Contour, formerly known as VholdR, is the market leader in hands-free video cameras and adventure storytelling tools that enable modern day explorers to tell their stories of action, adventure and travel through video. Leading the way in making action video easy to shoot and share, Contour is dedicated to creating simple tools that enable hands-free capture and effortless sharing of video online with the world.
The vision for Contour began in 2003 out of the University of Washington business plan competition when two undergraduate students and avid skiers, Marc Barros and Jason Green, devised a simple helmet camera to record their exploits. The duo wanted to share video of the thrills and spills of their downhill skiing adventures with their friends and family, but they couldn't. The frozen mountaintop was a grueling and unforgiving environment for video camcorders. Besides, when you're zooming downhill, crashing through trees with ski poles in your hands, it's just not possible to hold a camera.
After winning third place in the competition and enough money to afford the rent on a chilly warehouse, the two friends began building and selling the Twenty20 Helmet Camera. Over the years Contour has introduced a series of innovations to make storytelling easier for outdoor enthusiasts.
Twenty20 Helmet Camera V1 - The first CMOS sensor helmet camera and the first to be powered by a 9-volt battery pack, capturing 16 hours of power (all competing cameras on the market required 4-8 AA batteries).
Twenty20 Helmet Camera V2 â€“ A brand new CMOS image sensor was introduced with a single wiring harness so users had one power button and one cable running from the lens to the camcorder.
VholdR â€“ The company introduced the first shoot and share wearable camcorder. The award-winning VholdR (2008 CES Innovations Award and 2008 Business Week IDEA Bronze Medal) introduced recording to a microSD memory card, an iconic single button to record, lasers for alignment, a click to share online experience, and an online international adventure sports community.
ContourHD â€“ The Company introduced the worlds first HD and 1080p hands-free video cameras in 2009. The ability to capture video in High Definition, record 8 hours of HD video on a single memory card, shoot video with a wide angle lens, and use software to share HD video, was again leading the market.
ContourGPS - Contour is again leading the hands-free camera market with the introduction of ContourGPS, the first hands-free video camera to incorporate real-time GPS data while shooting high-definition, 1080p video. To complement this new GPS camera, Contour is launching a unique location-based video community that allows users to share their stories, track adventures and discover new places.
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