Patent reveals GoPro’s engaged on a ‘sq. profile’ digital camera design
GoPro does not make sq., dice-like cameras, but when it did, the image (after the break) might be what they’d seem like. The picture comes from a patent granted to GoPro in the present day. The safety covers a “Digital camera housing for a sq.-profile digital camera,” slightly than a digital camera itself (makers of sq. cameras, your time to verify is now). Sifting by means of the claims, the patent mentions how the sq. housing would permit a digital camera to be mounted in quite a few orientations (thanks, geometry!) no matter the way you mount it. There are equivalent openings on three of the edges additionally, to offer entry to ports (like you possibly can with the present “Body” mount) in any orientation.
The digital camera within the drawings is for illustration functions solely, however exhibits a dice-formed GoPro with a single button on prime and a small, skinny show beneath it. The patent additionally mentions dimensions between two to 9 centimeters per aspect, giving a reasonably broad scope of potential sizes. Most significantly, the housing half carries GoPro’s proprietary three-pin connector, which means it’d nonetheless be suitable with a large number of present equipment.
A GoPro spokesperson made it clear to Engadget that there are not any product bulletins to be made presently. Nevertheless, the corporate did say its engineers conceptualized and commenced engaged on a sq. digital camera design in 2011. At present’s patent grant would now shield the housing for any product that it had been engaged on because the unique submitting. That is a lot sufficient time to design a smaller, sq. digital camera for positive.
This can be a essential time for GoPro. The corporate went public final summer time, and since then has confronted ever growing competitors from each excessive finish (Sony) and price range (Xiaomi) cameras. To remain forward, GoPro has diversified into skilled reside broadcasting, and moved deeper into sports activities protection, however cameras are nonetheless its fundamental bread winner.