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CES 2018: Kickstarter launch for Linkflow FITT360 hands-free wearable 4K 360 camera for lifelogging and first person 360 videos

Linkflow FITT360 is a wearable 360 camera for hands-free lifelogging
Linkflow FITT360 is a wearable 360 camera for hands-free lifelogging

Linkflow FITT360 is the world’s first wearable 360 camera and it just launched on Kickstarter!  It will eventually retail for $700 but for the first 48 hours, you can back the project for $370.  I tried it at CES and I’m very excited about it!  Here are the details on FITT360, including sample videos!

Updated: January 8, 2018
Originally posted: December 9, 2017

Have you ever wanted to shoot 360 video hands-free, or perhaps from a first person perspective?  In April 2016, Samsung announced the AME wearable 360 camera concept.  A Samsung-funded company by the same team that created the AME is now turning that concept into reality.  Linkflow is going to manufacture the FITT360, and I was able to try it at CES 2018.  Here are the details!

Fitt360 is a neck-worn 360 camera with three 360 cameras that can capture 4K stabilized 360 video hands-free from a first person perspective.  Here is a video of the concept:

Here is another video of the concept

Here are the specifications of the FITT360:

LensesThree lenses
ApertureNot specified
SensorsThree 1080p sensors
Field of view360 horizontal
vertifcal FOV not specified
Video resolution4K
WaterproofIPX6 rating
MemoryRemovable Micro SD
Battery90 mins recording time

The FITT360 has several features:
– It can connect wmith a smartphone to provide a live preview
– realtime in-camera stitching
– It has live streaming (unknown resolution)
– Built-in GPS to create a GPS timeline on a map.

Here is a sample 360 video from the FITT360:

I saw FITT360 at CES 2018, where I met CEO Kevin Kim and got to try out the FITT360.  It looks like it really works. Yes there are blind spots on the zenith and nadir but nothing can prevent that unless your body and head are transparent. 🙂

Linkflow FITT360 field of view
Linkflow FITT360 field of view

The video quality is not as great as some of the more recent 360 cameras but in my opinion, the FITT360’s hands-free operation and first person view make it worth getting in spite of the image quality.

FITT360 will eventually retail for $700 but it just launched on Kickstarter and for the first 48 hours, you can back it for $370! The target ship date is October 2018.  Note: Some kits include a charging cradle, which costs extra.

LinkFlow FITT360 charging cradle
LinkFlow FITT360 charging cradle

Please note that crowdfunding is not like ordering a product or even preordering. There are often delays, and in the worst case scenario, the project may fail completely without a refund. But FWIW, this project looks very real and it seems that they are very well funded, with backing from Samsung and Lotte (a Korean conglomerate), so I think it is a credible project.

In addition to the FITT360, Linkflow is also producing a security-oriented version called FITT360 Security with a similar design but with four cameras, for use as a 360 bodycam.

Linkflow FITT360 Security wearable 360 camera bodycam
Linkflow FITT360 Security wearable 360 camera bodycam

Here is a video:

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  • With proper stabilization and live stitching/streaming functionality, something like this could open up a lot of possibilities for tele-prescene and “life streaming” scenarios.

  • The Orbi Prime from a year ago is designed along the same lines except it’s built into glasses. It was on Indiegogo a year ago – now offered at a discount but it’s not clear if they’ve delivered any units yet… And the discount on their website is not found on the Indiegogo page.

    The problem with head worn gear is that the viewer experiences every movement (left right, up, down) that the wearer makes, which can be quite uncomfortable.

    Also, at least the back cameras are likely to get very easily obstructed by hair first or by anything worn on one’s head – whether it’s a helmet or a hat… A large backpack may also obstruct the back cameras’ view.

    The Orbi Prime was described here when it was first announced:

    However, there is a more in-depth look at the claims made on the page below – suggesting that things might not be as they are made to appear on their PR clips…

    • Just to be clear that I am aware the Linkflow does not have cameras in the back like the Orbi Prime has. Therefore, my comments are mainly directed at the Orbi Prime when discussing the back cameras but it still remains that having any wide field lenses next to one’s head is bound to record much that is next to one’s body or extending from it. It remains to be seen how much this may be distracting or whether it can be edited out. I look forward to see actual clips taken with those devices.

  • I like the concept too. BUT now we have still not an easy workflow for 360 video and I am thinking that any newcomer would face way too mmany difficulties & problems compared to those with an already established product (and those still are problematic)
    I am surprised what Rylo did though, it seems to contradict my previous statement.