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New GoPro Cameras are Designed to be more User-Friendly

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Pulse

GoPro Cameras HERO3+

GoPro cameras have helped people taking part in action sports find ways to capture their adventures on camera. While previously it may have been next-to-impossible for someone who was surfing, biking, skateboarding, riding a scooter, or snowboarding to capture the action, GoPro cameras helped make it possible. Due to GoPro innovating in the action sports niche, it has grown greatly in popularity. They have created ways for users to mount the cameras, which are waterproof, to use while engaging in activities like surfing. The result is that users are able to film high-quality footage that previously may have been out of reach for the average amateur photographer. They also offer a wide range of accessories and mounts, so that the user can find the product that best suits whatever shot they’re trying to capture, such as:

  • The Bodyboard Mount
  • Junior Chesty (Chest Harness)
  • Jaws: Flex Clamp
  • Tripod Mounts
  • Vented Helmet Strap Mount
  • Wrist Housing

GoPro Targeting A Wider Audience

GoPro has achieved great success with the actions sports crowd, but with their latest release they are trying to target a wider audience with their offerings. GoPro’s popularity has stemmed from their cameras being able to attain “wow” perspectives that found a place amongst people seeking to capture their extreme adventures. But for people who would like those benefits for more everyday activities, GoPro has released two cameras aimed at a wider audience, the Hero4Silver and the Hero4Black.

What can people use them for? They can be used for pretty much anything, such as filming from a car, filming from a first person viewpoint, or hiking the mountains. Anything a person might film ordinarily, the GoPro camera will be able to add angles and perspectives that had not been used before. The video quality is high and GoPro also has its own video editing software, that users can utilize when wanting to edit their videos.

Viral Videos

With the popularity of user-generated YouTube content, and social media sites like Vine and Instagram, the power of video only continues to grow. And the user-generated content of these sites also shows how powerful and viral unique content can be. The GoPro cameras help enhance the chances of a video going viral. And in fact some have, one in particular was shot by a New Jersey school teacher named Amanda Brewer. She uploaded an Instagram video shot with the GoPro camera while on a boat. She captured up close and personal a great white shark with its fearsome jaws open. The video instantly went viral on Instagram and its popularity was undoubtedly enhanced by the perspective that the GoPro camera was able to give her.

Anyone Can Create Compelling Content Now

Now that GoPro has started targeting users who aren’t action-sports enthusiasts, they are helping people from all walks of life create compelling content. Many people like filming important events in their life, funny happenings, or anything that strikes their fancy. With increased access to camera equipment like GoPro provides, they are now able to capture types of footage that previously was only accessible to professional filmmakers. With GoPro products users can create footage that’s of higher quality than what can be filmed on cell phones.

Now there is very little barrier to users creating content that can go viral. They can also create higher quality footage to share amongst their family and friends. GoPro’s popularity seems like it will only grow, with their latest offering towards a wider audience. The company seems intent on innovating their products on a regular basis. They also have a line of products targeted towards animals, so that owners can strap cameras on to their beloved pets to create “pet-perspective” videos, and they continue to expand and improve on their current product lines.

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Ted McCaffery Wins Pride of Britain Award After Completing Mini-Triathlon

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 by Pulse

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Ted McCaffery is a brave little boy, who has become an inspiration to the people of Britain. McCaffery is one of those people who has had to face very adverse circumstances from a very early age, but has still been able to maintain a positive and admirable attitude. He’s only six years old, but has already faced enough medical problems to last a lifetime.

He was born with a heart murmur that has only caused progressively worse medical problems for him. Several years ago, in late 2012, Ted found out that he was going to have under go an invasive surgery on his aortic valve to save his life. His parents were heartbroken, because it was a dangerous and invasive surgery, especially on someone so young.

Beating The Odds

Ted McCaffery has been beating the odds his entire life, and he emerged victorious again after undergoing a successful surgery. But instead of feelings sorry for himself, Ted vowed that after he was recovered from the surgery he would help raise funds to help other people who suffer from the same issues. He decided to compete in a mini-triathlon to help raise money for his cause.

Although the triathlon was grueling, especially for a child who just underwent a six-hour heart surgery, he finished the triathlon and raised the funds that he wanted. To complete the triathlon successfully Ted had to ride a scooter, a bike, and run even while being thoroughly exhausted.

