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We’ve come a long way since our first development meetings, sketches, models and proof of concept prototypes. We began with the idea of a neck wearable camera that could capture both videos and photos allowing to share the footage instantly, and expanded rapidly from there.
Our goal was to create a solution that would excel in not only hardware and software, but also push the envelope on style and product design. We searched for and selected the best partners, designers and production specialists. In order to realize our idea and concept, we work with our own ODM with whom we have previously produced and manufactured our own original products.
Over the past year we have assembled a top notch global team of electronics components suppliers and manufacturers. In addition, we personally scouted, visited and established direct relations with cover plate designers and production facilities for ParaShoot’s different look and custom skins. We experimented with different shapes, sizes, and materials to perfect the application of skins on the ParaShoot.
Along the way, we ran into technical issues related to the shape of the ParaShoot. Due to the 48x30x11mm shape limitations of the original design, we were forced to split the PCB in half into a dual layer. The shape prevented from using our preferred chipset solutions (which required a single layer PCB).
Initial dual layer PCB board prototype model
We continued solving the myriad of complex software and hardware issues. The expanded horizontal width of the ParaShoot allowed us to employ advanced video processing chipset. Internally on the hardware, we upgraded to the premier video processing chipset to solidify ParaShoot's fast speed and HD wireless processing times.
ParaShoot single eight layer proprietary PCB board design
We could now utilize a single eight layer board to house all the necessary modules. We kept the width of the enclosure very close to the original measurement, while actually reducing the height of the unit. We tested the units with increased battery sizes from 600 to 700mAh. Then we tested them again using the additional space to improve the field of view from the initial 65 degrees to an awesome 100 degree wide angle view.
ParaShoot utilizes the highest quality video processing chipset
Our electronics ODM puts into action our electronics board fitted for the optimum ParaShoot 2.1 performance. The features we are deploying in our ParaShoot software are currently not available in any similar product. The groove at the base of the ParaShoot enclosure allows for various clips/mounts for multiple uses.
As per feedback we received, we wanted to allow ParaShoot users to have the option to not only wear it around the neck but to also use it in many places and situations.
In choosing to advance the shape, upgrading to a premier video processing solution, and adding multiple use capabilities, our goal was to attract software developers to see the potential of ParaShoot for various applications. Video filtering, visual recognition, broadcasting - these are just some of the examples of applications enabled by the hardware improvements.
We think we nailed it and are proud to share ParaShoot with you.
We are comprised of industrial, electrical and computer engineers, as well as consumer product specialists and production managers, located in the USA, Asia, and Europe.
Over the years our team has worked for Philips Electronics, IBM, AMD, Spansion, ASML, and CraneCo. We have a passion for fun, innovative electronics and consumer products, and an expertise in wireless systems and technologies.
We developed the ParaShoot because it is something we'd love to use ourselves.
Matt Sandy is the creator of the ParaShoot. Matt brings a wealth of experience building new tech companies and bringing to market innovative products. He has been recognized previously for a number of unique inventions he has spearheaded.
Colin Glaum is a consumer products expert, having been director of OgilvyAction and other leading firms (Rapp Collings, Young & Rubicam). He ensures that the ParaShoot will meet and exceed expectations.
Tim Goldburt is a technology veteran. He is a pioneer/inventor with over thirty years experience in display technologies and over fifty patents. His background includes Thomas J. Watson IBM R&D Center, Philips Electronics, and R&D ventures commercializing novel developments.
We have now lined up all the necessary manufacturing partners and suppliers in order to fulfill the demand for ParaShoot. All mold work is complete for both the ParaShoot and its set of mounts/clips. In this phase of the project, we were able to show the manufacturers and suppliers that there is demand for the product and therefore we were able to get the costs that still keep the price at its lowest.
Upon completion of this campaign, we will proceed to manufacturing the ParaShoot 2.1. Our partners are overseas where we will be located on hand to oversee all the manufacturing steps. We have already completed the prototype stage, and therefore will be able to shorten the manufacturing cycle and deliver the units in the shortest possible time according to the schedule.
There are additional minor tasks such as packaging design, logistics, quality control sub-contracting, and detailed user manual creation which will be run in parallel with the first manufacturing batch.
The plan will additionally accommodate improvements of specifications and feature sets prior to manufacturing in order to enhance the final product. All photos and images here are of our working prototype and not the final product photos, subject to release upon completion of the manufacturing.
We plan to share photos and videos of the production process. We’re excited to take this step together with you.
Safe Use and Legality
We encourage you to use your ParaShoot safely and securely. You are always responsible for what you shoot, so please observe video and photography policies as applicable in daily and commercial use. Do not violate any bans, and do not infringe on anyone's privacy or integrity. Apply care and caution to your parashooting. If you are asked to stop the use of your ParaShoot, please do so.
Risks and challenges
The manufacturing involved in the ParaShoot project is complex and spans a number of suppliers and objectives. We are confident we will deliver according to schedule to backers, which is our number one priority. In the past we have constantly met or exceeded our development and production timelines.
Our job is development, production and manufacturing. We know the nature of the challenges we may encounter and how to overcome them. We do not take pledges lightly, as each pledge will come from people who believe in this project and our ability to execute. We will maintain excellent communication with backers, post updates on the project, and respond to all questions in a timely manner. We are looking forward to producing an incredible product with great features.