Proto Labs Inc : Proto Labs' Cool Idea! Winner Ready To Make Waves
07/17/2012| 12:30pm US/Eastern
SOLOSHOT handles the camera work, lets you be the star
Sports enthusiasts around the globe have long been accustomed to
enlisting friends, family and even strangers to serve as amateur
videographers. But even if you're able to convince someone to invest the
time and energy to help out, usable footage is never a guarantee. Now
athletes ranging from professional surfers to little league soccer
players can capture high quality video of themselves on their own, from
a distance, thanks to SOLOSHOT,
the most recent recipient of the Proto
Labs Cool Idea! Award.
SOLOSHOT is a two-piece cooperative object tracking system that combines
with virtually any camera to track and film a moving subject from up to
2000 feet away. Simply mount a camera on the motorized base and slip the
remote armband on. Once you've completed the simple pairing process, the
SOLOSHOT remote and base units remain in radio communication allowing
the SOLOSHOT base to automatically rotate to keep your camera pointed at
"SOLOSHOT began as a surfer's dream," says Soloshot, Inc. Founder and
CEO, Chris Boyle. "Being able to set your camera up on the beach and
head out into the break knowing that every wave and wipeout will be
smoothly tracked and filmed is a great feeling."
Both the SOLOSHOT remote and base feature rechargeable batteries that
last more than five hours on a single charge and the waterproof remote
is designed to handle demanding ocean environments. Boyle and
Co-founder, Scott Taylor, both engineers, addressed security by
designing an access point to lock the camera to the base and the
included professional grade tripod can be locked to nearby fixed objects
such as a tree or life guard stand. Additionally, the base features a
bright feedback LED that lets you know the camera is pointing at you
while you're on the water or racing around the track.
"SOLOSHOT is a product with a ton of potential," says Proto Labs founder
and CTO Larry Lukis. "You can see its appeal to individual athletes but
I can imagine coaches using it as a training tool, parents putting it to
work at their child's soccer games, and even documentary filmmakers
getting creative with the technology."
Like many Cool Idea! Award winners, the SOLOSHOT team first encountered
Proto Labs when searching for a manufacturer that could provide
reasonably priced parts in a hurry. "When you're in the lab and excited
about your progress, you don't want to wait months for an injection
molded part to show up," says Alex Sammons, CTO of SOLOHSOT. "I don't
know of another company in the world that you can call and say, 'I need
injection molded or CNC-machined parts tomorrow.' Their
responsive customer service staff and shipping times are unmatched."
SOLOSHOT joins a growing list of cutting-edge products that have
received the Cool Idea! Award. Now in its second year, Cool
Idea! is an award program offered by Proto Labs that gives product
designers the opportunity to bring innovative products to life. In 2012, Proto
Labs expanded the program's reach to include the European Union, and
is now offering up to $250,000 of prototyping and short-run production
services. For more information, visit www.protolabs.com/coolidea.
About Proto Labs
Proto Labs (PRLB) is a leading online and
technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of low-volume CNC-machined
and injection molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run
production. The company provides "Real Parts, Really Fast" to product
developers worldwide and has two quick-turn services in North America,
Europe and Japan: Firstcut (www.firstcut.com)
CNC machining and Protomold (www.protomold.com)
injection molding. Both are capable of providing parts in as fast as one
business day. Product developers who use Proto Labs for prototypes and
short-run production can upload a 3D CAD file at any one of Proto Labs
online sites, get an interactive quotation and place an order for Proto
Labs services directly online. For more information, visit: www.protolabs.com.
About Soloshot, Inc.
Soloshot, Inc. was founded on a reef by
engineers with a desire to bring groundbreaking products to the world.
They are a hands-on company that is proud to design, test and
manufacture their own products, in-house, in the USA. SOLOSHOT recently
launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowd fund a new high volume
production line - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1590403900/soloshot-go-film-yourself-automatically.
For more information, visit: www.SOLOSHOT.com
Bill Dietrick, 763-479-7664
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