On a recent ski trip with some friends to Park City, UT, it was quite clear I wasn't going to impress anyone with my downhill prowess, so I chose to make my mark on the weekend another way—with a really cool piece of gear. And thanks to pair of Liquid Image Apex HD + Wi-Fi goggles, nobody remembers my bumbling ways on mountain.
Action cameras are hardly new (in fact, there were dozens featured at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas), but Liquid Image separates itself from the competition by seamlessly embedding the camera into a necessary piece of equipment instead of an extraneous device. Since the tiny camera is placed in the front of a fine pair of goggles, you don't have to be that dork on the mountain with a camera sticking out of his helmet. (Full disclosure, I have been that dork on my bike).
Strap on a pair of Apex HD's and you have a fully functioning 1080p video camera that can also take 12 megapixel still photos while you streak down a run. The two-button controls are hidden in the straps and are easy to navigate, even with the heaviest of ski gloves. And the resulting video is sharp and surprisingly smooth (even when your skiing is not). But the coolest of all? The Apex syncs to your phone via an intra-Wi-Fi network (no Internet connection necessary) so you can review your run while heading back up the mountain on the lift. The only real drawback with a camera so small and stealthy is that it's easy to forget you're wearing one at all, and you may wind up videotaping your friends without realizing it. By the way, if any of you guys are reading this, I've still got the footage. See, even if I had to resort to (gently) blackmailing, I knew I'd leave my mark on the weekend.
Liquid Image Apex HD + WIFI, $400; liquidimageco.com
—Greg Emmanuel (@gemmanuel), articles editor at Details