A helmet camera, otherwise known as a micro video camera, bullet camera, or lipstick camera, is a camera attached to a helmet allowing someone to make a visual record from their point of view (POV), while keeping their hands and vision free.The first documented helmet camera was a Canon CI-10 camera mounted to the side of Dick Garcia's helmet by Aerial Video Systems (AVS) of Burbank, CA at the Nissan USGP 500 World Championship at Carlsbad Raceway in Carlsbad, CA on June 28, 1986. Not only was this the first time the helmet camera was used, but AVS transmitted the images from this camera live via portable microwave to the ABC broadcast truck to integrate into their live broadcast. This revolutionary system offered the viewers an unprecedented perspective of the race as it unfolded.
Mark Schulze wearing helmet cam in "The Great Mountain Biking Video" in 1987
Another early innovator of the helmet camera technology was Mark Schulze, who created a system for use while producing "The Great Mountain Biking Video" in 1987. "Schulze stripped-down a red motorcycle helmet and jury-rigged a mounting for the first consumer color video chip camera. A cable ran from the camera to a padded backpack that contained a Panasonic VHS portable video recorder and a DC-lead-acid battery for power, which made the rig heavy, unwieldy, and hot.