Bite Switch is Conceptus' original mouth-operated shutter
It is the favorite of freeflyers and
photographers of other skydiving disciplines who need a simple,
intuitive, hands-free camera shutter release switch. It utilizes
a very gentle bite to operate the camera and is extremely easy
to use. It can be used with any camera equipped with a remote
shutter release jack. The supplied plug fits most Canon film
others cameras usually require custom connection, which you can
find detailed instructions for on the Connection page.
The Bite Switch is comprised of a durable, sealed tubular
switch assembly measuring 1.5 inches long by 1/4 inch
diameter, a 36 inch coaxial wire, and a 2.5mm plug with a 90
degree elbow bend. During use, the switch is placed in the
mouth with the wire pointing either to the right or left.
Biting anywhere on the red section ("bite zone")
actuates the switch and triggers the camera. There are two
tactile ribs so the user can instantly feel the bite zone with
their teeth and lips. The required bite force is about what it
would take to bite through a small carrot, or about how hard
the average person can comfortably bite on their own finger
The actual depression of the switch mechanism is only about
1/8", so very little jaw movement is needed. As a result,
helmet motion is extremely small. Be aware the Bite Switch
works best when used with open-faced helmets or helmets with
chin cups allowing the user to open and close the mouth at
least to a small degree.
It should always be bitten only with the front teeth,
not with the sharp canine teeth, and only hard enough to
slightly flatten the tubular portion. Usage otherwise may
deform the internal components or puncture the flexible casing
and cause a malfunction.