Today, live streaming action sports brand Sioeye announced the release of the Sioeye Iris4G Blink, its first retail-ready camera and second 4G-enabled action camera that gives sports enthusiasts the ability to capture and broadcast adventures in real-time.
The Sioeye Iris4G Blink edition follows the 2015 introduction of Sioeye's first device, the Sioeye Iris4G 4K. The Sioeye Iris4G Blink will be available in the U.S. in retail stores in the second half of this year and includes integrated live streaming as well as HD video capabilities. In addition to launching the new retail-ready camera, Sioeye announced that it would extend streaming capabilities to YouTube Live.
The Sioeye Iris4G Blink enables action sports enthusiasts and pros to live stream video, audio, and real-time stats including speed and altitude overlays to their fans at the touch of a button. The Sioeye Iris4G Blink live streams using 4G LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity directly built into the smart device.
With the press of a button, the live stream is automatically broadcast through the SioeyeLIVE platform available on iOS, Android, the web and now with a new option to stream directly to your YouTube Live account. SioeyeLIVE simplifies streaming and enables fans to watch and interact with broadcasters as well as gain easy access to instant replay videos.
"The introduction of a high quality, affordable LTE connected device combined with the ability to broadcast to YouTube Live will fundamentally change how fans and friends interact with people in the action sports community," said David Abramowski, General Manager at Sioeye. "Live streaming and the action sports market naturally go together, and Sioeye is at the center of this convergence."
The Sioeye Iris4G Blink live streams at 480p with 30fps, providing a beautiful image and clear sound for mobile viewing with low data consumption using approximately 450MB per hour. The smart device can also simultaneously record HD video to local storage during a live stream session and runs on Android 6.0 with an internal GPS and barometer sensors, delivering additional information to viewers on stream including speedometer and altimeter dashboards.
The Sioeye Iris4G Blink can switch into traditional video capture mode to capture 1080p @ 30fps HD video, as well as 8Megapixel still shots. The device also supports photo bursts and time-lapse videos.
"Using my Sioeye Iris4G, I'm able to give my fans a new perspective on Skimboarding," said Tim Fulton, professional Skimboarder. "Being able to connect to a live audience lets me share my enthusiasm and helps grow our sport. The new Blink edition will broaden live streaming to everyone, not just professionals."
The Sioeye Iris4G Blink edition will be available in the second half of the year through Sioeye.com, Amazon, and select retailers for $249. For a limited time, customers who purchase either Sioeye Iris4G model through Sioeye.com will receive a pre-installed T-Mobile SIM card with 5GB of data at no additional cost, equivalent to around 10 hours of live streaming.