Who said smartphones would kill off the personal digital camera? A new, wearable camera called Autographer goes on sale in the
The five-megapixel device weighs 58g and can be worn around the neck or clipped onto clothing. It is capable of shooting up to 2,000 photographs a day, and storing up to 28,000 on its internal memory.
It's the work of British firm
"For the past six months we have undertaken extensive beta testing and sought feedback to ensure that Autographer delivers all it was originally intended to and more," said OMG's head
"We've made valuable improvements to Autographer, including greater control of image capture frequency, improved functionality, the option to take pictures manually and an indicator displaying when images are captured."
The key feature is the device's automated picture-taking, using sensors to detect changes in light, motion, direction, colour and temperature to trigger its shots, which are also tagged with a location using its built-in GPS.
The companion iPhone app is already available, with an Android version to come. Users can browse, tag, share and delete images on their Autographer from their smartphone, as well as creating animated GIFs and stop-frame videos.
Autographer isn't the only device trying to capture a slice of the wearable camera market. "Lifelogging" camera Memoto is already available to pre-order for
Meanwhile, established devices from
While the latter devices have focused on specific uses – extreme sports for example – Autographer and Memoto are more about capturing scenes from everyday life, as are the photography features in
OMG claims that its own research shows 45% of
For now, wearable photography comes at a price – and potentially the cost is social as well as financial. How people react to someone once they twig they're wearing an automated camera is one of the more fascinating questions around this category of device.
Less "posed" life and more "uneasy" life, perhaps. But at least with more devices available to buy, we'll gain more of an understanding of the human impact of wearable cameras.
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