Liveblogging Life With the Wearable Vicon Revue Camera
A wearable camera that captures every moment
Put the Vicon Revue around your neck, and you’ll never have to remember anything again. It sees what you do and automatically records it all. A wide-angle fisheye lens gives the camera a 120-degree view—the lion’s share of your field of vision. Its image processor takes shutter cues from five onboard sensors: light detector, thermometer, compass, accelerometer and infrared. When any (or several) of the sensors registers a change, the camera instantly kicks into rapid-fire mode, grabbing one frame per second until conditions settle. As you walk into a restaurant, for instance, the Revue responds to the dimmer light and air conditioning. (At rest, it takes one picture every 30 seconds.) It comes with computer software that can create a low-res, YouTube-ready video flipbook of your day from start to finish.
While the Revue makes it easy to share your every move, it has more-practical applications, too. Researchers have used the system, based on a Microsoft Research project, as a recall aid for people with Alzheimer’s or memory loss. Future versions could add more consumer-focused features such as face detection and GPS for geotagging.