The Looxcie2 (Look-See-2), an Always-on Dash-Cam & Ear-Cam
Thursday, January 19, 2012 (22:32:36)

Posted by Roger.Knights

by Roger Knights

I’ve just discovered a new type of always-on video camera that is both a dash-cam (with the aid of a mounting accessory to attach it to a car’s sun-visor or windshield) and a head-cam (using its Bluetooth-style ear-loop and ear-bud). It’s available on Amazon. It’s called the Looxcie2 and has these general advantages (among others):

• Low cost (under $200, much cheaper than previous dash-cams).
• Light weight (under an ounce).
• Compactness (about ¾″ thick & 3″ long).
• Convenience (it uses media-free digital recording and wireless “Bluetooth” video transmission).
• Neat accessories (including several magnetically mounted lenses that can be quickly swapped).
• Thoughtful hardware & software design.

It is described in more detail on its site at . The following tabs are the most interesting:

• Looxcie → Details, which contains a table of contents for much other material.
• Buzz, which contains strong user-testimonials & reviews. (Here’s a line from Slashdot’s review: “Spoiler: it works very, very well and is totally slick.”)

It uses a smartphone (Android or iOS) as its control panel. Its specific advantage for Bigfooters is its always-on capability combined with the button that allows the user to save clips of the previous 30-seconds, so that nothing gets lost. The user can also turn on the “save” feature going forward for longer time periods. And he can later go through the most recent multi-hour “loop” looking for segments to save retrospectively, while viewing the screen on his smartphone or computer.

Helmet cameras and dash-cams would have caught many fleeting Bigfoot encounters in the past where the witness failed to swing his camera onto the subject, even if he had it in his hand, or where he couldn’t do so because he was driving.

An “encounter” captured on a Looxcie would carry great weight. Video footage is not only more convincing than a still image, it’s much harder for a faker to create, and much easier for forensic video experts to expose—even though it’s “digital.” There are giveaways of digital video fakery. (The commonly heard claim that it would be easy to fake the PGF today with digital techniques is only half-true. It could be made to look convincing on-screen, but not “under the microscope.” I.e., experts could detect the giveaways in the pixels.)

It could be attached to a dog’s collar, if it is a dog that will track a Bigfoot.

Its everyday uses add to its attractiveness, especially its ability to capture kids behaving unselfconsciously.

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