LAS VEGAS -- Liquid Image specializes in masks and goggles for snow, water and offroad with HD cameras built into them. But at CES 2014 it announced a standalone action cam, the Ego LS, which promised the capability to live-stream video over Verizon's 4G LTE network -- a first for the category.
A year passed and the Ego LS never shipped, but it looks like that's about to change.
Liquid Image is at CES 2015 showing off the updated Ego LS that is now scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 2015 in the US, with international markets following in the second half of the year.
The Ego LS isn't the first action cam to live-stream video, but those that do rely on Wi-Fi to do it. The Ego LS has Wi-Fi and a 4G LTE sled adds mobile broadband. The sled features a dual-band chip made by Altair Semiconductor that supports Verizon's XLTE network. It was the need for this support that delayed the launch of the camera.
In fact, the camera itself remains pretty much the same. It can record in full HD at 30 frames per second and 720p HD at 60fps and snap 8-megapixel pictures continuously or in bursts.
Live streaming is done at WQVGA resolution at three different image qualities: 1.5, 0.75 or 0.5Mb. It can record for up to two hours on its own or for an hour while streaming and recording. Data usage is estimated at 250MB per hour when set to 0.75Mb.
The camera's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can also be used to connect to your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet so that you can control the camera as well as pull data from biometric devices, sensors and GPS to add as streaming metadata to the video.
You can keep track of its launch and read all the specs on Liquid Image's site. It's currently priced at $400 with the 4G LTE sled. No international pricing was announced, but it converts to £260 and AU$500.