We require a suite of inexpensive, geospatially-aware, video cameras that could run OpenSensorHub (OSH) onboard and store and/or stream in real time, video and navigation data (i.e. location and orientation). The OSH team thus developed the GeoCam based on Raspberry Pi (RPi) using the RPi HD video camera, an Adafruit GPS (with or without antenna), and an Adafruit orientation sensor. (Build your own GeoCams following the recipe here).
With the tripod mounting adapter attached, one can use GoPro or Garmin VIRB accessories to use these GeoCams as “drop cams”, “sticky cams”, “body cams”, etc. Such cost-effective and geospatially-aware video cameras have been created using Raspberry Pi (RPi) along with and camera modules as well as commercial off-the-shelf location and orientation sensors. Addition of compact power banks allow these camera units to be easily deployed in any setting and operate for extended periods of time (18 hours for the battery shown). Each unit can be built for under $200.
The GeoCam runs OSH directly onboard the RPi and can either store measurements (video, GPS location, and geoOrientation) onboard and/or push these observations via WiFi to a local OSH field node. Below are screen shots of a GeoCam being used in a field campaign showing GeoCam HD video in the window and location and orientation as an icon on the map.