Waylens Secure360 dash cam protects your car from all angles [Sticky or Not]

This gadget sees all, even when it's asleep

Dash cams are becoming a security essential.

Uber drivers use the dash cam to protect themselves against drunk and disorderly passengers, while people that drive in aggressive traffic daily appreciate it as peace of mind in case of a collision.

Waylens is taking that peace of mind to the next level with its Secure360 dash cam, which takes 360-degree videos in order to capture all sides of the story.

While driving, the all-glass, 7-element lens captures video continuously and when parked, the cam uses low-power sensors — radar, 3-axis accelerometer and GPS — to track its surroundings, turning on when triggered by an unusual event.

Once it’s on, Secure360 streams video to the cloud where it is immediately stored and pushes a notification to the user’s phone through a Waylens app using either Wi-Fi or a 4G LTE connection.

The company, which makes other dash cams as well, also promises that its new 360-degree dash cam will last 360 hours or about 15 days. It also promises a simple four-step installation process.

Though the small company is not yet shipping this product to Canada, the Wi-Fi-only version of the device is shipping to the U.S. for $199 USD through Kickstarter, while the 4G version is priced at $299 USD.

Verdict: Sticky.

The Waylens Secure360 is a paranoid driver’s best friend, and I’m that paranoid driver.

Of course, there are other companies out there also producing 360-degree dash cams, but none are as aesthetically pleasing and seemingly simple to install and manage as the Waylens Secure360.

Here’s hoping this handy gadget makes its way to Canada — preferably sooner than later.

Note: This post is part of an ongoing series titled Sticky or Not in which Senior Reporter Rose Behar analyzes new and often bizarre gadgets, rating them sticky (good) or not (bad).

Comments

  • MoYeung

    “Secure360 streams video to the cloud where it is immediately stored”

    Any SD card support?

    • Elky64

      According to the specs on the Kickstarter site it will have MicroSD card support up to 256 GB.

      The only things concerning to me is, video resolution since it looks quite low, and it’s abilities in darkly lit situations. But then suspect if these two aspects were higher/better it would be more taxing, meaning “low power” no more. Either way a nifty concept but think we’ll be waiting on version 2.0 – might come in handy as a secondary to an already existing hi-res dash cam though.

  • Jordih

    Was excitedly waiting for this. Too bad 4G is a while off and it’s not Canada friendly yet. Still getting the WiFi one reshipped to me.

    • Elky64

      Looks interesting yet suspect it’ll fall short for my dash cam prerequisites, hi-res and decent night vision (when area illuminated via street lights or headlights). According to its specs does seem to fall short. Suppose though some of us aren’t it’s intended target and can see it being useful in Taxis and the like.

    • Jordih

      For sure not a replacement for a quality dash cam. It won’t have that great of video quality, all 360 cams right now seem underwhelming. I’m basically wanting a surveillance camera for my car, I’m less concerned about accidents than I am of it being messed with while parked at home (again) since it’s a vintage car with no security.
      I have low expectations, but I felt like for $100 off it was worth a try.

  • ciderrules

    What I want to know (and don’t think it does based on the description) is if it records video BEFORE the event when parked.

    It sounds like it only starts recording when triggered by an event (which is why it has a long standby battery life).