Sunnyvale, Calif. - Wearable digital camcorder manufacturer
has introduced the Looxcie 2 video cam that wirelessly links to an iPhone or Android phone.
The Looxcie 2 is said to weigh 20 percent less and is almost half the size of the original, while still offering all of the features and social networking benefits of the previous model.
Additionally, Looxcie said it has introduced new attachment accessories to expand the ways users can wear and use the camera, including mounting it on a helmet or handlebars.
Looxcie 2 comes in two configurations: the first carries a $199 suggested retail and stores up to 10 hours of video recordings on 8 GBs of memory and the other carries a $179 suggested retail and stores up to 5 hours of video on 4GBs of memory.
A companion Looxcie smartphone app can be downloaded for free from the Android Marketplace or iPhone App Store to link the camera/headset to the phone.
The Looxcie 2 was said to have been designed for hands-free point-of-view shooting.
"When a memorable moment occurs that is worth preserving or sharing, the instant clip button automatically rewinds, captures and saves the moment as a permanent clip," Looxcie said.
Through the phone link, video can be instantly shared to sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The LooxcieMoments smartphone companion app can record in either 320p or 480p video resolution. Software and firmware upgrades are compatible with the original Looxcie.
"With Looxcie we gave people a way to capture video and share instantly, ensuring that they wouldn't miss the best part of a shot," said Looxcie CEO, Romulus Pereira. "Looxcie 2 takes this seamless experience a huge leap forward by giving people the flexibility to wear Looxcie in whatever way is convenient to them so they can catch that killer jump, swing or slam dunk and still share it out over social media in a single click."
Looxcie 2 utilizes a dual processor system for simultaneous video capture and wireless communication. The Looxcie's video processor software is said to maximize battery life and optimizes video for viewing, editing and sharing on mobile devices.
The camera weighs less than 1 ounce, and stores video files in MP4 format.
Looxcie 2's camera headset can be wirelessly tethered via Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and eSCO from up to 10 meters away, with Bluetooth Hands Free Profile 1.5 supported for telephone calls.
A 365mAh Li Polymer battery supplies power to the camera for to 4 hours of continuous video recording per charge, and DSP noise reduction is added for enhanced audio performance.