While many of us hear about the prospect of lifelogging, you might consider that our social media feeds are essentially timelines of our lives, including pictures, thoughts, and places we’ve been. We are all, in essence, lifeloggers, and even though we share extensive details of our lives in multiple formats, we still tend to miss the small moments. And whether or not you think those moments should stay undocumented for sentimental reasons, we’re heading towards the capability of capturing it all. Considering that we’ll all soon be wearing Google’s Project Glass and its competitors, Memoto is a natural step.
Memoto is a small, wearable 5MP camera that photographs your life for you, automatically taking two snaps every minute of whatever you happen to be doing. It might not be something you want to strap on while sitting at your desk on the average weekday, and it’s hard to say how the angles and framing of automatic photos will come out, but it just might save you from missing out on that one priceless shot. An iPhone app allows you to sift through your photos to find the ones worth keeping.
Wafaa Bilal’s embedded skull camera
Similar territory has previously been explored by artists like Wafaa Bilal, who actually embedded the camera into a hole drilled into his skull, which was eventually rejected by his body. Another example is Eric Siu with his Touchy device, which turns the whole thing on its head by requiring the wearer to make human contact to activate the camera. But now this wearable camera idea has moved from artistic concept to consumer reality.
This prospect may seem a little scary, a move toward jettisoning our last scraps of privacy in the digital age, but our great grandparents may have felt the same way about photography in general. Whatever our trepidations, we can rest assured that they’ll be replaced by brand new concerns that we can’t even conceive of yet once items like this become ubiquitous.