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Pivothead Aurora

Sport sunglasses with built-in HD video camera (Shale)

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Item #: 841BG08
 

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Our take on the Pivothead Aurora

by Woody Sherman

What you see is what you get

Point-of-view action cameras provide one of the most involving experiences you can put on a screen. Letting your intended audience see for themselves the thrills and spills of motorcycle racing, or downhill skiing, or wind-surfing, or paragliding... well, you get the idea. It's pretty intense. But there's always been one hitch: where do you mount the camera? Many companies provide a handy spectrum of mounting accessories, but they can take time and a little ingenuity to make secure. Plus, if your goal is to really show the world the angle you see, a helmet camera — on top or on the side of your head — isn't quite the answer.

The Pivothead Aurora sport sunglasses feature a bridge-mounted point-of-view camera.

The Pivothead Aurora sport sunglasses feature a bridge-mounted point-of-view camera.

Versatile features in a wearable design

Perhaps it's time for a truly wearable point-of-view camera to come to the head of the class. Pivothead has made it happen with this exciting new hybrid of  fashionable sunglasses and high-tech, high-definition camera. High-def video of up to 1080/30p resolution records directly to the 8 gigabytes of on-board memory. Continuous-burst and time-lapse still shooting is a breeze, with a variety of rates and resolutions available. And, with the Air Pivothead Wi-Fi® Drive accessory (not included), you can use apps for Apple® iOS® and Android™ smart devices to monitor and transfer your videos to where they can be preserved or passed on to others.

The Pivothead Aurora model offers classic good looks with a variety of color and lens options. It's a unisex design suitable for all.

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Highlights:

  • glossy black shale finish sunglasses with grey polycarbonate lenses
  • bridge-mounted, hands-free HD video and still-shot camera
    • three HD video resolutions: 1080/30p, 720/60p, and 720/30p, MP4/H.264 format
    • 8-, 5-, and 3-megapixel still shots
  • variable time-lapse still-shot settings
  • variable continuous "burst" shooting
  • on-board microphone records 44.1 kHz/AAC monaural audio signals
  • four focus options: continuous, auto, fixed, and macro
  • view and transfer content wirelessly with the optional Air Pivothead Wi-Fi® Drive accessory (not included) and an available Apple® iOS® or Android™ app
  • 8GB internal memory — no additional memory card needed
    • allows for up to 1 hour of 1080p HD video recording time depending on usage
  • water-resistant (but not waterproof)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Dimensions and Included Accessories:
  • 6-5/16"W x 2-1/8"H x 2-3/4"D (when folded)
  • rechargeable on-board 3.7V/440mAh lithium polymer battery
  • micro USB 2.0 cable for charging and data transfer
  • zippered EVA protective case
  • lens cleaning cloth
  • quick start manual
  • Pivothead membership card
  • camera settings adjustment software for Mac and PC online at pivothead.com/support

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size (inches)
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N/A
Viewfinder
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None
Total Pixel Count
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Effective Pixel Count for Video
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High-Definition
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Yes
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Manual Focusing
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No
Filter Diameter
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N/A
Optical Zoom
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N/A
Digital Zoom
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N/A
Night Imaging
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No
Image Stabilization
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No
Built-in Video Light
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No
Built-in Memory
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8 GB Flash Memory
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
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Digital Still Camera Features
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Built-in Photo Flash
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No
Still Image Aspect Ratios
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16:9
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port
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USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI Output
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No
Mic Input
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No
Dimensions
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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2.3
Width (inches)
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6-5/16
Height (inches)
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2-1/8
Depth (inches)
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2-3/4
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Image Sensor Warranty
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1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • Aurora Shale video recording eyewear with smoke gray lenses
  • 2' USB cable (Type A USB on one end and microUSB on other end)
  • Semi-hard storage case
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth (6.5" x 8")
  • Access Pass
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty card

Our Product Research Team

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Features

Pivothead Wearable Imaging: Pivothead Wearable Imaging can record full HD video, still images, and time-lapse photography on a tiny 8 MP camera installed in a pair of fashionable sunglasses. Video and images are stored on a built-in 8 GB flash memory. Pivothead eyewear can give you true point-of-view life recording.

