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Baby GoPro

We bought a GoPro video camera about a year ago. In case you don't know what a GoPro is, you probably do actually know. It's a small box that you can wear strapped to your head, or around your chest, or hold with a floaty handle if you're in the water (it has a waterproof case). I have also noticed GoPros being used to film parts of TV shows like The Amazing Race. You can see them strapped to canoes or sky-diving apparatus or other action-packed vantage points. It gives a different perspective and feel than a hand-held camera and while it is probably designed for adventure sports, we've found that it's fun to use with more mundane family activities, too.

Here's the first video we put together of a whole bunch of swimming last summer.

But yes, adventure sports is clearly the key market for GoPro. Here's a video Jeremy put together of a Wadi Adventure Race in Al Ain earlier this year.

Does anyone else have a GoPro? I would recommend getting one if you're considering it, even if you don't plan on using it for adventure purposes. It's a great camera to just strap on when you're out and about with the kids. And since it's virtually indestructible, we let the kids have turns filming, too. The only problem is that you end up with tons of footage - awesome footage, but tons of it - that you then have to sift through when it's time to compile watchable videos. Still, it sure is lots of fun!

And you can even let your baby eat it. This is 4-month-old Sterling having a go.

Jeopardy! Julia

June 6th, outsourced