Benefits Of Marathons

While taking part in the triathlon Ted McCaffery’s mother worried that she shouldn’t have allowed him to do such a strenuous endeavor.  But Ted showed the determination that has helped him overcome his physical problems, and he finished the marathon. Showing maturity far beyond his age, he also became a children’s ambassador, which seems to be something that he would excel at, given his genuine desire to help children who are suffering from physical maladies.

It’s also fortunate that Ted’s mother allowed him to take part in the marathon, because otherwise Ted wouldn’t  have been able to achieve his goals. Marathons  have many benefits such as:

  • Encouraging people to push themselves beyond their normal limits
  • Boosting confidence
  • Mental clarity
  • Inspiring others

People who complete marathons take pride in themselves, and have the belief that they can reach whatever goals they set for themselves. Ted proved to himself and others that he wouldn’t allow his heart condition to hold him back from achieving what he wants in life. He gained confidence and mental strength by taking part in a triathlon.

Ted Was Rewarded For His Efforts

Ted’s heroic efforts have not gone unnoticed.  He won the Pride of Britain award from LIDL for his fundraising efforts. In his short six years, Ted has already achieved many admirable goals in his life. Hopefully his surgery will be a long-term success, and he can focus solely on fundraising and helping others, instead of constantly being in the hospital. He shows no signs of slowing down, while still working as a child ambassador and even starting his own social media campaign.

People like Ted help shed awareness about health issues that may otherwise be overlooked, and by doing this funds and donations can be raised to help the children who do suffer from the issues. It’s also great when someone like Ted is so active, because due to his youth and firsthand experience, he can provide a window into the issue like no one else can. Ted can speak for other children, who may not have the resources to spread awareness about their issue. He is also social media savvy, and has used that to solicit donations like teddy bears for other children.

 

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Electric Scooter Modding is the Next Big thing for the Industry

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014 by Pulse

Scooter Modding

Modding is a term that means, “modifying,” basically doing things on your own to change the basic make up of your machine.  You could just passively sit by and passively accept the scooter based on what the manufacture has set up for you, or you could use your own creativity and knowledge to really make your scooter your own.

Popular things that get the modification treatment include ways to improve the looks, functionality, or power of your scooter.  So whether you want something that will stand out from the crowd, get more power and speed then other peoples, or find a way to adjust the scooter to fit your needs and wants, modding is something you can explore.  Modding has some exciting potential for the scooter industry, because it can helping people customize their scooters into something that better reflects their unique personalities, stand out from the crowd, and better reflect personal needs.

Changing the physical appearance 

The most obvious way to do this is with changing the paint color and trim work, giving scooters a unique customizable look, simply coloring pink, black, or blue, or orange, or painting your own pattern can give your scooter a unique look.  But that is really only the beginning. The blog Pink Tentacle has revealed several ways that scooter drivers have given their vehicles a totally new body.  Changing the frame, putting in under-lights, putting in a stylized large exhaust pipe are just some of the possibilities that can give your scooter a whole new look, more then fully capable of competing for awesomeness among cars and motorcycles.

Adding storage capacity, and other things that can increase functionality

Perhaps less glamorous, but more useful, depending on what you are looking for, there are a variety of ways to mod a scooter to add features that can give you a more comfortable and convenient ride.  Backrests can be added to seats, cup holders or music playing systems can be attached, or you can increase your storage space in the back.  This can allow your scooter to become a part of your life, allowing it to replace your car as a convenient way to get around.  Some things, like bigger rear view mirrors, adding reflective tape, and placing a third break light on the back, can increase the scooter’s safety and make riding it a more pleasant hobby.

Improving performance and raising speed

Ok – here’s where we get to some of the good stuff, where the sky really is the limit.  There are a variety of ways to alter a scooter to make them run better, go faster, or have more power, giving you a more extreme and satisfying ride. One option is to “derestrict” an engine, taking out the variomatic ring  that is getting in the way of allowing the engine transmission from reaching the maximum gear ratio. This will greatly maximize the top speed of the engine, allowing you to go faster then ever before.  For your own safety, please obey all speed limit laws, but it can still be pretty satisfying to know you’re machine can be pushed to greater limits.

