SanDisk wireless storage drives excel; wearable MeCam a clunky camcorder

By , Network World |  Mobile & Wireless

The point-of-view camera provides videos that would be more of a "you are there" type feeling - I could see people using this to record things like "walkaround at Comic-Con." Inevitably, most of the footage you get from the camera would likely be unusable, or boring. But if you happen to have the camera recording when that celebrity walks by, or you catch a YouTube-able moment, then you have that moment on video while you reach for your cell phone or other device. In this way, the MeCam seems more like a backup device to have, rather than your main video recording option.

Some caveats: The safety-pin clip is troublesome - wearing it on your shirt requires some adjustments so you're not filming downward - instead of a safety pin the company should adopt more of a clothespin (or potato chip clip) style of attachment. That being said, I preferred the necklace wearing style, as you could adjust the height of where the camera was placed - mid-chest or up higher near your neck.

Video footage produced by the MeCam will be much shakier than recording with other units, as your body tends to move around more than you think. Because there's no viewfinder on the MeCam, you also tend to make a "best guess" in terms of what you're filming - while you think you may be filming a discussion with a friend, you might be just filming their chest (which might be useful for some scenarios). The hands-free nature of the MeCam lets you record videos without needing to hold a device in your hands, but we've seen that with clip-on cameras like the GoPro as well.

Bottom line: In the end, this seems to be more of a novelty camera/gadget item that is looking for unique scenarios, rather than a solution to any existing video problem.

Grade: 2 stars (out of five)

Shaw can be reached at kshaw@nww.com. Follow him on Twitter: @shawkeith.

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