Ecliptus Night Vision Integration with GoPro

July 7, 2016

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Inc., (ASU) announced connectivity of its Ecliptus with GoPro  cameras. ASU is among the first developers to participate in The GoPro’s Developer Program.

“The Ecliptus is the first product designed and developed by ASU that can be used in a variety of places by a number of different people,” said ASU Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joe Estrera.  “The Ecliptus fully integrates and compactly couples a GoPro camera with an intensified night vision equipped device without the necessity for large, optical relay lenses that are commonly used today. This opens the device up to any outdoor enthusiasts, weekend warriors, extreme sports athletes and other consumers that would like to record at night.”

The Ecliptus offers a 40-degree field of view, weighs less than one pound, is integrated with the GoPro HERO4 Silver and Black cameras and captures images at 12 megapixels with a burst mode at 30 frames per second.  It captures night vision images utilizing an AN/PVS-14 objective lens, records in ultra-high definition (4X HD), and stores these images using a 16 GB SD card.  Images and video can also be viewed in real time using WiFi-enabled smart devices. The camera modes can be controlled using the GoPro button controls and optionally from remote mobile devices.  The MSRP of the new Ecliptus is $5,499.

“The night vision capabilities enabled by ASU’s Ecliptus opens a new world for GoPro customers who’ve been craving this functionality from our cameras for their professional work,” said Adam Silver, director of strategic product partnerships at GoPro. “We are grateful for companies like ASU who are combining their expertise with the versatility of GoPro to fill a need in the greater GoPro ecosystem.”

Because of its size and functionality, the Ecliptus will also be popular with search and rescue crews, law enforcement, and other service oriented outfits.

“Search and rescue operations, law enforcement officers, firefighters, forest rangers and many other officials will be able to further their mission to serve and protect the citizens of their communities,” said Estrera.  “We have first-hand accounts of how night vision technology enabled people to be rescued from mountainous terrain, dense forests, and other remote locations.  The Ecliptus can be used to help them even more.”

ASU has sold more than 6,000 AVS-9 Night Vision Goggle Systems in more than 20 years of business. The Ecliptus is the first ASU manufactured product designed for retail use. The Ecliptus is currently available for ordering directly through ASU.

“Ecliptus leverages all of the capability of the GoPro HERO4,, combines it with proven Generation III image intensifier night vision technology, and empowers people, businesses and agencies to image, record and share their nighttime experiences in a cool, compact, and affordable way.  We are humbled to be among the first group of developers to have access to GoPro’s Developer Program Toolkits and to offer our users an incredible integration with GoPro products,” said Estrera.  

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