As illustrated by the recent unveiling of the Autographer, manufacturers are waking up to the idea of a consumer-friendly wearable digital camera that takes photos automatically. The latest device of this type to appear on our radar is Memoto, an intelligent wearable camera that can take up to two day's worth of snaps before requiring a recharge.
Designed by a Swedish company of the same name, Memoto is intended to appeal to the thriving “lifelogging” community – that is, people who enjoy documenting their entire lives with the aid of various gadgets and gizmos. To this aim, Memoto spent the past year traveling the world and seeking the opinions of notable lifeloggers, in order to learn exactly what such people want to see in their dream device.
The end result is a device that features no buttons. Instead, it automatically captures a photo every 30 seconds with its 5-megapixel sensor when worn, and can include the current GPS position of the camera, along with a time-stamp for each image. A built in accelerometer ensures that each photo is correctly oriented regardless of how the camera is positioned while a LED battery life indicator highlights the remaining charge. The unit measures 36 x 36 x 9 mm (roughly 1.5 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches) and contains 8 GB of internal storage.
Once connected to a computer via Micro-USB, Memoto can automatically upload the photos taken to the Memoto Web Service to allow for sharing and archiving. The web service comes with a subscription fee which hasn’t been finalized yet but is expected to cost around US$5 per month, and will be complemented by apps for iOS and Android.
Memoto is expected to be released in early 2013, and the unit will be offered in graphite, grey, white, and orange colors, for $279. However, the camera is also part of a Kickstarter campaign, and so those wishing to get in early can do so by ponying up $199 or more, for which one receives a camera and a one year web service subscription.
The Kickstarter pitch video below further details Memoto's features.