Wearable Videocam Records Your Life

from the life-imitates-snowcrash dept

The number of research projects out there to create some form of a "backup brain" are increasing every day. Accenture was one of the first to announce such a project, but were quickly followed by Microsoft, HP and even DARPA is taking a stab at it. All of these projects come from a different direction in an attempt to better record events around you. Microsoft and DARPA are really trying to record everything they can - sight, sound, whatever. The prototype of the Accenture device ended up being drastically scaled down from its original vision, which would involve cameras, recorders, voice recognition, facial recognition and plenty of other neat tricks. In the end, what they showed was just something that would record snippets of conversation if you happened to give it the right cue (such as by saying "that's interesting"). HP took the visual side of it, and is working on a camera that is supposed to automatically know when to take a picture based on what you say. There's one thing that all of these projects definitely have in common: you can't get your hands on them, and won't for quite some time. However, it appears that someone out there is finally trying to take at least one small part of this concept and put it into a real product. A company called DejaView has created a small video camera that attaches to your eyeglasses. The camera is constantly recording in a 30 second loop. However, whenever anything happens that you want to keep, you just press a button and it saves the previous 30 seconds. As the article says, it's sort of a TiVo for your life. Of course, I'm not sure what people who don't wear glasses end up doing. The system will save the files to an SD Card that you have to provide - meaning it can hold as many 30 second videos as you can afford in storage. It's kind of a neat concept. As they say, the idea is that you'll no longer need to be constantly holding a video camera waiting for life's precious moments - and end up with hours upon hours of boring tape you'll never watch. Of course, the quality isn't the greatest. Also, with a number of places already banning camera-phones for fear of privacy-violating photographs, just imagine how some people will react to the idea of everyone recording everything happening around them all the time... just in case they happen to catch something interesting.


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    John, Jun 20th, 2003 @ 1:14pm

    Cameras recording everything

    This has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever heard of !Who wants their lives recorded?You want to get noticed??Do something that will your country,even then do you really need the whole world to know?Private citezens dont need this.People are NOT going to go for this!I do see people going into the nearest movie theatre to record movies,this has already happened.Cameras are an invasion of privacy.And do I really need to know what other people do?NO.

     

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    John, Jun 20th, 2003 @ 1:15pm

    Cameras recording everything

    This has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever heard of !Who wants their lives recorded?You want to get noticed??Do something that will help your country,even then do you really need the whole world to know?Private citezens dont need this.People are NOT going to go for this!I do see people going into the nearest movie theatre to record movies,this has already happened.Cameras are an invasion of privacy.And do I really need to know what other people do?NO.

     

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    Mike (profile), Jun 20th, 2003 @ 3:09pm

    Re: Cameras recording everything

    Well... I think the idea is a little more practical. Think about the number of new parents who have about 1,000 hours of video tape of their baby, just waiting for it to "do something". Imagine if you could use one of these systems, and then just record the important moments. First word. First step. First drool. Whatever.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2003 @ 11:29am

    Accenture ?

    an Accenture device ? The Lucky bastards managed not to go down the drain with Arthur Andersen and toy themselves with wearable camcorders ? Are you sure this isn t an hoax ?

     

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    God, Nov 20th, 2003 @ 9:53am

    Re: Cameras recording everything

    A small wearable camera?!? Sign me up! Sounds like some sweet James Bond type stuff to me. Cameras are allowed in public places, its when you go into a private venue that privacy issues arise. While you might not like it John boy cameras and digital video is booming right now. I'm all for privacy and amendment rights, but you need to get over the Big Brother Complex. Either you're fugly and non photo friendly or you're doing evil things with sheep and need to stop! Now that being said, on a lighter note I'm curious if anyone knows the price on this, and if they are available...

     

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    God, Nov 20th, 2003 @ 9:55am

    Wearable cam

    A small wearable camera?!? Sign me up! Sounds like some sweet James Bond type stuff to me. Cameras are allowed in public places, its when you go into a private venue that privacy issues arise. While you might not like it John boy cameras and digital video is booming right now. I'm all for privacy and amendment rights, but you need to get over the Big Brother Complex. Either you're fugly and non photo friendly or you're doing evil things with sheep and need to stop! Now that being said, on a lighter note I'm curious if anyone knows the price on this, and if they are available...

     

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    Me Again, Jan 15th, 2004 @ 10:33am

    Re: Cameras recording everything

    Good robot! Thats exactly what they want you to do !Sit down ,shut up and be recorded!Imagine the cameras on the telephone poles in your house.Genius you are,such a Genius.What on God's earth is so dam important that you need to record on tape 24 hours a day?I dont even watch tv.Get a Life.I bet you watch video tapes you make of your kids all day long you child porn lover.We have tapes at home,we never watch em ,so why make em?Tape this !:p

     

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    Valueless Accenture, May 27th, 2011 @ 4:19am

    REVIEW - Valueless Accenture

    As many of the posts indicated here, the place is full of moral and financial corruption at all levels of Management. They will out rightly lie, go around their team to find excuses to rate them down on their performance & morale by misguiding the client; and also contacts in the industry so that the staff’s chances of getting a more rewarding job becomes distant. Thereby working for pittance yet churn out work against all odds and witness their ruthless office game.

    If they are friends with their staff, they will bluntly favor them in every possible way. I have witnessed cheating, lying and bullying so that others fall for their obnoxious ploys and ultimately bumped off. The team management is fully into these activities. The pyramid of criminality is bound to collapse with the cheer weight of this kind of incompetence, which everyone knows the ‘origins’ of this company.

    It is common practice not to give the full pay that one has worked for even after giving in the required notice period or even when they slightly suspect that you are looking at job options. The HR and the management are fully partnered in this crime. They spend more time covering up their screw ups than trying to encourage quality. Team work is almost publicly discouraged. Twisting and turning facts, situations to suit ones agenda are rife. Even if one reasons out with the team management on some of the things they do, they will lie on your face. Even if one proves that they are lying, they will outright deny and get back at you in the most unprofessional manner that does not exist in any industry. It actually makes you sick to the stomach.

    To sound fair to the employees, team management encourages bad behaviour by their team members just to make themselves look good. And can be blamed on others at the time of scrutinizing by clients. It is so bad that they try to intimidate people to fill out employee engagement surveys so that they can manipulate the stats by putting a totally positive spin even on the sad feedback that they get on these surveys. They also claim that these surveys are anonymous, but they keep on reminding you that you haven't done yours. Go figure!

     

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