Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Memoto--Automatic Lifelogging

  The idea of logging my life every thirty seconds seems a touch...er...awkward. I think it would be great for someone who has quite the busy life. Maybe someone who's a fashion model, someone who travels to lush locations, or even a celebrity who's always at a hotspot. Who knows, maybe the average person with a smidge of a life might like it. But as someone on my timeline stated, this little camera could easily bring on some pretty creepy situations whether intended or not. On top of that, you'll have a lot of the same pictures. Like, for example, you're in the bathroom. o_o But I guess at some point, you would take the camera off for personals. (I didn't see an off/on button in the product specs.)



  This is just a commentary. I don't know much about the Memoto mini-cam. I saw it on Tumblr and decided to click the link. I'm glad curiosity grabbed my attention. For something so small that comes with a year's worth of storage, what kind of story would someone like to tell? That's 4000 pictures. The camera measures 36 mm x 36 mm x 9 mm ( in inches, that would be about 1.42 x 1.42 x 0.35). For 279 bucks, is it worth having your life logged and geotagged? Who would use such a product? Personally, I think it would be great for events such as a con. It would be great to get candid shots of booth babes, vendors, and all those amazing cosplayers you may or may not see. For outdoorsy types or people doing botanical research, it would be a great way to capture the Flora and Fauna.

  What about students? Or, people who travel on public transportation? I wondered about that, because it would be interesting to make it part of class materials or an art project for a budding or experienced photographer. Would this be a gold mine for a graphic designer? It would be great to see the POV of people based on a tiny little camera clipped to their clothes.

  The good thing about this little camera is that you can control what pictures are and aren't seen. So, while everything is geotagged and timestamped, nothing is uploaded until you connect it to the computer. Even then, all pictures are private. Like most software these days, of course it's app friendly. If I could afford it (or, by generous donation...*cough*hack*hint*), maybe it would inspire me to explore my own city. Perhaps to document historical houses in Beverly, to chase the Quaker Parakeets in the park, or to watch the performers go crazy at the Jackson stop of the Red/Blue Line.

  If I had the money, I think this would be quite the interesting investment. 10 megapixels of my life for the world to see. Saving money on batteries, only needing to charge every two days. No, this isn't creepy at all. This is an innovative piece of electronic equipment amped and ready to tell another story.

(Picture credit: "Camera With Photographs" by digitalart from Free Digital Photos)



  

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