Investigations from GPS Business News led to the conclusion that TomTom fitness division is preparing the launch of an GPS-enabled action sport camera.
A prototype of the device was shown behind the curtains to a few key retailers last February at a sport trade show in Germany.
Our investigation shows that the Dutch GPS maker has acquired the technology and assets developed by GoBandit GmbH, a German startup that produced and started to sell GPS-enabled action cameras between 2010-2012.
GoBandit software (for web, desktop and firmware) was developed in Belgrade by a subsidiary called GoBandit d.o.o. Per our research on LinkedIn, 4 software developers and an office manager from GoBandit joined a local TomTom subsidiary – TomTom d.o.o. -between March 2013 and May 2013, which roughly indicates when TomTom acquired the company.
Since then TomTom has been staffing its Belgrade office with new hires, mostly software engineers. Posts on the TomTom job board indicated these new hires were to report to TomTom fitness product unit based in Central London.
Further researches on Foursquare and Facebook have demonstrated the connection between GoBandit and TomTom.
GoBandit developed a couple of sensor-enabled (GPS, gyro, acceleration, pressure sensors) high definition sport cameras and applied for patents related to the use of video in conjunction with sensors such as GPS. The company disappeared suddenly at beginning of 2013.
Aleks Ristic, co-founder and ex-CEO of GoBandit – now behind a social network startup apreet.com – was contacted by GPS Business News and declined to comment on this topic.
TomTom did not reply to our request for comment either.