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Updates Released for Contour Connect App and Storyteller Software to Enhance Action Video Experience

SEATTLE, WASH. – September 18, 2012 – Contour Inc., the company that makes it easy to capture and share the action with hands-free HD video cameras, apps and accessories, today hits select retail shelves with its new Contour+2.

Announced earlier this month, the Contour+2 is the most advanced, easy-to-use camera, that lets people shoot 1080p HD video; track speed, distance, and elevation; and makes it simple to share data-rich content across YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.

“Contour’s continued, innovative focus on the customer experience has helped align our camera’s attributes with core customers in select retail environments,” said Marc Barros, CEO of Contour. “We’ve reached a gratifying moment: we’re now connected to the world’s largest social networks and have products on the shelves at select, premium retailers. This is what we set out to do.”

To help bring the highly anticipated Contour+2 to market faster and to make all Contour products easier to buy around the world, the company teamed up with PCH International. Its PCH Accelerator program gives start-ups the same skills, resources and processes currently used by the world's leading brands to rapidly and efficiently develop hardware product concepts to commercial readiness.

More consumers can now capture and share action moments with Contour’s products, while experiencing the newly updated Contour Connect App and Storyteller Software, which include:

Contour Connect App Updates (iOS only)

  • Remote Control Feature: Users can turn their smartphone into a remote control by pairing the Contour+2 with their mobile device. Contour’s built-in Bluetooth technology allows users to start and stop recording from their phone while the camera is already mounted.
  • Improved Bluetooth Connection: Users will notice improved stability between their smartphone and the camera’s Bluetooth connection.
  • Adjust Camera Settings: App users can adjust HD video resolution, lighting and audio sensitivity on-the-go, wherever they are.

Contour Storyteller Software Updates

  • Easier Setup: First-time setup experience now includes camera registration, help with initial camera settings and automatic firmware check and update.
  • Improved GPS Data Visualization and Playback: Hide or show map insets and charts showing speed, elevation and distance during video playback.
  • Share Data with Friends: Users now have the option to share video with embedded data that shows location, speed, elevation and distance to the sites that matter to you – Contour.com, YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. For more details, check out: http://contour.com/software/storyteller

Contour’s Latest Camera Features a Waterproof, Versatile Design at an Affordable Price – Available Today to Record All Life’s Action

SEATTLE, Wash. – September 8, 2011 – Contour, Inc. (http://www.contour.com), a market leader in hands-free video cameras and social video tools, today announced ContourROAM, (http://contour.com/products/contour-roam) the easiest, most versatile video camera on the market. The company’s first waterproof camera also features a super wide-angle 170-degree rotating lens to let explorers record their adventures effortlessly. The new design includes an Instant On-Record Switch enabling users to instantly record so there’s no question whether the camera is on/recording or not.

“ContourROAM is all about capturing action video easily while having versatility of use across all sports and environments. We created this new hands-free video camera to take the guesswork out of whether the camera is recording or not and to capture and share video with the greatest of ease,” said Marc Barros, CEO of Contour. “ContourROAM is so lightweight and compact you don’t even notice it’s there. It goes wherever the action is, from action sports to team sports to weekend adventures. Just slide the record switch forward and go big.”

Contour’s latest camera couples its signature hands-free design and technical features with increased simplicity to deliver a fun and easy way to capture action video. Its new Instant On-Record power and record switch enables people to know that the camera is on and recording with a single push of a switch. Being waterproof with a built-in battery allows explorers of all kinds to focus their attention on what’s most important: the adventure.

