Coon Rapids teens build action camera
UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect changes in the Volt campaign. Initially, the boys were going to sell the camera on Kickstarter, but they have launched an Indiegogo page instead.
Two 15-year-old Coon Rapids residents teamed up with two teenagers from Vancouver to design and sell an action camera for a much lower cost than the GoPro.
Danny Hu and Kevin Song, of Coon Rapids, met Alex Ng and William Sun at MIT Launch last summer.
The MIT Launch program’s mission is to help develop high school students into entrepreneurs, connecting them to startup networks and experts in various fields.
“Becoming an entrepreneur offers me the ability to control my own future and have the opportunity to make life-changing innovations,” Kevin said.
Kevin, Danny, Alex and William kept in touch when camp ended, discussing various projects they might pursue.
An idea was born when “I wanted to buy a GoPro, but the price was outrageous,” Danny said. “Soon I discussed with my team (the idea) to make a cheaper alternative action camera that can disrupt the GoPro market.”
The team was on board, and work began last year.
“Making the prototype was the most difficult process because we had to completely redesign an action camera,” Danny said. “We had to learn advanced programs that could draw out our prototype.”
Now that the prototype is built, the team is looking to manufacture its product. The four boys traveled to China this month to look for a manufacturer and distributor.