Memoto Is a Life-Logging Camera That Snaps a Five-Megapixel Picture Every 30 Seconds | MIT Technology Review

A startup believes people will want a photographic record of their lives, taken at 30-second intervals.

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Remember that?: Memoto’s clip-on camera has 8 GB of memory.

“We want to provide people with a perfect photographic memory,” says Martin Källström, CEO of Memoto. His startup is creating a tiny clip-on camera that takes a picture every 30 seconds, capturing whatever you are looking at, and then applies algorithms to the resulting mountain of images to find the most interesting ones.

Just 36 by 36 by 9 millimeters, the inconspicuous plastic camera has a lot crammed inside. The most important component is a five-megapixel image sensor originally designed for mobile phones. An ARM 9 processor running Linux powers a program that wakes the device twice a minute; takes a picture and a reading from the GPS sensor, accelerometer, and magnetometer; and promptly puts the device back to sleep.

SenseCam records a person’s entire life

SenseCam, a camera you can wear as a pendant to record every moment of your life, will soon be launched by a U.K.-based firm. Originally invented to help jog the memories of people with Alzheimer’s disease, it might one day be used by consumers to create “lifelogs” that archive their entire lives.Worn on a cord around the neck, the camera takes pictures automatically as often as once every 30 seconds. It also uses an accelerometer and light sensors to snap an image when a person enters a new environment, and an infrared sensor to take one when it detects the body heat of a person in front of the wearer. It can fit 30,000 images onto its 1-gigabyte memory.

In the next five years, technology tools will help you recall, sort and organize all the information you have to deal with every day. One such project is a European Union-funded initiative called HERMES Cognitive Care for Active Aging. HERMES is geared toward helping seniors remember important details of their daily lives and improve their short-term memory—all without requiring that they become technology-savvy. Microphones and video cameras will record conversations and activities and the information collected will be automatically stored and analyzed on a personal computer. (via IBM - 5 innovations in the next 5 years)

In the next five years, technology tools will help you recall, sort and organize all the information you have to deal with every day. One such project is a European Union-funded initiative called HERMES Cognitive Care for Active Aging. HERMES is geared toward helping seniors remember important details of their daily lives and improve their short-term memory—all without requiring that they become technology-savvy. Microphones and video cameras will record conversations and activities and the information collected will be automatically stored and analyzed on a personal computer. (via IBM - 5 innovations in the next 5 years)

reQall is a voice-enabled memory aid that seamlessly integrates your mobile phone, email, text messaging and IM into a powerful organizer, reminder system and productivity assistant. reQall lets you capture your ideas, tasks and commitments before you forget, and it proactively keeps you well-prepared and memory-strong.

IBM bares next five tech innovations

SOLAR technology in clothes, “talking” to the Internet and personal “digital shopping assistants:” these innovations will take place in five years or less, IBM said.

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Eye-Fi: Your Digital Photographic Memory

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Does this sound familiar: you dropped a few hundred bucks on a new digital camera and you’re using it once a month to snap photos of vacations, friends, and family. It sure sounds familiar to me, because that’s how I use my camera: rarely. That’s all about to change.

Evernote and Eye-Fi have teamed up and the results are, well, amazing. It’s now dead simple to get photos into Evernote. You’re about to get much, much more out of your digital camera.

What’s Eye-Fi?

Eye-Fi makes Wi-Fi-enabled SD memory cards, which are compatible with the vast majority of digital cameras on the market. You put the Eye-Fi Card into your camera, go through a quick setup process, and any photo you take will be wirelessly sent into your Evernote account. No cables. No docks. Just magic.

Instant Photographic Memory