How ContourROAM Delivers
The new action video camera lets people:

  • Easily Record On-the-Go: The Instant On-Record Switch powers the camera and starts recording with one touch, so there’s no question on whether it’s recording or not.
  • Withstand Any Environment: With a waterproof aluminum body, the camera records under up to one meter of water for 30 minutes and can sustain the most rugged conditions.
  • Capture it All in HD: The camera records crisp high-definition video with three resolutions (1080p, 960p, and 720p at 30fps each) and also has a 5-megapixel still photo mode. A wide-angle 170-degree lens captures the peripherals and backdrops to enhance the point of view experience.
  • Line up the Perfect Shot: The lens rotates up to 270 degrees and can project a horizontal Laser Line to make sure the shot is level, even when the camera is mounted on its side or upside down.
  • Capture Video Anywhere: Its compact, low-profile, hands-free design makes the 5.1 ounce camera easy to wear without getting in the way. ContourROAM features a new tripod screw mount and the Contour TRail™ mounting system, built-in to mount virtually anywhere.

Contour’s latest camera joins its line of award-winning action video cameras, including Contour+ and ContourGPS. The company creates a variety of solutions to fit every explorer’s needs, and makes capturing and sharing action video seamlessly with its comprehensive suite of mounts and accessories, free apps, software and online community.

More information on Contour is available at www.contour.com.

About Contour
Contour is a market leader in high-quality, easy-to-use action and social video tools. Producing simple, award-winning designed and intuitive adventure storytelling tools, Contour, is a fun and easy way to create shareable video stories of adventuresome lifestyles. Creating action video and location-based video to relive and replay personal tales of action, adventure and travel, sharing them with world is easy simply with a touch of a button. For more information about Contour please visit www.contour.com.

Contour’s Exclusive Bluetooth Technology and Enhanced Contour Connect App Lets Users Control Cameras from Wherever They Have their Android Phone

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Consumer Electronics Show) – Jan 10, 2012 – Contour (www.contour.com), a leader in making it easy to share epic moments with hands-free video, today announced a new remote control feature on the Contour Connect App allowing users to remotely stop and start recording on Android devices. Available in April, the Contour Connect App will give users the ability to start and stop recording with the press of a button, remotely from their smartphone – giving greater flexibility and creative control. With Contour’s exclusive Bluetooth technology, Contour Connect already turns a user’s smartphone into a wireless viewfinder, letting active people align shots and adjust settings in real-time.

“We just made hands-free a lot more hands-free. We’re continuing to innovate in ways to make it easier for people to capture and share highlights than any other video camera. Contour is a creation tool, and we’re always looking for ways to make it easier for people to capture and share epic moments,” said Marc Barros. “The new remote control works with our Contour+ and ContourGPS cameras, so you can mount the camera on the hood of your car and control video footage from your phone while sitting in the driver’s seat – this level of remote control is an example of our leadership in mobile connectivity.”

The Contour Connect App gives active people:

  • New Additional Flexibility: No need to have your Contour+ or ContourGPS cameras within arm’s reach to record. With this new feature, users can start and stop recording remotely with their Android smartphone!
  • Improved Streaming Capabilities: An HDMI cable connects the Contour+ camera to a TV for video streaming capabilities and can be controlled using the remote control functionality
  • Easy Alignment and Previews: A Bluetooth connection sends images between the camera and an Android smartphone, creating a live wireless viewfinder. Explorers can set up the perfect shot before recording, making crooked, misaligned footage a thing of the past
  • Real-Time Adjustments: The mobile App lets users change video mode, adjust the microphone volume and react to lighting conditions in the most remote locations
  • Camera’s Vitals on the Go: Read battery, memory and GPS signal status

For more information on Contour cameras, mounts and software, go to www.contour.com

The Contour Connect App will be available in April 2012in the Android Market.

About Contour

Contour designs award-winning, easy-to-use tools to help active people capture and share epic moments through video. With Contour’s hands-free cameras, accessories and apps, creating high-quality and sharable highlights is easy and starts with the touch of one button. For more information about Contour please visit www.contour.com.

