Wednesday Oct 05 2016
A lot has happened this past month. The battery is the heart of any portable electronic device. Our battery pack is unusual as it doesn't require an external charger - the pack itself contains all the needed charging electronics, and the user just plugs it into any USB port. We've spent significant time iterating on our initial design to maximize run-time and minimize charger time. We received the final plastic parts of the final design made in the finalized material! As mentioned in a previous update, these parts are one-off custom made that take around 20 days to get made, delivered and arrive at our office. It turned out in a very light but super durable construction. Check out our photo below and let us know what you think!
So, we know everyone has heard about GoPro releasing their very own stabilizer. We just wanted to go over a few things and tell you why Slick is more advanced.
1) Waterproof. Slick is waterproof, whereas the Karma grip is not. If you want to record water sports such as wake boarding and kitesurfing, or surfing, skiing and snowboarding where you will be exposed to snow then Slick is the perfect gimbal for you!
2) Compatibility. Who has the GoPro 3 or 3+? Well, you won’t be able to use the new Karma stabilizer unless you have the 4 or pre order the GoPro 5 ($399.00). Slick is compatible with the GoPro 3, 3+, 4 and most likely the GoPro 5 depending on dimensions and weight.
3) Size. The GoPro Karma is extremely bulky. Who wants to wear their gimbal on their body? Slick can be mounted anywhere and everywhere. Our 2-second clip on makes life easy for you and gives you more time to focus on the action! No messy wires, and nothing bulky in your way.
4) Batteries. With the Karma, you have to charge up the gimbal via USB once connected to the handle grip. This means after the 1h and 45mn is over, you have to find somewhere to plug it back into charge back up to full power. There are no spare batteries to switch out. With Slick, our battery lasts up to 2 hours. You can pre order extra batteries (for as cheap as $29) and charge them all up at the same time (with regular micro-usb cable)! We offer a 2-second battery swap, this means endless riding throughout the day and not missing any moment.
The most amazing thing about this GoPro release is that you are definitely the heroes. At Slick, it’s been 3 years since we believed that action sport cameras needed to be upgraded to a groundbreaking new experience. And we have to admit, we totally understand your frustration. We are also amazed by the amount of work that goes in to release the best stabilizer ever.
Nonetheless, we had the vision to change the way action sport lovers capture their adventures and we are amazed by the amount of people who have the same vision as us. Moving forward, there are other big brands who have just started working on a similar device. But between you and I, theirs is not optimized for extreme sports! We still remain the most advanced, compact and waterproof gimbal out there!
You are one of the early adopters who had the genius to believe in our vision, we need you in our army more than ever to become the best stabilization company ever created!
We are so proud to have you be part of this crazy journey!
- Slick Team