New GoPro app for iOS and Android - Interbike 2012

Use your smart device as a GoPro remote

GoPro launched the impressive Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote (£69.99 / US$59 for the BacPac only, or £109.99 / US$99 for both) accessories for its popular HD Hero 2 camera earlier this year. 

When it's all combined together, users can operate up to 50 cameras remotely, at a maximum range of 180m (600ft), creating a new world of possibilities in terms of video composition and editing.

However, it's the upcoming iOS and Android apps that really caught our eye at this year's Interbike show. Set to launch in just a few weeks, the apps effectively turn your smartphone or tablet into a powerful camera remote, providing a live on-screen look at the field of view and complete recording controls. 

The app also offers a vastly more user-friendly interface for tweaking settings such as metering, focus and sound levels than the HD Hero 2's tiny LCD.

Additionally, users will be able to wirelessly transfer stored video files from the camera's memory card to the phone or tablet and instantly upload them to the web for near real-time posts. GoPro says the maximum resolution in this case is only WXGA (800x480 pixels) though.

Slated release for the new app is autumn 2012 – in other words, any day now.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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