Contour’s Efficient All-in-One Design and Unprecedented Capabilities Set the Bar for Hands-Free Cameras and Design

SEATTLE, Wash. – May 23, 2011 – Contour (www.contour.com), a market leader in hands-free video cameras, took home the 2011 red dot product design award for its revolutionary ContourGPS camera. The high-definition wearable camera’s compact, lightweight, and weather-resistant design and market-leading technology features took home top honors from the world’s most recognized design award. As a winner of the 2011 competition, ContourGPS will be displayed from July 5 – August 1 at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany – the largest exhibition of contemporary design worldwide.

“We know from our users and growing distribution that our wearable design has changed the way people shoot and share stories, and we’re honored that red dot has delivered its seal of approval as well,” said Marc Barros, Contour CEO. “We are all about the product, continually innovating to ensure that our technology is the best and our design the cleanest. Seems people agree.”

The red dot is the award for high design quality. Only products that clearly stand out from comparable products due to their outstanding design receive the sought after quality seal from the international jury. Designers and companies from 60 countries entered more than 4,400 products for the 2011 award, but only a select group took home the famous red dot seal of approval for superb design innovation. The ContourGPS was judged by a prestigious panel of design leaders in nine aspects, including innovation, functionality, ergonomics, and durability.

Delivering the best of function and form, the ContourGPS helps explorers:

  • Track Detailed Coordinates: A built-in GPS receiver automatically maps location, speed and elevation, and integrates with Contour’s storyteller software to give each shot a specific frame of reference
  • Customize the Shot in Rich HD: Record in beautiful 1080p and choose from three resolutions, four frame rates and still mode
  • Stay Connected Wirelessly: Built-in Bluetooth connects to a mobile phone, creating a wireless viewfinder to check and adjust the angle to capture the shot the first time
  • Sustain All Conditions: Armored with a water-resistant aluminum body, and two lasers for quick alignment, Contour’s signature one-button recording captures the perfect shot in any condition
  • Capture Rich Audio: A built-in multi-direction microphone records rich audio for a multisensory experience
  • Capture Every Shot: When expanded to 32 GB, the internal microSD card captures up to eight hours of HD

About Contour

Contour is a market leader in the hands-free video camera category. Producing simple, thoughtfully designed and intuitive adventure storytelling tools, Contour, enables modern day explorers to use video and location-based video to relive and replay their personal tales of action, adventure and travel, sharing them with world at the touch of a button. For more information about Contour please visit www.contour.com.

Contour Viewfinder App now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch

New Zealand, March 25, 2011 - Contour, the market leader in hands-free video cameras, has today released the ConnectView card and Viewfinder App for the ContourGPS.

ConnectView and the Viewfinder App allow iPhones and iPod Touches to act as live viewfinders, giving users the opportunity to see what their ContourGPS camera sees.

For the first time ever, New Zealanders will be able to remotely configure their ContourGPS camera settings in real time, giving them complete control over the footage they create.

The ConnectView card and Viewfinder App saves valuable time and effort for adventure sports enthusiasts allowing them the opportunity to configure the camera as they go.

The card is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation) and connects via Bluetooth once the card is inserted into the Contour GPS.

In order to use the new feature, ContourGPS video camera users must update the firmware on the camera and purchase the Contour ConnectView card (RRP $59.99) from New Zealand Retailers.

New Zealanders can then download the free Viewfinder App from the App Store or from iTunes.

“This changes the game in hands-free video,” said Contour CEO Marc Barros. “With this solution, we've overcome the limitation of a video camera lacking a wireless screen.

“Now when your camera is mounted you can actually look at a screen to line up your shot and change your settings in real time. Hands-free video just got a lot more hands-free.”

For complete instructions and additional information, please visit www.contour.com/mobile.

Contour Viewfinder App now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch

March 21sth, 2011 (Seattle, Wash.) – Contour, market leader in hands-free video cameras, today announced the availability of its ConnectView card and Viewfinder App for iPhone and iPod touch. The ContourGPS camera is a hands-free video camera designed to capture location and HD video.

