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These 10 People Used a GoPro in Some Epic Ways

These 10 People Used a GoPro in Some Epic Ways

The GoPro phenomenon is sweeping the World. You can’t go to a beach, lake, ski field, skate park, bike track, or anywhere else lately, without seeing at least one person filming with a GoPro.

I don’t think I’m alone in saying the GoPro has to be a leading contender for the “most popular invention of the noughties” award. The company’s sales figures certainly back this up.

In 2012 alone, the company reported to have sold 2.3 million units and grossed over $500 million in sales. That is a whole lot of GoPros. Furthermore, GoPro’s founder, Nick Woodman, is now a billionaire at age 37.

So why is the GoPro so popular? After all, it’s just a video camera, and we have all seen those before.

The GoPro has been such a hit because it introduced us to the previously rarely seen POV (point of view) angle. The GoPro now allows us mere mortals to get behind the eyes of some of the world’s craziest daredevils and see exactly what they see.

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Gone are the days when we had to settle for far-away, shaky footage of people jumping out of and over things. The GoPro now allows us to get right in the thick of the action, seeing everything the daredevil sees—without the broken bones and loss of limbs!

Before the GoPro came to town, the POV angle was very complicated and costly to achieve. Due to the size and costs of previous video cameras on the market, the POV angle was reserved for serious and big-budget filmmakers only.

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    GoPro struck gold by producing a high-definition camera that is accessible to everyone. The GoPro is lightweight and affordable, and it captures video in widescreen and super HD.

    Nowadays anyone can buy a GoPro and film TV-quality footage of their adventures, and people are taking advantage of this, by the millions.

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    Here are the 10 most epic uses of a GoPro to date.

    10. Lion’s-eye view

    Kevin Richardson is know as the Lion whisperer. He is a South African park ranger who befriended a pride of lions and has since been accepted into the pride as one of their own. Kevin takes full advantage of his VIP pass by strapping a GoPro to the back of a lioness while she hunts. Simply amazing.

    To see more of Kevin’s adventures with the lions, check the full length video below.

    9. Thailand vacation in 3 minutes

    The video for Duke Dumont’s new track “I Got U” is one of the more clever clips I have seen to date. The premise? A Londoner on a cold and wet day orders a virtual-reality mask and is instantly transported to beautiful sunny Thailand on vacation. This three-minute point-of-view video documents his epic Thailand adventure. Riding on the back of elephants, bungee jumping, amazing beach parties, and sunsets… Watch this clip and tell me you don’t want to get on the next flight to Bangkok.

    8. Surfing

    You may have heard surfers saying that being inside a breaking wave is the best feeling you can ever have. This view was once reserved for professional surfers only. Now thanks to Hawaiian Koa Smith and GoPro, we can all go along for the ride and see exactly what it feels like to be inside a hollow wave. Truly mesmerizing, I think you will agree.

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    Ever wondered how it would feel to be inside a wave bigger than an apartment building? Wonder no more. Garrett McNamara is a Hawaiian big-wave charger and he came up with a crazy idea to strap not one, not two, but three GoPros to himself and his surfboard. He then proceeded to ride the biggest waves of the year at one of the world’s deadliest surfing spots in Tahiti.

    7. GoPro goes to space

    In the film clip for José González’s single “Every Age”, directors Simon Morris and Chris Higham connect multiple GoPros together to achieve an immersive 360-degree film. They then attach the GoPros to a balloon and send it up into space. The result is an awe-inspiring view of the earth from space, with the most perfect soundtrack to accompany it.

    6. Swimming with sharks

    GoPro is good for more than just adventure sports, it also reminds us of the beauty of nature. Living in a big city and going about our day-to-day lives, it can be easy to forget how lucky we are.

    This clip shows one of nature’s most deadly but misunderstood creatures in a different light and reminds us just how magical our oceans really are.

    5. Spherical panorama time lapse

    German photographer Jonas Ginter is pushing the envelope of what’s possible using a GoPro. He had the ingenious idea to strap six GoPros together to achieve an omnidirectional angle. That is, an angle where you can see the ground and the sky in 360 degrees, all in the same shot.

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    The results are astounding.

    4. Bird’s-eye view of London

    Team BlackSheep are a bunch of guys who travel around the World and attach their GoPros to specially made drones, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the world’s most famous cities. They have made videos of New York, Dubai, Bangkok, and this one of London.

    3. Vertical skydiving world record

    This is absolutely incredible. Be a fly on the wall as 138 people jump out of airplanes and proceed to shatter the vertical skydiving world record. Watch from underneath as the skydivers come together to form a perfect human snowflake formation while free-falling at speeds of over 200 mph!

    2. Fireman saves kitten

    This one almost bought me to tears. A fireman straps on a GoPro as he rescues a tiny kitten from a house-fire and brings it back to life. This clip is a real tearjerker, you have been warned!

    1. Cheeky monkey steals camera and takes selfie

    The most epic use of the GoPro so far has to go to this cheeky little monkey who not only stole this guy’s camera, but figured out how to open the case and take a selfie. This is hilarious.

    Is your favorite GoPro clip not on the list? Please share it in the comments below.

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    How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

    How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

    Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

    Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

    Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

    In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

    1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

    A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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    If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

    2. Fix Your Posture

    If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

    Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

    3. Hold Your Posture

    It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

    Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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    4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

    The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

    Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

    So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

    5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

    Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

    6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

    Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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    Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

    7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

    The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

    Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

    8. Practice, Practice, Practice

    Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

    Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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    9. Check out Some Online Games

    There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

    10. Dictation Practice

    If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

    11. Monitor Your Progress

    Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

    12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

    There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

    Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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