“If you could re-live one moment of your life, what would it be?”
That’s the question asked by Memoto, a new company with a great idea for a new type of camera. We have covered the Autographer and what it does, and coming along the same vein of thought is the Memoto "Life Logging Camera". At the current stage of design, it’s a minimalist 36mm weatherproof square that snaps a 5 megapixel photo every 30 seconds, saves it to its 8GB flash memory, and organizes it by GPS location, date, and time.
Let me reiterate, because thinking about it from a technological standpoint is mind boggling. Have you ever worn a button pin? The kind that you attach to your shirt and pray doesn’t jab you at some point during the day? Imagine if that thing automatically took and stored 4000 pictures, several of which would normally have sent you scrambling for a camera you left in a bag somewhere. Then at the end of the day, it organized them for you so you could find what you wanted. Now replace the fear inspiring stabby part with a steel clip. Ta-da, you have a Memoto.
Sounds pretty sweet right? Well, in the first 5 hours of the kickstarter campaign, the $50,000 goal was left in the dust. So I think it’s safe to assume that everyone else likes the idea too regardless of the possible privacy implications of the device.
Stretch goals include the ability to manually take a snapshot that will then be bookmarked in the list of pictures. They also want to include a way to adjust the interval between pictures (super easy stop motion videos, anyone?) and a way to make it so that it retains photos after syncing. Management of the photos is done via a smart phone app in combination with the services privately defaulted cloud storage system.
The devices projected $280 launch price may make it a bit on the spendy side for those of us that aren't addicted to gadgets but the lifelogging trend looks like it is here to stay, and from here on out you will be participating in it whether you want to be or not.