The ConnectView card is inserted into the ContourGPS camera and connects it with iPhone or iPod touch over Bluetooth. Once the connection is established, the Viewfinder App enables iPhone or iPod touch to act as a live viewfinder.

The ConnectView card is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation).

“This changes the game in hands-free video,” states Contour CEO Marc Barros. “With this solution, we've overcome the limitation of a video camera lacking a wireless screen. Now when your camera is mounted you can actually look at a screen to line up your shot and change your settings in real time. Hands-free video just got a lot more hands-free.”

To use the new feature, ContourGPS video camera users must:

  • Update the firmware on their ContourGPS camera. Download the free Viewfinder App from the App Store.

The Contour Viewfinder App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com.

For complete instructions and additional information, visit http://contour.com/mobile.

The ContourGPS camera brings together three of the hottest trends: mobile, location and video. It goes beyond being just a camera—it’s an all-in-one platform that offers innovative software in conjunction with a vibrant online community. Customers can record, post, and share their video adventures while tracking their path, speed, and elevation on a map—all at the same time. A rugged video camera made specifically for the estimated 100 million outdoor enthusiasts around the world, ContourGPS makes it easy to capture video from within the action and share it online in seconds.

ContourGPS Garners Four Major CES Accolades

01.17.2011– (Seattle, Wash.) – Contour, a market leader in hands-free video cameras, was recently recognized with four major accolades during the recent 2011 International CES for its ContourGPS model, the first of its kind to offer hands-free high-definition video paired with real-time GPS capture. Recognition was received from several different publications and organizations including the CES Innovations competition, CNET.com, Stuff Magazine and Notebooks.com.

Recognized as groundbreaking for its ability to record in crystal clear 1080p high-definition while allowing users to track speed, elevation and location at the same time, Contour also introduced a hidden Bluetooth feature within the ContourGPS while at CES, which when used with a downloadable application allows a mobile device to be used as a live viewfinder. The application also allows users to adjust their camera’s settings in the field from their phone.

“A viewfinding feature is the single most requested innovation requested by users of hands-free video cameras everywhere,” states Marc Barros, Contour’s CEO. “By unlocking the hidden Bluetooth feature within the ContourGPS we’re able to provide a simple solution for anyone using the iOS or Android platform. The ability to adjust the camera’s settings is an added bonus and just the beginning of the potential that Bluetooth connectivity provides. We’re thrilled with the recognition the ContourGPS has received.”

The Awards:

CES Innovations – The ContourGPS was one of a small handful identified as an Honoree in the 9th edition of this prestigious competition which has become a hallmark for the best designed products in consumer technology. Innovations recognizes the most innovative consumer electronics (CE) products in the industry's hottest product categories. Recognized in the Digital Imaging category, the ContourGPS was featured in the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase throughout the 2011 International CES.

CNET (www.cnet.com) “Best of CES” – The ContourGPS was selected by CNET’s editorial staff as a one of forty finalists in the sixth annual “Best of CES” competition. The “Best of CES” Awards, which are produced and judged by CNET, recognize the hottest products at the 2011 CES, including a Best in Show and People's Voice award selected by the CNET online audience. The awards recognize the most innovative products that set the standard for all other products in the industry.

Stuff Magazine’s 2011 CES Hot Stuff Awards – As the official print media partner of CES, the Hot Stuff Awards consists of Stuff's editors' 10 favorite gadgets launched at the 2011 CES. The ContourGPS with Bluetooth Live Viewfinder was selected as on of the ten most desirable, most exciting and most innovative products from the show, with every chosen product exhibiting what they call 'gadget joy' — an elusive quality that makes a product thrilling to gadget fans around the world.

Notebooks.com’s “Best of CES 2011 Awards” – Among the premier news and reviews sites for mobile computing enthusiasts and shoppers, Notebooks.com recognized the ContourGPS its Best of CES 2011 in the Best Mobile Lifestyle Accessory category on the strength of its GPS and Bluetooth capabilities. Notebooks.com lauded the ContourGPS for its versatility when capturing your “life on the go”

Contour’s application is currently in the iOS approval process with final approval pending. The Android application is slated for an early spring release.

