“Convert your iPhone to a rugged helmet camera.” We’ve heard this before. But this week, announced at the CES trade show in Las Vegas, G-Form has unveiled a product that’s different.
The company touts its G90 case will “truly allow smartphones to replace sports action cameras” like the GoPro.
This is accomplished with a special lens that allows smartphones or the iPod touch to take images at a 90-degree angle. The lens changes the way you can mount an iPhone or similar device so that it can now sit flat on the side of a helmet, bike handlebars, a kayak hull, or anywhere else.
The hard plastic case is waterproof and has a “skeletal back” to protect a phone inside.
“Low-profile, aerodynamic and sleek” are words the company uses to describe the case. It changes the lens direction and also widens the field of view to capture 140 degrees of a scene.
Said an R&D director from the brand, â€œMany people have tried to use smartphones or iPods as sports cameras with cases and mounting systems, and it just doesn’t work due to the awkward, non-aerodynamic shape of the devices in normal video orientation and the narrow field of view.”
He continued, “The G90 case literally transforms a smartphone or iPod into a true sports action camera.”
The case will be available in June for a variety of devices, including the Samsung S4, Apple iPhone 5, iPod touch, and more. Price is $TBA.