Review: PogoCam Is a Discreet, Modular Alternative to Camera Glasses

If you want the always-accessible videocam capabilities of Snap Spectacles without looking like a spectacle yourself, there's the PogoCam ($99) from PogoTec. It connects magnetically to special PogoTec sunglasses, or almost any set of glasses using PogoTec's add-on attachments. Instead of a dedicated and obtrusive set of sunglasses, the PogoCam attaches to your own glasses, even prescription glasses. 

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I liked the modular design of the PogoCam for easy on and off and the subtle way it disappears. Plus you can take photos or videos from a first person point of view and you're not limited to the Snap app. The PogoCam has its own free companion app that syncs not with the PogoCam, but with the companion Smart Case, which the PogoCam plugs in to using USB-C.

My only concerns are that the PogoCam is almost too small and light as it could get lost and the attachment mechanism can be cumbersome unless you're using their special PogoTec sunglasses.

Pros

  • Modular design for easy on and off
  • Subtle and supports almost any pair of glasses
  • Take photos or videos from a first person point of view
  • Free pair of sunglasses
  • Smart case for charging and syncing

Cons

  • Almost too small and light
  • Attachment mechanism can be cumbersome

Final Verdict

If you want to take first person photos and videos, without looking like a spectacle, try the PogoCam from PogoTec. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.