About CES

The 2011 International CES featured 2,500 global technology companies, each unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 major product categories including the latest in audio, automotive electronics, connected home technologies, digital imaging, electronic gaming, entertainment/content and more. For more information on the 2011 International CES, visit CESweb.org.

About CES Innovations

Since 1976, the prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards has given consumer technology manufacturers and developers an opportunity to have their newest products judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade press. It's the place to see, touch, feel and understand the future of consumer technology. Products chosen as the most impressive in each category are selected as honorees and can be seen at CES in the Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Showcase in the Grand Lobby. The 2011 Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by PCWorld, the authoritative leader in news, reviews and productivity insight on today's innovative technology.

About Stuff

Stuff is the world’s best-selling gadget magazine, with over 2m readers worldwide. It also distributes its entertaining mix of gadgets, gear and technology across various other platforms, including www.stuff.tv and iPad apps. Stuff is published by Haymarket Consumer Media, which is part of Haymarket Media Group, the world’s largest privately-owned magazine publisher.

ContourGPS to usher in new era of location-based video

September 13, 2010 (Seattle, Wash.) – Contour, a market leader in the hands-free video camera category, introduces ContourGPS, the first hands-free video camera to incorporate real-time GPS data while shooting high-definition, 1080p video. To complement this new GPS camera, Contour is launching a unique location-based video community that allows users to share their stories, track adventures and discover new places.

“We’re excited to introduce location as the next innovation in hands-free video cameras,” says Marc Barros, Contour’s CEO. “GPS adds an exciting new element to video storytelling. It allows you to map your own adventures and discover new places posted by other users. Our seamless camera-to-community experience is like combining The Flip, YouTube and Google maps together into one simple, easy to use product.”

By means of an integrated GPS receiver, ContourGPS captures location once per second with near pinpoint accuracy. The GPS data, along with crisp HD footage, can then be easily edited using the new Contour Storyteller application. Compatible with Mac or PC, Contour Storyteller also makes it easy to organize videos, configure the camera and post stories online.

With the introduction of ContourGPS, Contour.com becomes the world’s first location-based video community, bringing video and mapping together into a rich user experience. Already home to thousands of videos from around the world, Contour.com will soon become the only community where users can watch an epic run down any mountain while tracking progress, speed and elevation on a map.

“We call this new form of storytelling “Video Mapping”
states Barros.
“The inclusion of GPS brings a whole new level of context to any video, making location, speed, time, and conditions as important as what you recorded.”

A rugged camcorder for the estimated 100 million outdoor enthusiasts around the world, ContourGPS makes it easy to capture video from within the action and share it online in seconds.

January 26, 2011 (Seattle, Wash.) – Contour, a market leader in hands-free video cameras, today announces 2-year formal partnerships with legendary core ski production companies, Matchstick Productions and Poor Boyz Productions.

Both Matchstick and Poor Boyz have named Contour the “Official Hands-Free Camera” for their upcoming film productions. Contour will provide support for their film, global premier film tours, and collaborate on co-branded marketing using video and social media. Additionally, both partners will use the ContourGPS to film their athletes, creating exclusive footage that will live online at Contour.com.

The ContourGPS is the first hands-free video camera to incorporate real-time GPS data while shooting high-definition, 1080p video. Contour also recently introduced Bluetooth connectivity in the ContourGPS unit which when paired with a new mobile app enables your phone to become a live viewfinder. The app also allows the camera’s settings to be adjusted in the field and creates connectivity with audio, remote control and other mobile accessories.

By partnering with MSP and Poor Boyz, Contour continues to align itself with the most progressive and premium brands in the ski industry, providing rugged, high-quality, hands-free cameras to capture footage from the athletes perspective, placing the viewer squarely in the middle of the action.