Other modifications you can try include replacing the carbonator with a more modern, efficient, and more environmentally friendly electric fuel injection.  This can allow you to use a lot less gas, and be less likely to break down over time.

There are a wide variety of possibilities of how you can change a scooter to truly make it yours. While some might require some fancy mechanical skill and specialized tools, others can be done relativity simple by yourself.  Moding opens up a whole new world for scooters, because it will guarantee no one but you will be riding what you’ve got.

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University of Florida Engineering Students Race in ‘Electric Scooter Olympics’

Posted on: October 20th, 2014 by Pulse

Engineering Students Race in 'Electric Scooter Olympics'

5th year engineering student Diana Nelson doing figure-eights for her team at the Scooter Olympics. Source – Kan Li for the Florida Alligator. 

Normally, Dr. Peter Ifju is content with being a highly esteemed professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida.   Yet, his academic specialty is in the field of Experimental Mechanics, which involves constantly searching for new ways to design things and improve them.

This interest is what gives him some sympathies and common ground with the innovative world of scooter making and riding.  Thus, on the afternoon of September 29, 2014, instead of sitting down to another lecture, 120 engineering students participated in the University of Florida’s first Electric Scooter Olympics.

How it went down

 6 person teams were formed, for a total of 20 student teams and one team of teaching assistants.  Each team had an electric scooter they had been building as part of their class, and competed in an uphill race, a downhill race, and a figure-8 event.  In spite of worries the whole thing might be postponed because the rain, students showed up to their morning classes in helmets, some after a weekend of practicing their figure 8s, showing a lot of eager anticipation.

Finally, the rain stopped just as the festivities began at 4:10.  Competitors were given one opportunity to push off the ground to start, but then took a two second penalty for each misstep.

Although some batteries were wearing down by the end of the hour-long event, causing the scooters to skid, every team was able to complete all events successfully. Ultimately, the six seniors in Team 20 won the overall competition, after wining the uphill race and finishing second in the figure-8 competition.

Ifju noted that the “younger and hungrier” senior students “utterly humiliated” the older graduate students, even if the later had put effort into decorating their scooter pop-pops, foam horns, and an alligator shaped mat.  The victors in Team 20 won the grand prize of a box of candy and a trophy made from tire-pressure gauges.   Hanna Helms, writing for UF’s campus newspaper The Independent Florida Alligator notes, “No students or scooters were injured at the event,” making it an successful event that hopefully will be repeated with the next class.

Trust me, it was for school

The Scooter Olympics was the culmination of an assignment in Dr. Ifju’s capstone mechanical design class, in which the students examined, took apart, and rebuilt a model E300 Razor Electric Scooter, which is one of the fastest scooters Razor makes, reaching speeds up to 15 miles an hour.  By putting the scooters they had been building into practice, the Olympics help students better appreciate the scooter’s design, mechanics, and evaluate its performance in a way that will help them with their own design projects. 22-year-old mechanical engineering student Daniella Soyos participated, and found the event a really helpful way to apply and appreciate her studies, saying, “We’re breaking down something seen in real-life applications.”

The students also used their knowledge of physics to their advantage. For example, they used their lightest team member to race uphill, and their heaviest to go downhill, recognizing that the difference in mass would have advantages going with or against gravity.

By riding a scooter, as you think through outfitting your scooter for maximum performance, think about landscapes and places to ride that will work the best, and altering your technique for a trick in a particular context, you are putting principles of science into practice without even realizing it. These engineering students prove there is a lot more to scooter riding then meets the eye, and their enthusiasm and expertise is going to bring a lot to the sport.

 

Movin’ and Shakin’ with the Pulse Slither

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by Pulse

Scooters provide a somewhat easy but extremely exciting way to ride on streets and in skate parks. Its deceptive simplicity allows for limitless creativity and endless variations on finding new ways to ride with the freedom of the wind.  On that note, the crazy minds of your friends at Pulse Performance Products have done it again. The Pulse Slither is a very innovative variation, a three-wheeled scooter that provides all sorts of new possibilities for the rider.

Pulse Slither

What makes this scooter different?

While your grandfather’s scooter could just move in a straight line, the Slither allows for unique drifting action, sliding back and forth in a zigzag as you move forward, just like a snakes “slither.”  This is made possible through a unique design feature – three wheels. There are two fixed wheels in the front, attached to the steering stick, but the back wheel is a pivot-mounted castor wheel, with a spring  that swivels back and forth, much like a roller blade wheel, allowing for all sorts of new possibilities of movement, acting as a sort of “rudder” controlling your movement.

