Gear Watch: Video Recording Sunglasses from Pivothead

Pivothead Aurora, $349
Notice the small video camera in the center of the lens.
The battery and electronics are contained within the frame.
Pivothead integrates a video camera directly into a pair of sunglasses. The camera lens is placed right between your eyes, while the microphone, battery, and electronics are contained within the frame. The result is a lightweight, wearable video camera that records the world from essentially the same angle that you see it with your eyes. And, oh yeah, it also provides protection from the sun.

Pivothead sunglasses are capable of recording HD video (1080p @ 30 frames per second) as well as still photographs, either individually, in bursts, or at regular intervals. An on/off switch is positioned on the arm of the sunglasses between the ear and temple and allows you to toggle between video and photography settings.

To adjust the specific settings, you plug the sunglasses into a computer or smartphone (Android only at the moment; iPhone app "coming soon"). Once connected, a control panel (pictured below) allows you to manipulate a wide range of settings, including resolution, ISO, and frames per second.

Considering how much technology is packed into the sunglasses, they are not nearly as large and clunky in appearance as you might expect. They are also surprisingly lightweight—a pair of Pivothead sunglasses weighs only about 75 grams, or slightly less than 3 ounces.

The tradeoff for this compact, integrated electronics magic is a small rechargeable battery—and thus short battery life. According to the Pivothead FAQ page, you only get about 60 minutes of continuous recording time.

Pivothead sunglasses are water-resistant but not waterproof. Rain and sweat are fine. Dropping them in the lake is not.

Pivothead offers four styles, each of which features four different lens and color combinations, including options for photochromic lenses and camouflage frames, among others. They all retail for $349.

“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.