Industrial designer Christopher Terella's "E-Clips" action camera dates back to 2010, but with the continued growth of the category—led by the popular GoPro—it might make a strong contender today. The thoroughly thought-out concept—"designed for the action sports enthusiast who wants to capture the fun but also participate"—features a bluetooth wristband remote, several options for mounting hardware, and the videography capabilities that would stand up to any of its competitors.
Since the copy is embedded in the slides, we've transcribed relevant bits here:
Capturing, saving and sharing our experiences with others has always been a human desire. Today, thanks to online social networks and web sites, the transition from capture to publication is so simple anyone can do it. As a result, the video camera marketplace is expanding at a rapid pace.
Often the most difficult challenge is to make the complex simple. All facets of this design were evaluated for simplicity.
The aesthetics of this camera were inspired by the outdoor enthusiast. The fit and finish complement the objects it attaches to while maintaining its own desirable identity.
- Waterproof, weatherproof
- Mounted or handheld
- Limited dexterity operation
- Li-Ion battery, USB connection
- 1080P HD video, MicroSD Card
- Bluetooth remote control
- Downloadable app
Exploded View: The simple design strives to keep the part count, cost and complexity to a minimum. Whenever possible, complementary parts were designed symmetrically to minimize tooling costs.
The E-Clips mounting system is designed for fast attachment, removal and adjustment. The curved mounting track on the camera makes this possible. By squeezing the large release buttons the locking tab disengages allowing the camera to rotate freely up to 60° or to be removed, regardless of the mount used.
Bluetooth remote: No need to blindly search for the camera's record button. Simple start and stop operations can conveniently be performed with the Bluetooth remote at a moment's notice—even while wearing gloves.
The Boston-based designer is seeking a permanent position, so if any of you prospective employers like what you see here, check out his resumé on Coroflot.