GoPro launches developer program; connects its cameras with third-party products and services

Last Updated: 15 April, 2016
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GoPro at its private press conference in San Francisco launched its new developer program publicly that has been underway quietly for more than a year, which aims to get its action camera hooked into third-part devices, services, and vehicles. At the same event, it showed off its several gadgets of various partnerships.

“The GoPro Developer Program is a way for us to celebrate the innovative work of our developer community and more importantly, help enable what comes next,” said GoPro co-founder and chief executive Nick Woodman.

“We’re grateful to benefit from the collective genius of the participating developers and we’re excited to now officially support their efforts with our developer toolkits.”

There is a software interface for Android and iOS apps for control of the camera, live view, and media management. Devices can physically interface with the GoPro via the HEROBus. Third-party gadgets can also wirelessly control the GoPro using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Finally, the program allows for solid mounts for various meatspace applications. Fisher-Price demonstrated baby friendly casings and mountings on a number of its products, including a baby walker. This implementation is sure to be popular with parents who want to capture special memories of their toddlers. Partnerships with BMW and Toyota also suggest more automotive applications in the future.

The Developer program is now open to all, and there is also an experimental version of Developer Program Labs that explore and test innovative concepts.