Our lives comprise several moments – some good, some exceptionally remarkable and others ordinary, but all important, nevertheless.
While some of us are blessed with a photographic memory, most others are left wondering if there is any way to document these moments of our lives. Social networking sites like Facebook let us do that to an extent, but what if we were to tell you about a camera that can click a picture and document your life every 30 seconds? Meet Memoto!
A tiny clip-on camera measuring just 36 x 36 x 9 mm, Memoto captures whatever the wearer is looking at, and then uses algorithms to pick the most interesting ones from the huge load. Part of its components is a 5MP image sensor that had been originally designed for mobile phones. An ARM 9 processor running Linux is behind the program that essentially wakes the device two times in a minute, captures a picture and a reading from the GPS sensor, accelerometer and magnetometer; and puts the device back to sleep, reports MIT Technology Review.
Memoto: Tiny clip-on camera can click a photo every 30 seconds
Once the user gets home, he can plug the camera into his computer and download the pictures. Not only this, those subscribing to the company's cloud storage service should know that the images are put through an image-processing algorithm that sorts out the events in the wearer's day. The images are then grouped together by their predominant colours. It is this process that turns ordinary images into “moments” – between 30 to 35 things that have happened during the wearer's day. These moments are displayed as stacks in an app or on the web. So, a bunch of hours spent working on a computer count as one moment, while a coffee break as another. Each moment on the Memoto is represented by a single sharp, colourful frame – maybe also with people in it. “It allows you, in the app, to see the good parts of your day with the boring parts hidden,” says Martin Källström, CEO of Memoto. .
This simple set of actions ensures that people remember all that they've experienced over time, and even maintain it for those after them. “I’d like to be able to put in my will what parts of my life log are going to be available for people that come after me,” says Källström. “I’ve always been fascinated by ways to effortlessly document life.”
Additionally, Memoto's makers claim that it has been designed such that it stops capturing photos once it has been taken off and placed on either a flat surface, or in a dark place (like one's pocket).
Interestingly, the company plans to sell the devices and charge about $8 per month for online storage of people’s photos. “It’s a lot like a mirror in your bathroom, perhaps,” he says. “You look into it in the morning, and you know a little bit more about yourself.”