So that’s the most distinguishing feature, but there are others that really make the Slither a really great slipping and sliding machine. While some caster-wheeled scooters can be a real challenge to learn how to get your balance, the large sized urethane and hard plastic front wheels giving a lot of road-to-tire contact, knobbed gripes on the handlebars, and molded anti-slip traction on a large deck make for a secure and safe ride that’s easy to control, and appropriate for children and adults ages 7 and up of all skill levels.

How can I play with it?

 As with all Pulse Products, the scooter is made out of the highest quality materials, and is relativity easy to assembled, taking at most 10 minutes to screw the front wheels in and attach the handlebar to a desired height. While the Slither can work great for the conventional racing down a street, the real fun comes in taking advantage of the pivoting wheel.  You use your weight, shifting it back and forth to control your movements, treating it less like a regular scooter and more like a surfboard or snowboard.

This makes turns and tricks that much more fun and actually propels you forward with the scissor-like side-to-side motions.  Your platform moves in a fluid motion, allowing for very precise carved turns around corners.   By pushing into the side, and steering sharply in that direction, you can move in a sideways motion.  You can ride either facing forward like a scooter, or sideways like a skateboard – really it’s your choice to explore.

You don’t have to start moving by pushing off with your foot, but simply shift your weight side to side and let the board propel itself, getting faster and faster the more you move.   With a lot of speed, you can shift off to one wheel, allowed for very sharp turns close to the ground.  The light weight makes it possible to do a “bunny hop” where you lift the scooter off the ground by jumping as one unit.  After you’re done, the adjustable steering bar can be folded up, allowed for compact and easy storage.

The Slither allows for a multiplicity of possibilities, so try to see what new things you can do with it!   More possibilities, more fun and more tricks from versatility, functionality, and excitement that was never before possible. It comes in two colors, electric blue and toxic green, as well as a third colorful “street art” design, that will not chip or fade, adding to the coolness just radiating off.  Just be sure to hold on tight!photo credit: DancesWithLight via photopin cc

Pulse Kick N’Go (Video Intro)

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by Pulse

The Pulse Kick N. Go scooter is one of the most fun and dynamic toys a kid can have. With its patented kick n. go technology kids can go even faster and have more control over the acceleration of their scooter. These videos will show how to install the parts and also give a walkthrough of all the features. The Kick N. Go scooter has even been featured on major television shows like The View and the Today Show.

Kick Scooter

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Xcelerator Front Wheel Installation and Alignment

This video demo will show you how to install a front wheel with 5 mm wrenches. Then you must align the front wheel with your clamp adjustment lever.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Xcelerator TV Commercial

Part rocket, part science, part kid – this video introduces the Pulse Kick N. Go scooter. The scooter goes faster the more you kick it, loaded with turbo fastronomic kick n. go technology!

Kick ‘N Go™ on The View®

On the popular television show The View Sherri Sheperd announces a giveaway for the Pulse Kick N’ Go scooter. The audience goes wild for the fastronomic kick n. go technology!

Kick ‘N Go™ on the Today Show®

Matt Lauer discusses how parents can keep their kids occupied during the long days of summer on the Today Show. He is introduced to the Kick N’ Go scooter, recommended for kids ages 8 and up.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Xcelerator Video Instruction Manual

This video instruction manual goes over all the features of the Kick N. Go scooter. The brake lever, the pump lever, and the propulsion pedal are some of the features that are discussed.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Xcelerator Rear Wheel Replacement

You will need a flathead screwdriver to disassemble the rear wheel. Then the replacement wheel can be installed.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Xcelerator Front Wheel Assembly

You will need to use the two wrenches provided by Pulse to carefully install and screw in the front wheel. This video also shows you how to setup the Kick n. Go handlebar.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Tough as Nails

Hard work and craftsmanship goes into sculpting the Pulse Kick N. Go. The final product is a scooter that is durable and kids will love to ride.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Test Pilot Series – Gavin

Gavin is a happy, lively kid who loves to stay active. He demonstrates how fun and safe riding the Kick N. Go scooter can be zooming through a playground.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Nitrous TV Commercial

The Pulse Kick N. Go scooter is so fun that it has started a new phenomenon. Everywhere kids are now kicking and kicking and kicking, just like they do when they’re riding their Pulse Kick N. Go scooter!

