"The sea is everything. It covers seven-tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides." - Jules Verne, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
The ocean is indeed teeming with life, and I, for one, never tire of watching documentaries and nature specials about it. Now, a Los Angeles-based company is giving you the chance to capture video of life under sea with your iPhone.
The FourPro is an underwater housing rig designed for the iPhone 4 and 4S by Mocean Armor. Built from marine-grade aluminum and stainless steel components, the FourPro seals in your smartphone and allows you to shoot video underwater at a depth of up to 100 feet.
The case features a physical button to start/stop recording, as well as a full-screen viewing port and a sun shade for the lens. The case is then mounted onto an aluminum crossbar outfitted with teak handles so you can steadily hold the rig with both hands. The FourPro also comes with a lease and lanyard to ensure you don't lose it.
The FourPro has been tested by Ken Corben, a cameraman for National Geographic who has also worked on the Discovery Channel's Shark Week and "The Deadliest Catch." Corben and his business partner John Harvey are currently raising funds for large-scale production through Kickstarter.
A pledge of $399 on their Kickstarter page gets you one of these puppies, as long as Corben and Harvey meet their fundraising goal of $20,000 by January 10. Otherwise, the suggested retail price for the FourPro is $699 and includes the housing, lanyard, Teak handles, and a carrying case.