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Lifelogging camera

Lifelogging is catching up quite a bit these days. For those who lifelog, it becomes an integral part of their lives. It really helps quantify what we are doing in our lives. One of the oldest devices being used to lifelog is the Lifelogging camera. This allows us to follow up on our day in a obsessive manner. Using a Lifelogging camera helps us in many aspects like quantifying ourselves, remembering and tracking things like emotions that can’t be measured by sensors. Although, a lifelogging camera isn’t the most subtle device.

What some Lifelogging cameras do is that they take pictures automatically, every set period of time and store them. We can then view this data  later. This  means that almost all of your activities are recorded. Some Lifelogging cameras click pictures only when instructed to.


The photos help us in numerous ways. Firstly, having a record of all our activities through the day helps us review the day in a better way. We can observe the activities we want to drop and where we have time to build on other activities over time. Hence, it helps immensely in habit formation. The lifelogging camera is a very effective method of self-tracking since, it helps you know what activity you’re performing at what time precisely and the environment in which you’re performing it. With all this info, its easier to remember the activity spontaneously when we are in a similar environment or at a similar time.

The photos also help us observe patterns and sequences in daily routines. This is like observing what activity leads to what result and other involuntary things we do in particular environments and times. This helps us to filter our activities and destroy our unwanted habits over time. This allows us to figure out our mistakes. Sometimes we do something and have no idea why its going wrong. There’s a really high possibility that the camera has caught the reason for the mistake and helps you rectify it.

Sometimes we pause our activities and think that we’ll get back to them later, but then find it difficult to resume the activity because we fail to remember how we left it or how to do it. We have the photos to refer to and helps us out of the situation.

The lifelogging camera also helps us remember things. Often we can’t easily recall a major portion of the day. We have a very blurry idea of a situation and most of the times we remember only the important portions of the day. The device steps in here and helps us out by giving us a clear picture of what we were doing exactly. This actually helps a lot to become more realistic in situations. Remember those times when we just couldn’t remember the person or object associated to a task and we really need to know who/what it was? With the camera we have a record of all of this in photos. This is also an amazing device for people who have fuzzy memories. It is really timesaving as it’s always more convenient to see what ever you want in an instant, than trying to remember something for hours together and being unsuccessful at it.

Most of the lifelogging cameras are capable of taking pictures and recording videos at instants we want them to specifically. This helps us in both our professional life and our personal life. We can click pictures or take a video of important professional stuff or just record our personal memorable moments using it. You can get one of the commercially available lifelogging cameras.

Narrative Clip 2

This is the second version of the venture by narrative and this really sets the bar for all lifelogging cameras. Some of its features are:

– It has a 8mp camera capable of full hd recording using a f/2.2 aperture and has a wide angle lens to capture a wider view.

– It’s really small in size and hence very convenient to use. It can be worn using the flexible clips available with it or as a necklace, etc. It weighs pretty less too -19 g, not making it a hassle to carry it around.

– You can use it on time lapse mode too to capture precious photos by placing it in a convenient position.

– It has 8 Gb internal storage meaning that it can store 4000 photos or 80 minutes of video which is pretty decent.

– It has GPS to display the location of photos and videos.

– It has WiFi capabilities to upload the data over to your cloud space. Bluetooth is available for settings, to manually capture using your smartphone.

– It is weatherproof. This protects it from rain and snow.
– It takes photos automatically every 30 seconds.

This is available for $199.


Ion snap cam

For people with privacy concerns , a camera that takes photos when you tap it

– Its weighs 33 grams and hence is really easy to use.
– It has a 8mp camera for photos and 720p video recording capabilities at 30 fps.
– It is splash proof for rain and snow protection.
– It has a pretty good battery life with 7 days
– It has 8gb internal storage for 5000 photos or 2 hrs of video

This  is available for $150 only.


While this seems to be too good to be true, it isn’t the most unobtrusive device to wear around. Gordon Bell actively lifelogged for a very long time using a camera and was a pioneer in Microsoft’s research project ‘MyLife Bits’, which was related to lifelogging. He gave up lifelogging completely later and didn’t consider it useful. The same with Chris Anderson (a well known writer). This makes us really speculate the usability of the tech and is a real callout for new tech in the field of lifelogging. A problem with this is the insecurity of data in particular cases like cloud data being hacked and released publicly. By using the lifelogging camera we are basically storing all information about us at a place which could be stolen and be dangerous. This also a call out for better data storage.

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