Feb 25, 2016
The Wall Street Journal's Lora Kolodny on Revl:
Revl Seeded to Make Waterproof, Stabilized Video Cameras
San Francisco startup Revl Inc. has raised $2 million in seed funding to make waterproof digital cameras that create stabilized videos, even if they’re mounted atop a skiers’ helmet or on the strut of a kite board.
Revl founder and Chief Executive Eric Sanchez, formerly an engineer with Sikorsky Aircraft, said his passion for kitesurfing led him to create the stabilized camera, which is laden with sensors and chips that allow it to do more than offer a stable picture.
The company’s smart video editor app uses data captured by the REVL camera to determine when a highlight reel-worthy moment has been recorded. If people record themselves skiing off jumps, for example, the app can automatically extract a clip that starts just as they descend the ramp and ends after their landing.
“The rest of the action camera industry is moving towards higher-resolution pictures, and 360-videos. We’re solving a more immediate user experience problem with a focus on stabilization,” Mr. Sanchez said.
REVL will compete against makers of popular action cameras such as those from GoPro, Canon or Nikon. It also faces competition from businesses like Steadicam, which makes accessories to help smartphone users create smoother videos.
Venture investor Bill Tai led the seed investment in REVL. Other investors included Y Combinator, frogVentures, Heavybit Industries founder James Lindenbaum, Google Maps co-founder Lars Rasmussen, and other individuals.