Looxcie’s New Live-Streaming Video Cam Possibly Their Most Attractive Yet

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The big idea behind Looxcie’s video cameras is that they can live-stream video to a variety of audiences (including Facebook) by linking, via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, to an iPhone or Android phone running Looxcie’s free companion app.

But unlike the action-oriented $200, 1080p Looxcie HD, which is pretty expensive, or the lightweight Looxcie 2, which is only capable of 480p, the more social Looxcie 3 seems to have found a $100, 720p sweet spot. Plus it looks far less dorky when worn.

That’s because the Looxcie 3’s square housing is designed to attach to a pocket via Looxcie’s optional Rotating Social Clip. Yes, the $20 clip is optional — the camera doesn’t come with another means to easily attach it to anything besides a tripod.

But that seems like the only downside. The specs look pretty good, and there’re options — in this case, an options that aren’t more or less a necessity in order to use the camera as intended — that allow the Looxcie 3 to be used underwater, or attach it to a ball cap brim. Here’s a look at those specs:

HD recording up to 720p
Simultaneous video streaming & recording
Direct-to-Facebook live streaming
Weighs approximately 1.3 ounces
Battery life of up to 2 hours
Still image capture with a press of a button
Sleek, hands-free design with a wide range of mounting options
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
Low-light sensor for use in dim lighting
Unique Instant Clip button for creating “instant replays” of what just happened
Expandable microSD video storage up to 64GB

The Looxcie 3 is available now.

  • Falafelhead

    I want to love the Looxcie but their lack of support for major 3rd party streaming platforms has been (and still is) their major downfall.

    As the owner of a Looxcie 2 – “Simultaneous streaming and recording direct to Facebook” sounds great…but it’s implemented horribly. You have to bother your friends with a message to watch your stream. That user has to login to Facebook and accept the Looxcie Facebook app and then wait as the stream attempts to connect (works 1 out of 99 times)
    That’s right…no external embedding of a stream on your own site. No simple way to post to your profile and friends can just push play. No support for UStream or Justin.Tv – THIS would be the game changer Looxcie has somehow failed to accept after all these years.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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