“We make extensive use of POV footage in our films, and Contour was the obvious choice for our demanding filmers and athletes,” says Johnny DeCesare, Poor Boyz Director and Owner. “Their new GPS with Bluetooth is seriously next-level, and a great tool for us to continue capturing the progression of the sport.”
“We’re stoked to be working with Contour this year,” said Steve Winter, Director and founder of Matchstick Productions. “Their cameras are innovative and fit right in with our approach to making the best ski films in the world. They are small and streamline which allows for unique angles and help us bring the audience in the action.”
“Every year, MSP and Poor Boyz set the bar higher for high-end ski films, and I’m incredibly excited to be working with them this year,” states Dan Strickland, Contour’s Director of Partnerships. “POV footage is becoming a signature aspect of ski films, and I know we’ll be seeing even more amazing footage from them in the next few years.”

January 26, 2011 (Seattle, Wash.) – Contour, a market leader in the hands-free video camera category is excited to announce formal partnerships with legendary snowboard filmmakers Absinthe Films and Standard Films.

Both Standard and Absinthe have named ContourGPS the “Official POV Camera” for their upcoming film productions. Both partners will also be working with Contour to develop other film and broadcast opportunities in the future. Additionally, they’ll use the ContourGPS while filming with their athlete team, creating exclusive POV footage that will live online at Contour.com.

By partnering with Absinthe and Standard, Contour continues to align itself with the most progressive and premium brands in the industry, providing rugged, high-quality, hands-free HD cameras to help capture “point-of-view” footage from the athletes perspective. placing the viewer squarely in the middle of the action,

“Contour POV cameras are one of the most important pieces of the production of TB20 this season,” said Travis Robb, Standard’s award-winning Director. “I’m super stoked to be partnered with Contour; they share our passion for technical excellence and innovation in both picture quality and camera angle progression. This will be the year that Standard really begins to showcase what can be accomplished with these revolutionary cameras!”
“We’ve been unofficially working with Contour since 2009,” says Patrick Armbruster, one of Absinthe’s founding filmmakers. “So it just made sense to formalize the agreement. Their GPS camera, as well as the new Bluetooth application, is an amazing tool for our filmers, and we love the immediacy the footage brings to our productions. 2011 is going to be an incredible year.”
“'The Contour system is the video camera of the future, said Justin Hostynek, another founder and Director at Absinthe. “The ideas that Contour are bringing to fruition are truly Sci-Fi.'
“Standard and Absinthe are justifiably considered among the best in the business of snowboard filmmaking,” says Dan Strickland, Contour’s Director of Partnerships. “I’ve been a fan for years, and couldn’t be more stoked to see how they use our products to further their creativity. It’s a sweet endorsement of our technology and platform.”

Contour Introduces First GPS Video Camera for Tactical and Hunt/Fish Markets, Picatinny (gun mount) and Headband Mount Debut at Shot Show (Seattle, Washington.) – Contour, a market leader in hands-free video cameras, is announcing its entry into the Sportsman market with the debut of a Picatinny and headband mount. Compatible with Contour’s award-winning ContourHD and ContourGPS cameras, these new mounts make Contour the ideal camera for military, tactical, Airsoft, hunting, fishing and hiking.

“A headband and Picatinny rail mount have been among the most requested accessories,”
states Contour’s CEO Marc Barros
“These new mounts bring Contour cameras to the millions of enthusiasts who hunt, fish, paintball, climb or hike. It’s light and durable, and its world class video quality is like taking a professional film crew with you wherever you go.”

Already the first hands-free video camera to capture speed and location in real-time, Contour also recently unveiled a built-in Bluetooth chip in its ContourGPS model and a mobile app that together enable your phone to become a live viewfinder. Now you can see what your camera sees while configuring your settings, all from the most remote locations. Applications are currently being developed for the Android and iphone platforms.

The Picatinny mount and headband mounts available in February.