My name is Bryan Wong, and I’m a recent graduate from Pratt Institute’s Industrial Design program. After my graduation, I wanted to design an action camera that is rugged and portable. Although most people uses their smart devices as a point-and-shoot camera, the quality is not as good as a mirrorless camera. The other option is to use a GoPro; however, it’s currently focusing on taking videos for extreme sports but not pictures in an everyday setting.
Although GoPro is the most popular POV camera in the market, it is dependent on the case for any waterproof operations. The design language is heavily branded and I didn’t want to change it. Instead, I envision that GoPro would create a new product line that is less discrete, but drastically improve its image quality. My proposed solution is a new product line of GoPro that focuses its image quality and user interaction. It is waterproof without the case, and can be easily maintained by the user.
Over the course of 2 months, I focused on designing it to be easily manufactured, as well as maintaining it by either the user or repair center. By increasing the length of the body, it allows higher quality lens and image quality. The dial interaction was to reintroduce the tactile response with the wheel, a universally understood control mechanism. It also saves battery and setup time for the user. Without relying on the case, it is splash proof and ready to be used out of the box. The dial end serves as a cover for the battery port, which also makes it water tight without adding complexity. The Voyager was designed to have a replaceable lens shield to protect the actual lens of the GoPro, as well as changing the filter base on the user’s preference. The case includes a guard to reinforce the ruggedness design language, as well as allowing the user to focus on the selected mode of the GoPro. With the modular mount option, the user can easily change the mount depending on their needs.
This project started before the new GoPro Session was announced, and I was surprised with the similarities and my predictions of the next GoPro — the use of replaceable lens cover and waterproof. Despite the similarities, the Session suffers lower video quality in order to reduce in size. By doing so, it lost a lot of important aspects for an action camera for extreme sports.