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If you're reading this, you probably own a camera or two, and maybe even a camcorder. You probably take them everywhere. And if they’re worth anything, you’re probably worried about damage from shocks and impacts. Here are two gadgets that will expand the creative possibilities of your gear and also protect it from the forces of gravity.
There are numerous wearable still cameras and video camcorders on the market these days. Some of them clip onto your clothing and others can be mounted on a helmet or strapped to your head. But many people already own cameras and camcorders that aren’t intended to be worn. Sure, you can hold a camera in your hand, but if you’re riding a bike or motorcycle or driving a car, you can be certain this will be a threat to the safe simultaneous operation of your vehicle, yourself and your gear.
Bikers and motorcyclists rejoice: Aiptek’s Bike Mount for camcorders, cameras and voice recorders lets you secure your gear to your ride’s handlebars. Intended for use with lightweight cameras and camcorders only, the Bike Mount clamps securely to handlebars using a thumbscrew. Cushioning on the inside of the clamp prevents damage to the handlebars’ finish. For only $19.95 you can convert a conventional camera or camcorder into an action cam, and we suggest you use gear as light as possible on this clamp; the inertia from a sudden stop or impact could compromise the structure of a heavier camera's plastic or polycarbonate bottom plate, cracking and sending your precious gear into orbit.
The Bike Mount's measurements are: (L) 2.25" x (H) 3.5" x (W) 1.25". Inside the ring, the handlbar can be up to 1" in diameter.
Not to leave riders of four-wheeled vehicles out of the action, Aiptek’s Windshield Mount lets you mount a camcorder, camera, GPS receiver, voice recorder or anything else with a tripod mount securely to a car’s windshield. You could simply place your gear on the dashboard, but it’s going to take a tumble if you have to make a sudden maneuver. An investment of only $24.90 will give you peace of mind and keep your device within your reach. The suction-cup base mounts securely to glass and other smooth surfaces, and the flexible gooseneck lets you position your gadgets precisely.
If you’re a race-car driver or off-road enthusiast, it’s a no-brainer to want to capture the action to share with friends, family and peers. But the Windshield Mount is also useful in law enforcement for documenting arrests, such as when you see drivers being pulled over on the TV program Cops. I suspect that the drivers/camera people who prepare all those street view images for Google would find these windshield mounts extremely useful.
Of course, the Windshield Mount can be used in any vehicle that has a windshield. Boats, ATVs and snowmobiles could certainly use a sturdy camera mount. And those of you who are fortunate enough to own, or at least pilot, an airplane, helicopter or submarine could definitely have a lot of fun with this simple, utilitarian piece of hardware.
*Note: Please check your local and state laws regarding the mounting of anything to automobile windshields. In many states, a setup such as the one pictured above could constitute a violation.