The "lifelogging" camera is raising privacy concerns. The tiny Memoto camera can be worn on clothing, or on a lanyard. It automatically takes a picture every 30 seconds.
The camera was designed by 38-year-old Matrin Kaellstroem. After losing both of his parents to cancer, Kaellstroem was inspired to create a product that would record life-logging pictures.
As reported by Phys Org, Kallestroem explains that people often take pictures at special events. However, more personal and candid moments are often missed. He wanted to design a product that would make it easier to capture every moment.
The lifelogging camera allows users to capture moments throughout the day, without having to carry a camera. The Memoto camera does all the work.
In addition to automatically taking pictures, the camera also sorts them. Using GPS location information, lighting sensors, and time stamps, the camera creates a "memory timeline."
The timeline can be uploaded and shared via Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.
The lifelogging camera sounds like a great idea, and will likely become quite popular. However, privacy is a concern.
The cameras are very small, and automatic. Users may forget they are wearing them, and others may not realize they are being captured on film.
Kaellstrem dismisses the concerns, stating that the cameras are simply "a way to collect memories."
As reported by The Drum, the Memoto cameras are around 1.5 inches square. They come in several colors, including white and yellow. They currently cost around $280.
The cameras capture around 1.5 terabytes of data per year. The first year of storage is free. However, after one year, storage is billed at $9 per month.
The cameras come with an included app, which offers several options for sorting, sharing, and displaying the photos. Project manager Nicholas Johansson explains that the algorithm is designed to replicate how the mind naturally stores memories.
The lifelogging camera is a great concept. However, it is important to remember that in addition to recording their own lives, users are recording others as well.