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Lessons from life logging – my first months with photographic memory
According to design consultancy Fjord, there are 27 different types of wearables you can be wearing right now. One type of these wearables – a life-log – equips you with a photographic memory – one separate from your smartphone and that works without pushing a button.
Life-logs are used for a new phenomenon called life-logging. A small wearable camera captures your activities during the whole day. Pictures are taken automatically; the one I use takes one every 30 seconds, or around 2000 in a day. Geo-tagging of all the pictures gives you memory about what you saw where. Cloud-based storage of all the pictures helps to merge them into different “contexts” to reflect the activities you were doing. Access to the pictures from a mobile app allows you to post the desired ones to your social media channels. 2014 is the year when Autographer, Lifelogger, Narrative, Parashoot and Sony are introducing their first variants of life-logging cameras, and we can expect variations on the concept outlined above.
Here are some experiences from my first few months with a life-log in my daily life. The overall concept of life logging also includes a variety of parameters captured by fitness trackers and smart watches. This post was deliberately focused on the photography aspect of life logging.
We are still in the early stage of exploring how life-logging will be used for private and professional purposes. I have not yet figured out all the applications for a life log, and I am not even close. But wearing a life log triggers questions from people around you. What is that device? Which privacy rule applies? Will you use it mostly for vacation or in daily life situations? What type of pictures will be easier to take with a life log device than a smartphone or a dedicated digital camera? One clear application area is to capture memories when you’re traveling and exploring either a city or nature, as the collection in this blog picture (all taken with a life log)
During the first week and months, you will learn a few lessons. Life-logs work best outside, since the camera does not come with a flash or adjustments of the ISO levels. It provides the best picture angles when attached to a dress shirt or polo. When using T-shirts, it tends to shoot too much downward. Substantial volumes of pictures are generated daily. Turn it off when when doing the same thing for a long time. Enjoy the movie scroll features that allow you to scan through material quickly, as a library of interesting moments to share or remember.
My predictions for the future of picture life-logging are:
· Life logging has broad private and professional application potential, most of them still to develop as we put the devices in use.
· The cloud synchronization could be simplified greatly when done via Bluetooth through a smartphone on the go. This will be a natural evolution for next generation devices.
· The picture volumes are substantial, and life logs could easily become a substantial driver of traffic from you towards the network/cloud.
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