Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Engadget release info on Nerf Elite Cam ECS-12!

Engadget release info on new Nerf Elite Cam ECS-12 !

Woke up this morning to a message from Alan John May and Carl Johnny (cheers fellas!)

We have all been expecting a brother-blaster to the Elite Rapidstrike blaster, but not quite like this. (What made me chuckle was the file name for the blaster image above "TMO_0001N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam blaster - UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 1.28_inline")

So what info do we know? The lowdown is below:
  • It's in prototype mode
  • Blaster is headlining Fall 2014 
  • It will cost $75
  • It's Semi-Auto (uhm what?)
  • It packs an internal 1.77 inch screen battle cam. 
  • 0.3 megapixel cam, 20fps = low resolution
  • Can toggle between Record, Picture modes
  • Playback and Delete options
  • Comes with 4gb SD card which is pretty neat
  • 90ft range
  • Will come with a Clear Clip CS-12 on retail
  • Powered by x4 AA batteries = 3  hours recording time
  • Jams are cleared via large jam door
  • 2 tac rails

This is a small excerp from Engadgets review:
"We can't claim that the time we spent with the ECS-12 was hiccup free. The camera failed to record some of our clips and at one point the trigger simply stopped working all together. The camera's firmware also had a tendency to crash every so often, which required you to remove the batteries to reset it. And since the eight AAs are behind two separate doors (one bay for the motor, the other for the camera) sealed with a Phillips head screw, it took quite some time to get the cam restarted each time we hit a glitch. But, let's remember that this is still an early prototype. Hasbro doesn't expect the NERF Cam Blaster to be retail-ready until the fallEngadget


I can't help think that Hasbro had an awesome chance to capitalise on the Tek Recon AR system, but it looks clunky and limited function for gamers? PERHAPS it has a use for HvZ when players call a hit and it's dismissed? But with the screen it comes with - cmon, this is 2014 NOT 2001. Regular mobile phones have a much better camera! Perhaps if they upgrade to a 5mpx cam we can have some kind of 720 HD videos and better fps.

Right now, in it's present prototype form, i'm not feeling it. In fact if they keep it as it is, I would 100% rip it out and put in an Aliens Counter mod. Pic spam below






















It does look kinda Mass Effect-esque but value for money is more a Rapidstrike rocking a GoPro? Have you seen the mount from Dorm Labs for $8.99?



SO - who's excited? I'm finding it hard to feel something. Let us know!

34 comments:

  1. Bizarre and ugly as sin. The integrated stock isn't terrible looking, but everything else is. The screen is so small, it's just not practical. Why not give us a holographic reflex sight instead? I like seeing new stuff, Hasbro, but this one needs work.

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  2. Hmm... This seem pretty interesting, I may have to look into it, Like the futuristic design... sucks it's not automatic...

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  3. I don't mind the esthetics. I actually like it more every time I look at it, but $75 for a p.o.s. built-in camera makes this unreasonable. Nerf just needs to do more modular stuff- expand the amount of attachments, and sell them separately. Even if you have to get them from a webstore. Maybe a partnership with amazon?

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  4. N-strike handle?

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  5. I do see one light at the end of the tunnel for this. If the camera is able to pick up IR, with the addition of some IR lEDs we would have the first integrated night vision blaster. This would be a huge boon for HvZ games and an added cool factor. There might also be room for camera upgrades if the parts can be sourced. Outside of those two options I see this being a painfully expensive gimmick. The issue I am seeing with Hasbro is they are trying to parse cool with cost. While I understand that one can't have their cake and eat it too, Scaling things back to just having a smoother active nightvision vs having a record function, would be cooler than trying to trying to add more function at the cost of effectiveness. Just my two cents.

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  6. Drev McAwesome28 January 2014 18:58

    I actually think that it looks pretty cool. Considering the Demolisher is also a big Stryfe that is semi-auto, it makes me wish that Hasbro made this full-auto. It seems way to expensive for something with a camera so bad. I mean the camera is a cool idea and all, but for that price I would think that the camera could be much nicer. These days 0.3 megapixels is horrible and the video looks like it might not even be 240p. If they make the camera better, I could see this being a more viable blaster to purchase.