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Nitrous Rear Wheel Assembly

Using the provided wrenches and a flathead screwdriver the rear wheel can be disassembled. Pliers will be needed to install the new wheel properly, along with using the wrenches to make sure everything is tightened properly.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Nitrous Front End Tutorial

Use the clamp adjustment nut to properly secure the downtube. Then screw in the handlebar and the front wheel with the provided tools.

Pulse Kick ‘N Go – Nitrous Front End Tutorial

This video gives you a behind the scenes tour of the Kick N. Go factory. It’s an intricate operation that involves a team of experts and technicians.

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Flyboarding Set to be the Next Big Sport

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by Pulse

Ever want to swim like a dolphin? Now people can experience the water like a dolphin in a way that they never have before with flyboarding. A video on YouTube with over thirteen million views vividly demonstrates how fun flyboarding can be. It looks like water skiing, except amped up, and people are flying through the air, diving into the water, and swimming through it with the speed and grace of a dolphin, before being shot in the air again. For people who enjoy activities in the water, particularly physical ones, this appears to be the next big sport.

What Is Flyboarding?

physical strength to flyboard

When someone is flyboarding it’s the equivalent of being attached to a water jet pack. The water jet pack is attached to a personal water craft, and then the person in the water is attached to the flyboard and the personal water craft by a long hose. With the boat supplying the propulsion, the jet nozzles provide the pressure to push a person straight into the air and then to dive into the water.

Previously, people who enjoyed the water have engaged in such activities as tubing, where they are dragged through the water on an inner tube. Or they had water skied, which involved a person being dragged on a boat standing on water skis, and holding on to a rope attached to the boat. Those activities have been going on for many many years. But flyboarding is the latest major innovation in water sports, and is set to make a major impact. A recently new invention, it was created by Franky Zapata in 2011 and was presented to the public in 2012. Shortly afterwards the YouTube video was posted, that makes flyboarding look unbelievably fun and amazing. People have responded and since then flyboarding has continued to grow in popularity.

Flyboarding Requires Coordination And Training

But as fun as flyboarding as looks, people can’t just start flyboarding without any previous training. In fact people who want to flyboard have to undergo a training session and sign a liability release, so that they can’t sue the flyboard creators if an accident were to occur.

As amazing as flyboarding looks on the video, reportedly it doesn’t take much physical strength to flyboard, but rather proper instruction and physical coordination. So although one must be eighteen years or older to flyboard, physical size and strength shouldn’t be a major factor for who can enjoy flyboarding. There is also no limit on how much someone weighs to flyboard, making it an activity that can be enjoyed by a wide range of people. Typically rented out, it can also be purchased by people who want to engage in the activity on a regular basis.

Since being introduced to the public by Franky Zapata, flyboarding has steadily increased in popularity. Besides the United States, it has also become popular in the UK and is rented out for:

  • Corporate parties
  • Family vacations
  • Birthday parties
  • College parties

The appeal of becoming a living aquaman has proven to capture the imagination of many. And besides the recreational aspect, the first flyboarding competitions have also been held. The first one was held in Doha, Qatar as well as the second one. This appears to be an annual event, and as the popularity of flyboarding continues to grow more competitions will probably be held in the future. People who have tried flyboarding for the first time, says it takes a couple attempts to relax, but once one does then the first time being shot six feet in the air is exhilarating and exciting. And with wetsuits, people can experience flyboarding throughout the year. It’s already being hailed as the future of water sports.

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Fox V4 Helmet Lives Up to the Hype

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Pulse

Motor Cross

People who take part in motocross racing are participating in a strenuous and potentially dangerous competition. And that’s why having a strong, well-designed, and effective helmet is crucial to have when motocross racing. Motocross is a race where motorcycles are ridden on off-roads and done so in all types of demanding terrain and in various types of weather. Motocross was first developed in the United Kingdom and has since grown in popularity and is now practiced in the United States also. Motocross competitions are held internationally and there are variations on the type of competitions there are such as:

  • Freestyle
  • SuperMoto
  • Supercross
  • Sidecarcross

All of these types of competitions need top quality helmets to make sure the competitors are as safe as possible. And recently the Fox V4 helmet has been released to rave reviews. Before it was released a great deal of buzz and anticipation had been built around the Fox V4 Helmet’s imminent release.

