Don't get us wrong; GoPros have a lot to offer. But at $400 or less, they hardly make you stand out. Instead, consider Gyro-Stabilized Systems' C520 camera mount. No, it won't fit on the end of your surfboard, much less your bike helmet. But you have a helicopter to mount it on, right? If not, for the price of this camera system you could buy a Raven II and flying lessons and still have money left over.
Plus, you've got a little time to save up. Gyro-Stabilized Systems partnered with Teton Gravity Research -- makers of high-def extreme sports videos -- for an exclusive release, and are speaking on a case-by-case basis with other interested buyers. The system they rigged up for Teton Gravity Research ran about $750,000.
We can’t promise anyone will notice it, or that if they do, they’ll do anything but laugh. But if you’ve got cash (a lot of cash) to spend and are interested in one last-ditch effort to make Bluetooth headsets cool again (good luck), there are still companies out there making high-end versions of the blocky, blinking earpieces.
Sapphire crystal is actually a good material for electronics — it’s clear, and harder than even the strongest glass. It’s expensive, but has already started showing up in the screens of high-end phones, and could start trickling down to the screens of more ordinarily priced devices. Bluetooth headsets, however, have no screen. You wear a Bluetooth headset in a (likely misguided) attempt to express how important you are, which these days nearly guarantees you’ll be recognized as one who missed the progression of electronics in the last five years.