Although the Looxcie (said “look-see” which is way clever) is marketed as a first person point of view camera like the helmet cams of yesterday, I’m choosing to call it in our office a “hands free video camera” which is like a flip cam / bluetooth earpiece hybrid.
Looxcie looks like an amazing tool for any industry, but most notably for the visual-intensive industry of real estate. Pop it on your ear fully charged and capture up to five straight hours (while people think you’re just wearing a chunky bluetooth headset).
For real estate, this would be great for an impromptu video of a neighborhood, a drive through an area without having to fumble with a camera, a tour of a home for a buyer, an office tour, interviews with brokers or title reps for your blog, hyperlocal events like music, carnivals and the like- the options are endless. We’ll be using it for interviews, at conferences, at lectures and probably for some office pranks…
I like that it’s USB so it’s universal and I don’t have to get stupid adapters or anything. Smartphone owners can edit video on their phone with the Looxcie app and can even immediately share it online. Another cool feature is the ability to use your smartphone as a remote control.
Also, if you’re a bluetooth nut, you can use Looxcie as your phone’s bluetooth hands free headset (and you can continue filming while you talk on the phone, it simply mutes audio on your film while you chat). Used just as a phone headset, it claims to have the longest battery life of any on the market.
Reviews of Looxcie appear favorable and it gets high marks for comfort and noise cancellation although some users disagree that you can capture five hours, saying it’s more like three. It’s the first gen and first of its kind, so we anticipate that others will follow, but for now, we think it’s worth popping out $199! Who’s with me?
AG is not affiliated with Looxcie.