Exceeding Expectations

The Fox V4 helmet is one of those rare releases that exceeds the expectations of the waiting consumer. The latest evolution of the V3 helmet, this helmet has been in the works for many years. Reportedly it’s the result of many meticulous years of fine-tuning and testing on various motocross drivers such as Ryan Dungey. Due to the dangerous nature of the motocross competitions, it was imperative that this new release by as safe as possible. Reviewers of the helmet have commented on how it has been an improvement on virtually every aspect of the older version of the helmet.

Benefits Of The Fox V4 Helmet

The Fox V4 helmet has been reported to be exceedingly more comfortable and closer fit than the V3 helmet, as well as having better ventilation. The ventilation is a key improvement, because motocross racers are always riding in long motos and become sweaty. Ventilation will help keep the racer focused and less distracted. Riders will be able to breath better wearing the V4 helmet with the increased amount of ventilation it provides. The helmet, despite all of its protection, is also surprisingly lightweight and is built with a carbon composite shell composition. The carbon composite of the helmet also helps the rider absorb any blows to the head as a result of racing. This must be a welcome innovation from motor racers, who have to carry the helmet on their head during long rides.

The general high quality of the craftsmanship has also been lauded by reviewers, who also appreciate the quality of the artistically crafted design. The visor is extremely well-made, built with a combination of mesh and carbon fiber and is well integrated into the helmet. The EPS liner also enhances the comfort of the helmet, which makes the layer against the head more comfortable to the rider. Besides this, the helmet comes in four sizes, so that no matter what size a person’s head is, one will be able to find a V4 helmet that fits well.

Already a who’s who of motocross racers are using the Fox V4 helmet, such as Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, and Jeff Emig. Besides the impressive visual design of the helmet, it’s great that the efficacy and safety of these helmets continue to innovate on a regular basis. Serious head injuries in motocross and similar sports has to be one of the greatest worries that these riders face, and with the Fox V4 helmet they now have a piece of equipment that will help them stay safer and more comfortable during long, uncomfortable races. Because it’s an international sport, riders from all across the world will benefit from the latest Fox helmet, and the sport appears to be still growing in popularity.

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New Harness for Cameras Created for Man’s Best Friend

Posted on: September 23rd, 2014 by Pulse

With the seemingly endless YouTube videos of people’s dogs being posted, pet owners are searching for new and inventive ways to film their beloved canines. Social media is becoming more and more about video with popular sites like Vine and Instagram recently rolling out a video feature. So now more than ever pet owners want to capture every moment with their adorable pooch for themselves and an audience to see. This has led to the innovative idea of strapping a camera onto the actual dog’s themselves, so that the point of view of the dog can be captured fully.

Introducing The GoPro Camera Harness

GoPro Camera

Previously, the idea of a dog being able to take its own videos might’ve seemed like a fanciful notion, but with the rapid progression of technology it’s already a reality. GoPro has come up with the innovative idea of utilizing a harness so that two cameras can be strapped to a dog, one on it’s shoulders, and one between its two front legs so that both shots can be taken. The harness is adjustable so that it can fit a wide variety of dogs like:

  • Bulldogs
  • Labradors
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Bassett Hounds

This way, owners of dogs of all sizes can use the GoPro camera to capture the dog’s best moments. Funny point of view shots can be taken, and the dog can capture angles and moments that would be virtually impossible for the owner to be able to take.

Meeting A Demand

While the development of the GoPro dog camera may be a relatively new development, in fact people have been creating their own DIY camera harnesses for their dogs for a long time. So GoPro recognized the demand for a custom harness, and they were able to create one that is not only comfortable for the dog, but that is very user friendly for the owner.

When the harness gets dirty it can just be thrown in the washing machine, and the harness makes sure the camera is secured to the dog no matter what crazy actions it tries. With this new product, this probably hails the beginning of a wide range of technology targeted towards animals.

