.
A beautifully crafted camera system that empowers drivers to easily capture, edit, and share interesting moments right from the road.
1,674 backers pledged $606,622 to help bring this project to life.

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Waylens - A Data Driven Automotive Camera System

$606,622

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Thanks to our backers for an amazing Kickstarter campaign. We are humbled by your support and we're excited to deliver an awesome product.

Miss our Kickstarter campaign? Don't worry. Learn more at waylens.com

THE WAYLENS EXPERIENCE

You’re a driver, not a cameraman. So, just drive and leave it to the Waylens to capture, manage and store all your best moments behind the wheel.

The Waylens camera overlays real-time performance data on top of high quality video empowering drivers to tell fuller, more compelling stories. Our free companion mobile app enables users to quickly identify and share their most interesting moments hidden within hours of footage.

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Media Coverage
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HOW IT WORKS

KEY FEATURES

  • Works with any vehicle with an OBD-II port. Most vehicles sold in the US after 1996 are mandated to have an OBD-II connector. Even some models older than 1996 work fine too. Verify your vehicle is supported.
  • Pre-paired OBD-II connector and steering wheel remote.
  • Advanced suite of internal sensors: 10 Hz GPS, 9 axis motion sensor (gyro, accelerometer, magnetometer), barometer.
  • The Waylens OLED display doubles as a user customizable gauge, displaying any of the supported OBD-II codes in real time.
  • Automatically overlay performance data on top of video.
  • Data driven video search and editing makes your life easy.
  • One touch video upload from the road (supported Android models only).

COLOR OPTIONS

Color options: Black, Red or Silver. We will contact you closer to our shipping date for your color choice.
Color options: Black, Red or Silver. We will contact you closer to our shipping date for your color choice.

WEATHERPROOF CASE

The Waylens Weatherproof Case
The Waylens Weatherproof Case

For when you want the Waylens camera to leave the comforts of your climate controlled cabin, like when it’s mounted on a motorcycle, boat, or the fender of your car, we've designed a weatherproof case that can handle anything you can throw at it. It is shock resistant and water resistant and compatible with GoPro mounts.

VIDEO QUALITY

Here's a sample of our video quality when compared to a leading action cam. A small video will download to your computer because we want you to see full HD footage (not supported when hosted on Kickstarter).

Waylens Prototype vs GoPro Hero 4 Silver using default device settings (straight from the box) [Kickstarter compresses video way too much so this is a link to a short video hosted on our website].
Waylens Prototype vs GoPro Hero 4 Silver using default device settings (straight from the box) [Kickstarter compresses video way too much so this is a link to a short video hosted on our website].

MOBILE APP

The Waylens mobile app (iOS + Android) provides powerful editing tools through a simple interface.

Select screen from the current iteration of our mobile app.
Select screen from the current iteration of our mobile app.

DIY GAUGE

The circular OLED display on the back of the Waylens can be used to display data of your choosing, right from the OBD. Although more will come with time, two examples are below, speed gauge and roll, pitch and yaw. You can also choose to just display the video as it's being recorded or a status screen.

A few gauge options
A few gauge options

TECH SPECS

The Waylens camera is specifically designed for the challenges of an automotive environment. Our camera provides great video quality even during low light and high speed driving.

INSTALLATION

The Waylens camera system is simple to install and can be mounted to a windshield with the included suction cup mount. Simply stick the suction cup to the windshield and tighten the bolt. Attach the camera to the base, adjust position, and you’re done. The camera can be rotated 360 degrees to capture the road or moments happening inside the car. A GoPro compatible mount adaptor will be available for purchase (coming soon).

Installation process
Installation process

The Waylens can be operated on battery power or plugged into a 12v cigarette lighter socket. An optional hard wiring kit is also under development. The Waylens OBD-II connector and steering wheel remote come pre-paired with the camera via Bluetooth right out of box. Both are easy to install, with no training, in only a few seconds.

Installing Prototype OBD-II Connector. Simply Plug and Play.
Installing Prototype OBD-II Connector. Simply Plug and Play.

DESIGN

Our team has pored over every last detail of the Waylens design. Every decision made and component included was the result of extensive research and prototype testing.

CAD Model of the Waylens Camera Internals
CAD Model of the Waylens Camera Internals
Animated blowout of the Waylens
Animated blowout of the Waylens

The Waylens has been designed to provide powerful video capturing and editing capabilities while remaining simple and easy to use. We've invested an enormous amount of time debating every decision from sensor vendors to mounting options.

Discussing Mounting Options
Discussing Mounting Options
One of our many design sessions
One of our many design sessions

PROTOTYPING

We don't just talk about the best design, we've built and tested four generations of prototypes. The images below show the evolution of our prototypes. 

The 4 generations of prototypes
The 4 generations of prototypes

Many Kickstarter projects have difficulty delivering, which is why we've worked side-by-side with our manufacturing partners throughout the entire process. This ensures there are fewer issues when we finally go into production.

Internal Components of Second Generation Prototype
Internal Components of Second Generation Prototype

In addition to building hardware, we've also written and tested tens of thousands of lines of code.

MANUFACTURING AND SUPPLY CHAIN

We have already secured most critical components and manufacturing partners to ensure there are no major surprises as we ramp up production to full volume.

REWARDS

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

THE WAYLENS COMMUNITY

We're not just launching a product, we're building a community. We want our Kickstarter backers to be involved in the process of bringing the Waylens camera to market and providing feedback on the product. We'll be setting up a forum after the campaign to facilitate feedback from our backers.

DRIVE RESPONSIBLY

Waylens encourages all of our users to enjoy their vehicles responsibly. If you have a need for speed, please drive at an official track or event. The links below can be useful for locating a track in your area.

http://www.na-motorsports.com/Tracks/

http://www.na-motorsports.com/Autocross/

PROTOTYPE DEMOS

We've talked about a lot of innovative features, but don't take our word for it. See for yourself. The videos below demonstrate the current state of our technical prototype.

Demo of the paired prototype streaming live video to a smartphone.

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Live video stream with vehicle performance data.

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TEAM

Waylens is made up of a diverse group of individuals, all of which come together to create the perfect team for building our product. Our team includes world class designers, engineers, and developers as well as passionate car enthusiasts and camera experts. There's no team in the world better suited to build an automotive camera than Waylens.

The Waylens Team (Catherine, Xutao, Yi, Richard, and Te not pictured)
The Waylens Team (Catherine, Xutao, Yi, Richard, and Te not pictured)

BIOS

Haowei Zhang - Chief Executive Officer (LinkedIn)
Dawei Shen - Chief Technical Officer (LinkedIn)
Phil Salesses - Chief Creative Officer (LinkedIn)
Mike Schmidt - Chief Marketing Officer (LinkedIn)
Tao Lin - Principal Designer (LinkedIn)
John Nielsen - Marketing Manager (LinkedIn)

Risks and challenges

Like all Kickstarter projects, we will face many challenges in delivering this product at the quality level we demand of ourselves. The main risks include:

ENGINEERING

Designing an experience this simple is very difficult, but we think we've conquered the major obstacles. In order to achieve engineering success, we have built an amazing team and we obsess over testing.

In the last year, we have built 4 generations of prototypes, iterating each time to produce a simpler, more reliable product. We have a sizable office in Shanghai, China with designers and engineers hailing from MIT and Frog Design.

SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS

Many campaigns experience problems when taking their prototypes to production. We expect this risk to be reduced since our designers and engineers in Shanghai have worked along side the very people and factories who will be manufacturing this product. We've already ordered key components and have a supply chain in place.

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