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Taser Axon Flex  (Source: Taser)
Taser worked with Looxcie to design and build the camera

Taser has been around for a long time with its “non-lethal” stun guns that are used by civilians and police officers to immobilize attackers without having to use lethal force. The company has now announced a video camera called the Axon Flex. It is designed to be worn on Oakley Flak Jacket sunglasses. The camera records video to use as evidence in the event of an encounter.
 
The camera system was developed in cooperation with Looxcie, a company who has made point-of-view video cameras for a long time. The camera is able to stream video via Bluetooth to a smartphone using apps that are available for Android or iOS devices. That capability allows officers to review video right on a smartphone at the scene of an incident. The video can also be uploaded to evidence.com allowing police departments to create digital evidence systems.
 
The camera also has other mounting options for officers not wearing sunglasses. Each of the cameras will sell for $700 base price with accessories adding to the cost. Extending control module has a 12 hour battery and a buffer that records 30 seconds prior to the camera being activated. The camera system is ruggedized and weather resistant with the design optimized for capturing detail in low light.
 
Fort Worth (TX) Police Chief Jeff Halstead said, "On-officer video systems like the AXON Flex give us an opportunity to showcase and support the jobs our officers are doing in the field. Having a complete video record of these incidents will provide a higher level of protection for both our officers and the public."
 
MSNBC reports that the Taser uses Amazon.com's cloud storage service for the video storage system. The videos can be tagged and labeled for record-keeping and the videos are editable to protected entities of some people captured on video. That feature is useful for blocking out undercover officers and other people such as minors. Video storage system will be charged on a sliding scale that varies with the amount of data stored in the level customer support.

Sources: Taser, MSNBC





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