Tiny clip-on camera for lifelogging

The tiny clip-on Memoto camera takes two photos a minute. The Memoto app displays the GPSd photos on a timeline, so you can go back and see where you were at any point in the past.

The camera has no buttons. (That's right, no buttons.) As long as you wear the camera, it is constantly taking pictures. It takes two geotagged photos a minute with recorded orientation so that the app can show them upright no matter how you are wearing the camera. And it’s weather protected, so you don’t have to worry about it in inclement weather.

The camera and the app work together to give you pictures of every single moment of your life, complete with information on when you took it and where you were. This means that you can revisit any moment of your past.

I think it should have a pulse sensor on it so that when your heart rate increases, it starts shooting video.



  1. I think it should have a pulse sensor on it so that when your heart rate increases, it starts shooting video.

    Or when it stops…

    1.  Back in the pre-digital camera days, one of the most dreaded social invitations was to go see somebody’s slide show of their vacation photos.

      Inevetably it was full of bad photography of cliched, boring, or pointless subject matter. (I did however know just one guy who gave interesting slide shows).

      This device seems even worse because there is no possibility of composing, framing, or even selecting what is recorded.

      I dread visiting an older relative with one who insists on showing me their most recent church picnic experience.

      1. A friend of mine lugged a giant, vintage 3D camera to Cuba to take photos of notable mid-20th century architecture.  People beg for invitations to his slideshows.

      2. 1. who said it’s for anything but the wearers?
        2. the great thing about the internet and facebook is you only have to look at that which you want.

        grow up and see the future!

  2. I think there’s something similar for people with Alzheimer’s for them to review their day at the end of each day, which is supposed to help them retain more.

    1.  Of course, the Alzheimer’s sufferer would first have to remember to put it on and activate it.

      Speaking as the son of an Alzheimer’s sufferer, I suggest that it would almost immediately be forgotten and left sitting in a corner somewhere.

  3. This tech (as well as google glass) reminds me of the TV show Black Mirror episode: The Entire History Of You… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWN9WEU2NP8 That said, the first creepy hipster comes up to me wearing one of these cameras, is going to be asked kindly to remove it immediately, followed by me slapping it off their faces should they refuse. if you wanna take pictures of me, it’s common courtesy to ask permission first. Tying this into the cloud  or google/facebook/apple is even worse, combined with biometrics and shadow profiles used by these services, doesn’t leave much room for privacy, even for people who have never signed up.

      1. Sticking a camera in my face without permission and refusing to switch it off when asked != reasonable reaction

        It’s reasonable to physically defend your personal space if someone is aggressively encroaching upon it, and disrespecting you in the process.

        1. It depends on how frightened the victim is by the threat and if a reasonable person would be frightened. “I’m gonna whip your ass if you don’t get your camera out of my face.” may not be enough to constitute assault.

      1. Actually, no. I just remembered the movie (by a tattoo in a place I cannot tell), and the tattoos were an important part of the plot. Carry on.

  4. Neat. I think I might have one photo a day that even I’m not bored with, but still neat.

    However, I wonder how much memory it has – I spend almost my entire day away from wifi.

    Also, I have no smart phone except for a business one that I’m not allowed to use for personal use. Windows app?  Website?

    And, can I just download every photo or are my photos captive on their servers?

    Honestly I’d buy one right this minute if it had a microSD slot and/or a USB interface and didn’t have to be tied to an online account – I don’t even care if it has a radio.  Not really thrilled with another thing that is tied to some account, especially given that there are serious privacy issues here – their server will have a GPS track of your location constantly.

  5. Unless you glue it to the middle of your forehead*, all your memories will consist of people staring at a point way over your head while they talk to you.  That said, it’s a nice compact design- I could thing of a lot of uses for it.

    *or a prosthetic forehead on your real head.

      1.  Awesome! I’m familiar with the article, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen that illustration!

    1. Could glue it to your shoe (or stick it inside somehow with only the tiny camera lens exposed):  “Tiny clip-on camera for upskirting”

      This constantly being filmed future is gonna really suck.

  6. I’d be more concerned with the time lost to reviewing and cataloging all the data. Nevermind people’s innate inability to recognize what is actually interesting and telling about themselves.

    1. if it’s anything like the gopro cameras (which i assume it is) the images are stored sequentially and placed in a folder so all you’ve got to do is load it into after effects or premiere as a sequence and you’re good to go.

      honestly, i’d rather have a gopro than this no frills time lapse camera.

      either way there would be very little time involved in cataloging data. more time would be spent actually shooting the images throughout the day. seems kind of gimmicky though. not for real video producing enthusiasts.

    2. Here’s my latest lifelog, showing me lifelogging — it’s a photo of a computer screen showing a set of photos in an image catalog, each photo showing a similar image of the same screen as it was 30 seconds prior to the time the latest photo was taken. The photos in the photos of the catalog on the screen each show a screen with a photo catalog, infinitely regressing down to the pixel level.

  7. two photos per minute sounds weird. why not one photo every 30 seconds? or 120 photos per hour? or 2880 photos a day? compress your day into a 96 second long video.

    or all day in 00:01:30:06 (if you’re on a 30fps system)?

  8. “when your heart rate increases, it starts shooting video”

    Simpsons did it ! I mean TED did it ! > http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_harris_collects_stories.html (around 6m00)

  9. Thanks for writing about us! I love the idea of the device shooting video when your heart rate increases. Maybe it would be possible if we could get the camera to speak with a device like Basis (https://mybasis.com/ ).

    Simon, developer and one of the co-founders

  10. if cheap enough, i wouldnt mind getting one of these to put on my kittens collar to figure out where he goes during the day. 

  11. I’m not thrilled that it automatically posts it to their cloud service, available for a fee. I want my own image history to be mine and mine alone. I’m willing to store the 4GB/day on my own.

    The idea of having a visual record of your entire life is quite thrilling once you realize its broad ramifications. I saw Gordon Bell a few years ago discussing his own system for storing everything, including images from his life. He said his colleague discovered later he had a visual record of the first time he met his girlfriend, who obviously wasn’t his girlfriend at the time. 

    He wrote about his system in his book Total Recall: http://totalrecallbook.com/

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