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Memoto cameras: will consumers, others embrace?

By CJ Castillo / June 5, 2013

Have you ever wanted to capture every moment of your life, but lacked an endless supply of SD cards? The creators of the Memoto camera are here to help.

Launched on Kickstarter in October 2012, Memoto raised more than $500,000 during its campaign — 10 times as much as their $50,000 target. But how does it work?

The Memoto camera is a photography gadget that clips onto users’ clothes and automatically takes a picture every 30 seconds. The tiny device, which measures under one-and-a-half square inches, also has a built-in GPS to give photos a point of reference. Best of all, Memoto doesn’t begin the rapid-fire image capture until it’s secured and activated through a smartphone.

Some practical applications

The Memoto camera may be ticketed as a lifeblogging revolution, but similar cameras have already been used in professional situations with great success.

Researchers at Wesleyan University and the Institute of Living have utilized the Vicon Revue to help people with memory loss remember their life experiences. In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Dr. John Seamon, a professor of psychology and neurobiology at Wesleyan, said that having patients wear automatic cameras captured the experience more fully than a verbal description.

Wearable cameras can also be a boon to police officers. Many law enforcement agencies already use cameras in their cars, so adding devices to uniforms to record infringements and interactions seems like the logical next step.

Last year, the police department of Rialto, California used wearable cameras to conduct an experiment within their community. Police Chief William Farrar wanted to investigate whether the cameras would improve the relationship between police and civilians. After equipping half of the officers with wearable cameras, the department reported an 88% decline in civilian complaints and a 60% decrease in the use of physical force.

The future of Memoto and lifelogging

With the Memoto camera still waiting to be shipped, it remains to be seen if the general public will embrace this technology like research facilities and local governments have. With the ability to snap 2,880 pics daily, Memoto’s biggest problem may just be it’s too overwhelming for the average person. The comprehensive documentation, however, could prove useful in situations where oversight is critical. So don’t be surprised to see lifelogging cameras on surgeons, TSA agents and others.