This company just came out with a line of cameras that can be mounted on a helmet, handlebars of an atv, etc...might be a starting point.
Yep I was thinking the same thing for the helmet. I use a lot of fiberglass because it is light and strong.
It looks like the X-10 cams only come with a directional antenna so that will not work with-out modifying them. There are several other wireless camera systems but the trick will be finding one with good range and that does not suck. Iíve used a few different ones before and never found a good one. I thought of the X-10ís because I knew they had multi cam systems so you could be getting video from one stationary point in the haunt when you werenít using the mobile cam.
I have one of the old X-10 directional antenna systems, maybe Iíll gut it and see if I can get it to work with a omnidirectional antenna.
I think I have found a much better solution.
The Hero system does not give you very good specís on the camera, it says it only has a 3 megapixel CCD which most others are at least 6 to 7 meg now. They do not give any resolution sizes like standard TV= 640x480 pixels, etcÖ The camera and case looks like it might be a OEM of Vupoint or SVP which both have very bad reputations and Vupoint has a class action law suit against them for selling total crap.
Iíve received other inquires from haunters about making the helmet cam or Hell-met Cam as the case may be so I guess this is the first Monster-Tronics new product announcement for our 2008 line. Let me know what you think! Brett, since it was your idea, Iíll make you a sweet deal on one if you want it.
Hereís the Monster-Tronics Hell-met Camís specs so far:
Film the face of your patrons going through your haunt or the haunt itself for advertising uses. People love to watch other people get scared going through a haunted house!
* Use it for making live or recorded queue line entertainment.
* Add video to your advertising packets to send out to news papers, cable, TV and radio stations.
* Make money selling DVDís of patrons going thru your haunt. Burn a DVD in minutes from flash card.
Sleek helmet design with integrated color/night vision camera, wireless transmitter, and digital recorder.
Spin mount forward or backward looking camera.
2400 foot wireless range (line of sight)
35 foot night vision range.
Full motion on-board digital recorder.
On-board audio so you can hear them SCREAM!!!
Removable flashcard for full motion video.
Rechargeable Hell-met battery pack and charger.
Black/White picture in night vision mode or full color with white light.
Wireless receiver with standard NTSC video and audio jacks.
Removable LED white light for night color recording.
Custom helmet paint job Ė skull or flames etcÖ
You haunts logo or graphics on helmet
Wireless transmitter and receiver only, digital full motion video recorder only, or both on board.
Absolutely! I am definitely interested.
The other product that would sell very well in a related technology are photos from within scenes in the haunt that guests can purchase at the end of the haunt. The 'ride photo' type system.
Somebody had a video product like that or at least a concept product a few years back but I donít think it ever got off the ground.
Others have talked about doing a FRID tag system that would follow you thru the haunt but it would cost a lot and most of the FRID tags that Iíve looked at did not have very good range. I think the cost would be pretty high to do something good and might not be worth the time for the haunter.
Someone sells the still cam systems like they use on rollercoasters but I was shocked at the price of those too. Guess amusement parks have the cash to throw around unlike haunts. lol (he laughs with a tear running down his face)
I think this is a prop you should make and sell at the TW show.
I think people would love them, especially if you could record them onto some digital recorder or something so you could use it later in a promo video on your website.
Or better yet people can rent them you put in a flash card or whatever it gets strapped onto their head and they keep the flash card to take home.
That would be AWESOME!!!
You could charge like $250.00 for the experience.
People would pay it!
Thanks for your input. I donít know if anyone would pay big bucks for the experience or for a copy of the movie but I do think you could get $10 to $20 for a DVD that you could have your wait line person burn and take about two minís of their time at the cost of 20 cents to make. Still not a bad profit.
The people in the wait line would definitely have fun watching the video of someone they see picked out of the line and go through via a live camera feed as they scream their head off. I think it is a great idea & kudos to Brett.
Iíve tested all of the hardware and the wireless transmitter/receiver works much better then I ever expected. Itís super long range and crystal clear and not directional. I was thinking of putting in an on-board digital recorder option but with the wireless being so good it might be better if you record it off the wireless receiver???
Just waiting for the base helmet to arrive and will have the guys start sculpting the rest of the helmet form, so the thing should be done soon. Iím not having a booth at TW this year but I could bring it if anyone wants to see it. I could wear it to the bar and be safe in case I do a header after a margarita binge! Lol Hmm, that video would be fun to watch too!
I think customers would pay a lot more for it... I'm not saying to buy the equipment just for the experience of wearing it and getting a copy of their experience. You couldn't do it for $20.00 these days, because some haunts charge more than that just for a speed pass.
When you risk them breaking the equipment and the time you go through to do it you have to make it worth your time. I think you can have people book time with it on your website. Personally I'd rather have 100 people do it at say $200.00 than 1000 at $25.00 or something like that.
Either way keep in mind whenever you see these things on MTV or whatever you can see the persons face. Are you doing it so you see what they see or you see their face? Maybe you can make it both ways so the customers can choose.
Intersting gadget to say the least.
I agree, you want to get as much as the buyers will pay and that will differ by market.
For the entertainment value you may want to give freebies to the cute girls that scream a lot (in the haunt).
Iím mounting the camera on a swivel so you can change the position anyway you want. I tossed around the idea of having two cameras, one forward and one back with a screen splitter that would show both views but thought I was getting carried away, plus the haunt owner would not want to show the wait line the haunt view. The haunt view would just be used for marketing. The split view would make for a cool video...
Ya what are you gonna do when they start running smack into walls and knocking this stuff off and damaging the equipment. It isnt like you could make them pay for it. Your the one who is scaring them! You would have to charge more than the average haunt attender would pay. Maybe advertise it on your website and get some impulse buyers pay with a credit card. Charge what Larry suggests or your gonna take it up the ass dude!
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