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  7. I'm not into this, I'd rather get the Demolisher, and the Mega Javelin (which may be a Light Machine Gun, or a Rocket Launcher)

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  8. Javelin was the prototype name for the centurion

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  9. I like the looks of it but 75 bucks for a basically a glorified Stryfe with a POS camera built into it? Please. Give me back CPS Super Soakers and air powered blasters and I'll be happy.

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  10. Bro, it's not even an ECS system. I expected it to shoot like a Pede hence the ECS, and also they say they're tryna make it like the RS but then it's semi-auto only. Two things that gripe me... BUT it is just a prototype so maybe they'll make the changes...

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  11. Isn't this the purpose of the app and cradle

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  12. Anders Johansson29 January 2014 04:03

    That handle looks uncomfortable..

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  13. Why are the stripes grey in the first picture

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  14. This seems like the deploy of n strike elite

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  15. Aww, what? Oh well. That Light Machine Gun rumor still exists, it's right next to the Ranger One rumor.

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  16. The demolisher is intende to have full auto and it's prototype was semi

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  17. I'd like to see someone make an auger out of this

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  18. I would have loved it so much if it came with a holo or reflex sight! Glad this is in prototype mode right now. Can't see myself buying it at all in it's current state.

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  19. I agree man, I will much rather rip it out and put in an Aliens Counter!

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  20. You hit the nail on the head - when will we finally see these new accessories!

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  21. It's an over priced Stryfe right now you're right man. Wait and see huh for the final retail version

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  22. Drev what mods would you hit up on this? The Aliens Counter has to be in there somewhere!

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  23. Still every chance that we might see the Javelin as something else. Hasbro have a habit of recycling their old prototype names! I'm hoping for a Mega RPG :D

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  24. Drev McAwesome30 January 2014 00:32

    I could see my self including the ammo counter. It is really expensive, but really awesome. I also would put more powerful batteries in it and find a way to add a better camera. It would be hard the install a different camera but to be honest, it desperately needs one.

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  25. To be fair, it IS in prototype stage, so they may well upgrade the camera. For their sake I hope they do!

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  26. How do you mean? For big or small players?

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  27. Maybe they will change it over to Full Auto like they are with the Demolisher?

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  28. It's press release images, so from the time they were sent the first image, there have been major changes since.

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  29. Pretty much every blaster starts off using parts from other blasters and then they develop it - chop and change to make it unique

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  30. I'm with you on the nightvision cam. It would be way more useful for sure. Can you see yourself using the cam in battles?

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  31. Shit so this is going to be the blaster that screws with the colour scheme, like the rapid strikes orange stripe, nerf can never stick to one colour scheme nowadays

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  32. Anders Johansson31 January 2014 21:02

    I guess for big players. Just the way it's all straight; most nerf blaster handles have indentations suggesting a molded handle. That's just personal opinion though.

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  33. I just got a go-pro hero3 black, so I would not use it for anything I intend to post. On the flip side i can see some very cool LARP uses, where the filming is part of a mission or recorded video acts as a hook for a different mission. It also does offer a $75 gateway for people looking to film without dropping the big bucks for a contour or go-pro. There is a democratic aspect to this blaster that bares mentioning. Up until now footage in games as been really limited to the better equipped nerfers. If the bugs can be worked out and maybe the camera software scaled up even a little it could open up many new vidoagraphers at some of the bigger games. While I have my sights set on HD footage, not everyone wants to go that far. Un-modded this could be the right blaster for someone, again I will be looking at over-voltageing the motor and enhancing the night-vision aspect of this blaster.

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  34. Kinda cool, but not really impressive in its implementation, especially for the price. I feel like the last thing we need is another flywheel blaster (I mean, they're nice in terms of performance, but simply obnoxious as all hell), and the camera seems pretty underwhelming.

    I feel like we kinda got spoiled with the elite line giving such massive improvements to the line, and everything since (other than the Rapidstrike) seems to be a bit of a disappointment. Doesn't look like we'll be seeing anything truly groundbreaking for a while.

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