I’m outdoors a lot and I post images and video of my adventures to social media all the time. But one of the biggest problems I have is if it’s anything more than a snapshot on my iPhone, or a video on my GoPro I can pull over to my phone via WiFi, I have to wait till I get home to edit on my laptop, slowing down the time it takes from getting the shot to sharing it with my followers.
I don’t want to carry my laptop with me on long hikes, and GNARBOX hopes to change that by cramming the power of a laptop into a portable, rugged device that can fit in your pocket allowing you to review and edit your content right on your phone without relying on your phone’s storage or processing power.
Users directly plug in a SD/Micro SD card or a USB connected camera to transfer content to an internal 128 GB of Flash Memory which also acts as a backup for your media. Users then connect to the GNARBOX Hotspot and manage their media with an iOS/Android app. This is similar to the GoPro app but the highlighted difference is your content now lives on the GNARBOX and not your GoPro, allowing you to take advantage of the GNARBOX’s quad-core processor which the company totes can handle 4K footage in real time.
The makers of GNARBOX also say this is the only pocket-size device to automatically organize media and employ advanced compression techniques to make accessing and controlling content simple. The app promises to offer a host of features as well, including basic editing and preset filters including pro-style color correction.
Once content has been edited, GNARBOX can upload to major social networks using WiFi on a phone’s 3G/4G signal. But it’s unclear if those exports will include the ability to upload 4K to YouTube and how compressed they actually will be and using your cellphone’s data to do all that can be a lot depending on your cell phone plan.
With that said, GNARBOX has received positive accolades from early beta testers and brand ambassadors, including professional snowboarder and all-around rad dude, Travis Rice who has worked with GoPro as well on the new Hero 4 Session. Rice is now in charge of GNARBOX’s brand ambassadors.
The team behind the GNARBOX released a Kickstarter and have already surpassed their $100,000 funding goal offering the GNARBOX for $149 (MSRP $249). As with any Kickstarter there is risk, but I know personally I am going to want to test one of these bad boys when I have the chance. Bye bye laptop.