Front Row: a Less-Intrusive Streaming Camera

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s story about Snap, Inc.’s Spectacles comes this brand-new streaming camera called Front Row. It’s available right now from Amazon.com (and ships to Canada) but will set you back $400 USD.

Instead of putting a camera on your face you wear this device around your neck—with the included lanyard or a necklace of your own—or by clipping it to a piece of clothing. Apparently the idea for the product came from the CEO of Ubiquiti Networks, who was at an NBA game and wanted to livestream his view without holding up his phone.

Fair enough, but why is this thing so big…?

Because on the other side of this Android-powered camera system there’s a full touchscreen. And also a selfie cam. The Front Row, it seems, is like an un-ruggedized GoPro made specifically for livestreaming. Interesting idea; not sure if it’s worth the high price tag, though.

Notable specs:

Dimensions
Height: 59.8 mm / 2.354″
Width: 70.3 mm / 2.768″
Thickness: 12.1 mm / 0.476″
Weight: 55 g / 1.94 oz

Display
Resolution: 640 x 572 @ 327 ppi
Type: 1.96 inch LTPS Round
Management: Touchscreen UI

Main Camera
Megapixels: (8 MP) / f2.2
FOV: 148° ±3°
Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080) – up to 2.7k
Maximum Frame Rate: 30 fps
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes

Reverse Camera
Megapixels: (5 MP) / f2.0
FOV: 85°
Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080) – up to 2k
Max. Frame Rate: 30 fps

Battery
Standby: 50 hrs
Recording: 1 hr 50 min – 2 hr
Live Streaming: 1 hr 45 min – 1 hr 55 min
Charging: Fast Charging via USB C

Memory &Storage
RAM: 2 GB
Storage: 32 GB

Connectivity
Bluetooth: 4.1 LE
Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n/ac

System Architecture
Front Row OS: Android
Processor: Quad Core

Links: Amazon, Android Police, Front Row, Wareable

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