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Coming soon: Cameras that never stop taking pictures

October 27, 2012 06:05 AM ET

The camera has a near-fisheye lens (136-degrees), so it captures a lot of visual information without aiming or pointing.

A recent statement by the company captures the idea of the constant camera perfectly: "Autographer is designed to change the way we think about photography: one where moments are captured without intervention."


A similar product called Memoto is in the works, and is being crowd-funded on Kickstarter.

The Memoto camera is a tiny, weather-resistant clip-on device that snaps a picture every 30 seconds. It also captures GPS location.

The camera doesn't even have a button. When you connect the device to a PC, it simultaneously charges the camera (it lasts two days on a charge), and the pictures are uploaded to Memoto's cloud service.

You then use a smartphone app to browse through the pictures, a task made easier by software-based auto-categorization (based on location, time and light). Or you can search, based on location, date or other information.

The purpose for this camera isn't photography, but prosthetic memory -- it gives you a literally photographic memory. (Their slogan is: "Remember every moment.")

The camera is low-quality, and the picture taking is low-frequency. But you can imagine this evolving into high-resolution photos taken, say, every second.

You just wear it and ignore it. But when you see Bigfoot, or witness a crime or when you run into Bill Murray on the street, you'll have pictures of everything.

Looxcie HD

A tiny video camera called the Looxcie HD looks at first like your standard extreme sports helmet cam. But in addition to doing neat tricks like streaming live video to Facebook and other services, the Looxcie HD does something truly amazing.

You can press a button, and it records constantly for up to five hours. It erases the video it captures almost as fast as it records it. However, if something happens that you wanted to record, just press another button, and the recent video is saved and uploaded to the cloud.

So the default in this mode is to constantly record and erase. It ends up being a video camera not for shooting video in the present, but in the past.

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The Looxcie HD camera borrows the record-and-purge concept from consumer dashcams -- special cameras designed to record video from inside a car constantly, and delete it constantly unless the user pushes a button that saves recent video.

Dashcams have been around for years, and are very popular in some parts of the world, such as Russia. In fact, some of the craziest videos you can find on YouTube were taken from dashcams.

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