Only The Beginning

Even though dogs are man’s best friends they are closely followed by the ubiquitous cat. Smaller and more rental friendly, cats may be almost as popular as dogs, considering how many cat videos are floating around the internet. And they are more uniform in size, which should make creating a harness for them more simple. While GoPro has yet to announce a cat harness, it shouldn’t be surprising if that is the next step towards making cat videos, where the cats are the ones controlling the action. People who love their pets will probably delight in the GoPro harness and will be able to fill up their social media feeds with even more videos of their pets.

And besides the videos, these cameras also allow dog owners an interesting glimpse into their pets’ lives. Whether strapping the cameras on a hiking trip, or on the daily walk, they’ll be able to literally see what their pets see, what they stop to sniff at, and how the world looks from a dog’s vantage point.

Already there are many YouTube videos featuring the GoPro harness. Some people are even taking the GoPro “day in the life” idea even farther, attaching the camera to an oven to see a day in the life of their oven. But beyond that, while it doesn’t seem to have been mentioned yet, the GoPro harness seems like it would have many useful possibilities regarding search and rescue dogs, who can be made even more effective with cameras attached to their bodies.

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Will Utah Outlaw Arch-Swinging?

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by Pulse

arch swinging

Young people crave excitement and adventure and search for novel ways to experience it. And the feelings of an adrenaline rush are often intertwined with real imminent danger, because it lends an air of unpredictability that heightens the anticipation. Most of the time, the pursuit of excitement doesn’t lead to fatalities, but in a recent case a young man of twenty-two years old, Kyle Stocking, died while taking part in the latest trend dubbed “arch-swinging.” A very popular video on YouTube depicting arch-swinging has garnered nineteen million views, which undoubtedly has helped fuel the popularity of the pastime, and people seeking to try it themselves despite the undertaking being extremely dangerous.

What Is Arch-Swinging?

The YouTube video that features arch-swinging is filmed in Utah, on the Corona Arch, which is located in Moab and features an arch in the desert that is of breathtaking beauty. In fact, Utah can boast of having some of the most beautiful and grandiose natural sights in America with their deserts. However, in this case, people weren’t content to merely view the beauty of the Corona arch, but have undertaken swinging from the extremely tall arch with a DIY rope swing.

While the exhilaration and thrill of doing it has captured people’s imagination, the reality is that arch-swinging on the Corona Arch is extremely dangerous and shouldn’t be attempted by anyone, least of all young inexperienced people who don’t grasp the concept of how truly dangerous swinging from a manmade rope swing is. In the case of Kyle Stocking he overestimated how much rope he should use to build the swing and ended up hurtling straight to the ground, since the rope was too long. While medical help was called immediately, unfortunately Kyle Stocking had already passed and couldn’t be saved. The death of such a young person when it was completely avoidable has raised concerns about the Corona arch and how accessible it is.

Will Arch-Swinging Be Outlawed?

Kyle Stockton’s sad, preventable death and the prevalence of the pastime of arch- swinging has led to the state taking some action to try to prevent another fatality from happening again. The state of Utah has banned touring companies from charging people who want to swing on it, but that seems to be as far as they are able to go. Legally, people cannot be banned from swinging on the arch, just like they can’t be banned from climbing or jumping off a mountain. In essence, while the dangers of arch jumping should be strongly emphasized and warned about, ultimately people need to use their common sense and realize that their lives are worth more than a temporary, fleeting thrill. So while it doesn’t seem like arch swinging will be outlawed anytime soon, if ever, hopefully people will learn that the risks of arch swinging far outweigh any temporary thrills.

Safer Alternatives To Arch-Swinging

Young people, and thrill-seekers in general, should seek out safer alternatives to arch-swinging and there are many. While any type of activity has a chance of an accident, most likely if a mishap were to occur, someone wouldn’t hurtle to their death like in Kyle Stockton’s case. Other activities that people can do are:

  • Riding rollercoasters
  • Skydiving
  • Kayaking
  • Skiing
  • Skateboarding

All of the previously mentioned activities provide an adrenaline rush, and when practiced in a safe and supervised manner, are much safer than arch-swinging.  Young people can visit skate parks, ride rollercoasters with friends, kayak with a group of people, and also go skiing. They can take part in all of these activities as safer alternatives to arch-swinging. Kyle Stockton’s death shows how easily something can go wrong when attempting such a dangerous feat in a completely unregulated environment.

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