Lens: Pivothead Video Recording Eyewear features a 4-element, Largan glass lens with a 75° field-of-view. There are four focusing options for video: Continuous Focus, Auto Focus (4" to infinity), Fixed Focus (2.8' to infinity), and Macro Focus (4" to 28"). You can also choose between Auto Focus and Macro Focus for shooting still images.

Video Options: The camera has an 8 mega-pixel Sony CMOS image sensor. You can record full HD video (1920 x 1080/30p), or choose 1280 x 720p at 60 or 30 fps. Video options include Normal, Black & White, Face Tracking, or Time/Date Stamp. Video is recorded in MPEG-4/H.264 format. Audio is recorded at 44.1kHz AAC mono using the built-in wind-resistant microphone.

Still Image Options: In addition to recording Full HD video, Pivothead cameras can shoot still images in 8MP, 5MP, and 3MP image sizes. You can also shoot multiple image bursts of 16, 10, 5, or 3 shots. Exposure can be set to Bright, Dim, or Automatic, with selectable ISO at Auto, 200, 800, or 1600. You can shoot color or black & white still images.

Time-Lapse Photos: Shooting Time-Lapse photos let you compress a long period of time into minutes or seconds. There are six Time-Lapse options: 1 shot every 1 second, 1 shot every 30 seconds, 4 shots every 8 seconds, 4 shots every 30 seconds, 10 shots every 30 seconds, or 5 shots every 60 seconds.

Controls/Indicators: There are only two controls on the Pivothead: a power switch and a two-way rubberized Pivotswitch control--press one way to record video and press the other way to record still images. The camera's settings can be controlled using the Pivotswitch. Three LEDs provide status indication for recording (red), charging (green), and power (blue). When changing camera settings the LEDs flash to confirm the settings.

External Control: If you connect the Pivothead glasses to your computer via USB, you can change the camera settings, including video/still image modes, focus, burst modes, and exposure. With the optional Air Pivothead, you can change settings, as well as view videos and still images, wirelessly on your connected smartphone or Wi-Fi device.

Storage Capacity: The built-in 8 GB flash memory will allow you to store approximately 1 hour of Full HD video (1080p/30 fps), 2 hours of 720p/30 fps video, or 45 minutes of 720p/60 fps video.

Battery: The unit is powered by a 3.7-volt Lithium-Polymer rechargeable battery with a capacity of 440 mAh. A fully charged battery will provide approximately 1 hour of continuous recording in Full HD (1080p/30 fps)

USB: The Pivothead video recording eyewear has a micro USB port on the right earpiece, which is used for charging the battery and to transfer your videos and still images.

Aurora Model: The Aurora Shale (BG08) model has the following features:

  • Frames: The gloss black frames are made of durable, lightweight Grilamid TR90. They are impact resistant, UV fade resistant, and temperature resistant with an adjustable, form-fitting nosepad.
  • Lenses: The smoke gray polycarbonate lenses block 100% of UV A/B/C rays. The lenses have a curvature rating of 6. The lenses are also impact resistant (ANSI Z80.3 standard).

Warranty Note: The warranty for this Pivothead product is 1 Year Parts and Labor. The warranty card included with the product (stating 90 Days P & L) is incorrect.

 
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Awesome and fun ... until it stopped working =(

Written By Tuia, Athebs, GA on Friday, September 06, 2013
 
I loved this camera! The image is incredible. It's very fun and easy to use. But after a week it just stopped working and I had to return it. Now besides I liked so much, I'm afraid to order another, because it is expensive.
Pros:
Awesome high definition pictures and video. Very stylish sunglasses.
Cons:
Broke too soon.
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