October 15, 2011
Last month, the editor of our Adventure Cyclist magazine took a look at Cateye's INOU, a GPS enabled camera and video recorder that mounts to your helmet or handlebars. I was a big fan of what he had to say about it, so I decided to borrow it for a few rides, and share some of the actual video that comes out of this little guy.
As I mentioned, this is a GPS enabled camera, and video recorder. That's quite a bit of data to process, all of which is written on a micro SD card. To get that information off the card, and onto your computer, just jump online at http://www.inouatlas.com. From here, you can create a free personal account, and download the INOU Synch application. When you plug the micro SD card into your computer, you can go straight to the INOU Synch application. You can either choose "One Button Upload," which loads the video and data straight to the INOU Atlas page (and a YouTube account if you have one), or you can download it to your computer first for editing.
The GPS tracking feature superimposes your videos and photos onto a Google map, so you can see exactly where the visual media was recorded in a physical realm, in addition to how fast you were traveling at that given moment. This makes for a pretty cool way to share your tour, or every day rides, with your friends and family.
The device accepts up to a 32GB micro SD card, and the pair of AAA batteries can provide up to 2.5 hours of use. If you're on an extended tour, you can upload your data on the fly if you can get to computer and internet access at a hotel or library, and the quick synching process means you won't be spending hours uploading images or video to a media storage site.
If you're wondering about the image quality that this can produce, check out these samples of what I got out of it.
TOURING GEAR AND TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling's member services department. It appears weekly, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead.