I am a little intrigued by the autographer. Not as a product I would want to buy, I am not at all interested in photo lifelogging. But I really want to know what the conversation was like when they decided on the basic functionality.
Autographer is a new type of camera which has been custom built to enable spontaneous, hands-free image capture.
For the uninitiated, lifelogging is the practice of capturing snippets of your everyday experience as sort of a very detailed diary. Photo lifelogging does it with pictures. What I can’t imagine is to interrupt your life every ten minutes to take the photo. Some people are using Google Glass to be a little more subtle about it, but you still need to distract your attention away from your real life to do it. You need to always have some piece of your attention thinking about whether your current activity is something you want to log. And you need to engage in some action to take the picture, even if it is just a coded eyeblink or speech control. To me, that would ruin the natural experience. You could never totally engross yourself in anything.
The autographer takes a different approach. You wear it around your neck and it is fully automated. There is no UI on the device, so you can’t control it even if you want to. No view finder, no shutter release, no focus or lighting adjustments. Instead, it has a sensor that detects changes in your environment. When it senses a change, suggesting you are facing a new direction or in a different location or looking directly at people or objects (so the image in the sensor switches from the background to the foreground) it automatically snaps the pic. The logger can take 200 photos an hour and has 8Gb of storage space. It also can sync with your smartphone to offload if it gets full. Then when you get home at the end of the day you can worry about selecting the most important photos to save in your lifelog. There is also some editing software to adjust whatever you need to.
But the important point is that you don’t interrupt your life to do this; you do it during your downtime. I like the approach they took on this. I wonder though if lifeloggers would go for this. I always suspect that they become lifeloggers because they don’t want to focus on their lives so they use the camera as an excuse to disengage. Or there is some kind of status objective by interrupting their friends so they can log the activity with the camera.
What do you think? I would be interested in any lifeloggers out there (or perhaps someone who has a friend who is a lifelogger). Would you (or they) be interested in this? Or is my suspicion correct about the ulterior motive of lifelogging?
Image credit: autographer