Sports and Recreation Gadgets – TVNZ Breakfast

It’s the perfect time of the year to get out in the open air for a bit of sport and recreation.

And with technology becoming smaller and smarter, there are now a range of gadgets available to enhance the experience.

Breakfast’s “inspector gadget”, John Buckley, has been testing them out.


Spot Satellite Messenger from Orb Communications

The SPOT Satellite Messenger is a handheld personal safety communications device.   SPOT combines GPS and satellite technology enabling users to stay in contact directly with friends and family and emergency responders from virtually anywhere around the globe – even the most remote places – independent of mobile phone coverage.

Recommended Retail Price: NZ$349 plus a US$115 annual satellite subscription service to GlobalStar Available from: Orb Communications Stores (42 nationwide)

Product Website:, SPOT LLC ( Rating 5 out of 5

Sports Video Cameras Oregon Scientific ATC3K Waterproof Action Cam

This lightweight, hands-free digital video cam delivers full colour digital video in 640 x 480 VGA at 30 frames per second – even underwater.   Snow, rain or a dunk in a kayak?

No worries – the ATC3K is waterproof to 10 feet.   PC and MAC compatible, video is stored on an SD card which is expandable up to 4GB.

Recommended retail price:  The ATC3K is $289.99.  The next version up (the ATC5K), which has an onboard LCD screen and a remote control, retails for $389.99.

Available from: Noel Leeming, Bond & Bond & Nature Discoveries stores.

On the web:

Rating 4 out of 5

eWitness Head Cam

The eWitness head cam system is a high quality personal video recording unit comprising a camera and a digital video recorder. Originally designed for use by law enforcement personnel, the device is now being used by a range of sports professionals.   Its remarkable point-of-view video enables coaches (netball or soccer for example) to get a players eye view of training sessions.   Our test unit recorded 720 x 480 AVI footage at 30fps onto a 4gb mini SD card.

Recommended Retail Price: $2,000 Available directly from:

Rating 4 out of 5

All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability.