Foxconn plans camera gadgets with GoPro investment
By Michael Kan
Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn Electronics said it could integrate more camera features into its devices after making a US$200 million investment in a U.S. company that makes cameras for action sports enthusiasts.
Foxconn’s investment, announced last week, buys the company a 8.88 percent stake in GoPro, a company that sells wearable cameras to take video and pictures of outdoor activities such as skydiving, surfing, and skiing.
Foxconn’s major clients include Apple, Microsoft, Sony, and other electronics vendors, and the company is a producer of smartphones, tablets, TVs, and video game systems. The company foresees the consumer tech industry moving toward more products capable of “content creation,” and expects GoPro can help Foxconn better tap into this market, said Foxconn spokesman Simon Hsing.
The investment will also pave the way for GoPro to expand U.S. sales by leveraging Foxconn’s manufacturing capacity, he added.