On Thursday, Meerkat revealed a feature that allows its mobile-app users to employ GoPro’s high-definition cameras for their livestreams. Now, Meerkat fans can log on to see things from the real-time perspective of adventure seekers and even wildlife.
The feature was built with GoPro’s open-source software and marks the first time Meerkat users can include footage from outside the app.
How it works: Connect the GoPro to your iOS device as you normally would and open the Meerkat app. Shake it, and a prompt will pop up to start streaming directly from your GoPro device. Note that the current version of the iOS Meerkat app only supports GoPro 3 with GoPro 4 being available in the next update of the app.
Why It’s Hot
The Meerkat / Periscope wars are going to benefit users in many ways — advancements and enhancements like this are likely only just the beginning. I also like opening up more social uses of GoPro!
It will be interesting to see if the new, fun tool pushes more consumers to Meerkat, which significantly trails rival Periscope’s traffic, according to Adobe’s research.
And whether Twitter-owned Periscope follows suit with a GoPro play of its own will be worth watching—though it seems likely.