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Autographer is a New Wearable Camera that Automatically Documents Your Life

Watch out Google Glass: you’ve got competition in the life-documenting game. Autographer is an upcoming camera that’s designed to document your life in photographs without you having to raise a finger. It’s a fancy wearable camera that uses algorithms and five built-in sensors to make decisions on when to snap pictures. It can snap up to 2,000 high-resolution photos of the course of a single day, giving you a visual record of your life experiences.

The five sensors are magnetometer, color sensor, infrared detector, accelerometer, and temperature sensor. There’s also a GPS module built-in for geotagging your images. Other specs include 8GB of storage, bluetooth connectivity, a 5 megapixel sensor.

The camera can be worn around the neck or attached to one’s clothing, and effectively acts as a stop-motion/time-lapse camera when brought along for everyday activities. There are two buttons on the side for controlling the OLED screen and for manually snapping a photo. The screen has indicators and settings for charge level, memory capacity, airplane mode, sensor sensitivity, and phone pairing.

On the front is a 136-degree wide-angle lens that’s designed to mimic the human eye’s field of view, capturing your life as you see it (albeit, from a slightly different vantage point).

Once your life is stored in pixels, you can use the Autographer’s custom software and app to manage and work with them. A special smartphone app connects to the device via Bluetooth for previewing, browsing, and sharing your photos. Special desktop software lets you browse through your memories — much like the Pensieve in Harry Potter — and do fun things with them (e.g. create animated GIFs or stop-motion videos).

The Autographer hit stores in the UK in November for £399, or around $650. It may be released in the US and in Japan shortly afterward.

Autographer (via Reuters)


Update: DPReview says that the Autographer is “a slimmed down, higher spec, consumer-friendly version of the Vicon Revue“.


 
  • esrhan

    Enjoy life instead of constantly documenting the mundane and trying to get people’s attention…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.maniago Jonathan Maniago

    “Is your daily routine too boring? Consider the exciting possibilities of owning —and losing— a camera records your every movement. Spice up your life with a little paranoia. Let the world know what you did last summer with Autographer: the camera that finds its way back to you.”

    Seriously though, I don’t think that the design suits its function very well. It seems highly unlikely for a free hanging camera to take any picture worth a damn, let alone a camera that decides on its own when to take photographs. Besides, wouldn’t it be cheaper to simply whip up some sort of intervalometer app for smart phones to take pictures periodically?

  • Samcornwell

    I spent an entire year recording my life on video. Apart from being the most exciting adventure I’ve ever been on, it was extremely tiring. A tool like this would have made it a lot easier and I expect more and more elaborate ways of recording our lives will become available in the future.

  • adam

    or, enjoy life and document it. We are people, we love attention, interacting with each other shouldn’t be looked down on.

  • nickg

    “… a 136-degree wide-angle lens that’s designed to mimic the human eye’s field of view …” Badly. Don’t know about you, but I don’t see with extreme barrel distortion.

    Human vision is not ‘wide-angle’ (= short focal length), it’s ‘wide-field’. The only way to mimic it properly is with a panoramic format covered by a ‘normal’ focal length lens designed to cover a larger sensor. Think 90/110mm on 6x17cm.

    Anyway, I think the whole concept is just sad. What about living your life – and taking photographs – *consciously*?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joonjeong.yi JoonJeong Yi

    Good job! But can you recall any snap shot instantly if you want?

  • kweeang

    i like it

  • Egl

    what is the size of the camera?

  • http://www.facebook.com/matteo.domenico Matteo Domenico

    This reminds me of a short film I once saw.

    People were implanted with this tool that record everything through their eyes and they can review it whenever they want in their minds or projecting it for others to see.

    At some point, people were no more living in the present but constantly reviewing their best moments. I remember this couple having sex, and it was some great sex, but in fact, both of them were just reviewing the time when they were able to have great sex together, and in the meanwhile were having some poor and mandatory wed sex.

    Add a cheating in the mix and you will have an explosive mix (i won’t spoil everything, in case you wanna look for this short).

    To come back on topic, I don’t think I wanna have all my life film’d and pic’d.

    Tell me guys, why do you want to have this sort of stuff? (except for documenting some extraordinary event, of course)

  • Chris

    You cannot tell from the publicity shots, but it is in fact approximately the size of a 3ft kerbstone, and about the same weight.

  • Fred Nerks

    Another gimmick we can’t live without!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558503293 Anthony Tortoriello

    Yeah you can still be in the moment and document the moments as well….totally possible.

  • harumph

    Not to be a film nerd, but that’s also the plot of the 1980 film Le Mort en Direct (Death Watch) with Harvey Keitel and Harry Dean Stanton. Also, the final third of Wim Wenders’ Until the End of the World covers this territory.

  • Samcornwell

    Actually, I think you do ‘see’ with barrel distortion. Your brain simply adjusts for it, a little like Adobe presets.