I love the Flip video camera because it’s so compact and simple. It makes it easy to capture life’s precious moments. I use it all the time. So where do video cameras go from here? Perhaps as pendant, around your neck, to record every single moment of your life. A UK-based firm will soon launch one, according to the New Scientist:
Originally invented to help jog the memories of people with Alzheimer’s disease, it might one day be used by consumers to create “lifelogs” that archive their entire lives. Worn on a cord around the neck, the camera takes pictures automatically as often as once every 30 seconds. It also uses an accelerometer and light sensors to snap an image when a person enters a new environment, and an infrared sensor to take one when it detects the body heat of a person in front of the wearer. It can fit 30,000 images onto its 1-gigabyte memory. Now Vicon, based in Oxford, UK, which specialises in motion-capture technology for the movie industry, has licensed the technology for the camera from Microsoft and intends to put it into large-scale production.
All in the quest to preserve and optimize our memories, as Stephen Baker says.