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Shonin isn’t just a wearable, it’s a body cam for civilians

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Because live-streaming with your smartphone isn’t always practical

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A new palm-sized body cam called Shonin has launched on Kickstarter, positioning itself as a security device (as opposed to other wearable cameras like FrontRow meant for capturing “experiences”).

The camera, which can be attached either by a clip or magnetic backing, begins recording with a tap to the body, and uses either cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity to instantly allow you to share video to destinations like Facebook Live or YouTube. It also securely stores videos on the Shonin cloud, lets you view videos on your phone via the Shonin app, and perform simple edits. If no connectivity is available, the camera can also store encrypted captured footage to its internal 8GB SD card. The camera is also IP67 waterproof, is GPS enabled, and has a single charge that delivers 2.5 hours of battery life, which can be doubled with an additional magnetic battery.

Shonin camera Image: Shonin

The team behind Shonin says the camera is designed to capture “your side of the story,” citing possible uses like documenting road rage, abuses of power, events and protests, threats, and assault. Shonin also notes several everyday situations where it could be used, like walking alone at night, where the visible design of the camera itself might act as a deterrent.

Shonin has currently raised $120,440, a number well beyond its initial goal of $30,000 and enough to unlock the additional feature of a time-lapse mode. If $150,000 is raised, the company promises to also add image stabilization. Early-bird pledging tiers have closed, but currently, a Shonin Wi-Fi camera is promised with a pledge of $169, with the Wi-Fi and cellular version going for $199. Delivery is promised in February 2018.