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GoPro, circa the 1960s

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 14, 2014

Back in the olden days, you just tied your cameraman right to the car:

GoPro 1960s

Looks almost as goofy as Google Glass. Legendary F1 driver Jackie Stewart wore this stills-only proto-GoPro at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1966 (though not during the actual race):

Gopro 1960s Stewart

Stewart ended up winning that race. I believe Stewart is also the model for this contraption, which looks like a film camera counterbalanced with a battery pack?

Gopro 1960s Stewart

That couldn’t have been comfortable. For some reason, neither of Stewart’s helmet cams are recognized by Wikipedia as being the first documented helmet cam, which is instead attributed to a motorcycle race in 1986:

Motorcycle Helmet Cam

Update: Another early use of the helmet cam comes from the world of skydiving. Here’s Bob Sinclair with a camera setup from 1961:

Gopro 1960s Parachute

(thx, david)

Update: Not even a bulky taped-up helmet camera can keep Steve McQueen from looking cool:

GoPro 1960s McQueen

Well, he just barely looks cool. McQueen wore the helmet during the filming of 1971’s Le Mans. While researching this, I came across another film featuring McQueen that used helmet cams to get footage: 1971s On Any Sunday, a documentary about motorcycle racing. (via @jackshafer)

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GoPelican

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 03, 2014

Somehow — science? magic? pelican snacks? — someone found a way to affix a GoPro camera to a pelican’s beak and the view of him flying around a lake in Tanzania is pretty awesome.

(via devour)

A view from a ski jump

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 13, 2014

Ride along with Anders Jacobsen as he takes flight off the end of a ski jump in Lillehammer, Norway.

Very nice, but this fourth grader’s first time on a bigger ramp is by far my favorite ski jump video of all time.

GoPro camera on a trombone

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 06, 2013

This is a clever use of a GoPro camera…attached to the slide of a trombone and pointed back at the player.

And thus the motion is timed perfectly to the music…reminds me of Michel Gondry’s video for Star Guitar in that way. (via @dens)